Day in the Life: Camille Becerra

Camille Becerra—an entrepreneur, a mother, and a chef in a city with over 24,000 restaurants.

While all restaurateurs want to keep their patrons coming back, New York chef Camille Becerra has an additional objective—to immerse each of her diners in the creative power of flavor and by extension, to teach them new ways of cooking and thinking about food. Camille has built her reputation by cutting through the ruthless noise of the New York restaurant scene with ingenious, vibrant dishes that dazzle both the palate and the eye. After heading up the kitchens at the locavore restaurant Navy and the hip Café Henrie, she’s now running her own Nolita café, De Maria. She brings to her kitchen sturdy good sense, nourishing care and a devotion to unusual flavor combinations. We spoke at De Maria, where a warm breeze floated in from the Bowery, and where a group of first-time diners i...

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