For Executive Chef Adam Bordorano, being the chef at Astra is like running a different fine dining restaurant every night. Although Bordorano and his team offer the D & D building designers and clientele a café style lunch by day, at night the menu possibilities change to match the event, from festive corporate dinners to dream weddings. An accomplished chef with a varying resume, Adam likes the diversity his job gives him. Before attending culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, Bordorano was studying for his law degree. And when he’s not in the kitchen or developing a menu for a guest, he’s volunteering for local youth organization, Pencil, spending time with 7th and 8th graders doing real world math applications as part of an excel fundamentals program that he created. Spare time is not something that Chef Bordorano sees often.
Chef Bordorano’s intensive training began post-culinary school, when he first began his Charlie Palmer tutelage at Palmer’s flagship New York City restaurant, Aureole. At Aureole, Adam spent time carefully learning each station and the meticulous techniques that are used in that kitchen. He took those skills with him to Las Chicas Local and then to Chelsea Manor in NYC where he served as the managing toque at both establishments. In May of 2011, Chef Bordorano was brought back into the Charlie Palmer family when he was tapped by Chef Palmer to become the Executive Chef at Astra, where he still holds the helm today. At Astra, Adam serves hundreds dinner at once, customizes menus daily and occasionally, serves as the Justice of the Peace for marrying couples. There’s never a dull moment, but that’s how Chef Bordorano likes it.