Elizabeth Falkner, famous from cooking competition shows, like Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters, has taken on her next role. After announcing her departure from Krescendo in Brooklyn earlier this month, Elizabeth Falkner has landed the head chef position at a new Upper West Side restaurant opening this summer, Corvo Bianco.
Once she rose to fame, Falkner relocated from San Francisco, where her café Citzen Cakes was incredibly popular, to Brooklyn in 2012 to open Krescendo. She explained her leave from Krescendo as due to differing creative ideas, but she was offered this job a few weeks later.
Corvo Bianco is a new Italian restaurant at Columbus Avenue at 81st Street. Its main emphasis will be on coastal Italian, but Falkner told Grubstreet, “This is not just pizza and pasta: I am excited to cook a bunch of food, not strictly seafood.”
Even though Krescendo was an Italian restaurant, Falkner rose to fame as a pastry chef. She was originally asked to be the dessert and brunch consultant at Corvo Bianco, but she graciously stepped in as head chef when the original chef, Andrea Cobbe, had to suddenly back out due to a family emergency.
While the restaurant is set to open in July, Falkner will preview some of her dishes tonight at 7pm during Soiree in the Park, in tandem with the New Taste of the Upper West Side festival.