Posted: 08/10/2021 | by Olivia

Five Special Chefs in Lancaster, PA

Read about these five chefs who are proud to serve delicious and memorable meals in Lancaster!

1. Chef Taylor Mason – LUCA

Chef Taylor is the chef and owner of downtown restaurant, LUCA. Their wood-burning hearth and Neapolitan oven are incorporated into all of the dishes. LUCA focuses on the traditions of Italy while being rooted in the heritage of Lancaster, as a farm-driven kitchen with locally sourced vegetables and meats, as well as handmade pasta. Reserve your table at LUCA today and see for yourself why Chef Taylor was named semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs in America Award in 2020.

The tomato's were picked that day and still warm from the sun by the time it got to the kitchen. It was a very ambitious menu. And the flavor and presentation was unbelievable.
- thelappadventur on LUCA | Trip Advisor, 2020

2. Chef John Moeller - The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar

Reserve your table at The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar to taste delicious and elegant cuisine prepared by Chef John Moeller. Chef John acted as Head Chef in the White House 1992 until 2005. Chef John’s journey began right here in Lancaster County, PA with a deep passion for cooking. After graduating from Johnson and Wales College, he lived in France where he studied the fundamentals of French cuisine under some of the finest French chefs, including 2-star Michelin Chef, Bernard Loiseau.

The dinner was beyond excellent. Everything extremely fresh and seasoned with precision. Lovely inside and out.
- bbfrommdon on The Greenfield Restaurant | Trip Advisor, 2021

3. Chef Phillip Ponticelli - Café 1832

Dine at Strasburg Rail Road’s Café 1832 for family friendly dishes created by Chef Phillip Ponticelli. Graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Phillip was formerly an executive chef for Walt Disney World. He worked for twelve years at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and served as Chef de Cuisine for four years at the Golden Oak Country Club. His attention to detail and scratch-made menu makes Chef Phillip’s truly cooking memorable.

The chicken and beef brisket sandwiches were perfect in every way and the French fries were the best we ever had. The kids loved the chicken tenders . This place has become one of our favorite places.
- harris_gaj on Café 1832 | Trip Advisor, 2021

4. Chef Paula Phenneger – Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Tavern

Chef Paula Phenneger prepares diverse classic and signature recipes right on-board Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Tavern at Fulton Steamboat Inn. A native of Lyon, France, Chef Paula brings international flair to the menu including a signature Marsala wine sauce. Working as a personal chef in South Africa and for Michelin Star restaurants in France, Chef Paula has developed skills to thoroughly “wow” guests at Huckleberry’s.

Food was fresh and delicious. Will definitely come back. Loved the décor and atmosphere. The restaurant was clean and neat.
- melissabW8951RW on Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Tavern | Trip Advisor, 2021

5. Rikku Ó’Donnchü – Amorette

Dine at Amorette to enjoy Four Diamond award winning dishes. Chef Rikku and his team create edible art, and foodies can experience a long journey of culinary discovery and sensory enlightenment. Share an intimate seat at the Chef’s Table in the heart of Amorette’s Kitchen with up to 8 guests. Experience a themed, blind immersive dining experience prepared and served by Executive Chef Rikku and his team.

The true star of the evening -- was the wagyu ribeye. It was prepared perfectly, and the jus that accompanied it was absolutely divine! Every bite was savory, tender, and delicious.
- YorkTravelGirl on Amorette | Trip Advisor, 2019

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