From an early age, St. Tropez, France native Dominique Filoni had a unique passion for cooking. Whether helping his grandmother prepare one of her legendary culinary specialties, foraging for exotic mushrooms and wild leeks with his uncle, tending to the family garden or searching for snails with his mother, family activities often revolved around food. At the age of sixteen, Mr. Filoni graduated with honors from the intensive culinary program at the Lycee Hotelier Institute in Hyeres, France. In 2009, he accepted the position of Executive Chef at Avenue restaurant – an elegant beach-side brasserie in Long Branch, New Jersey. In keeping with his unique philosophy to utilize the only the best, most seasonal ingredients available, Chef Filoni serves up elegant cuisine infused with the flavors of the French Riviera - from classic Steak Frites and Trout Amandine to the decadent Salt Crusted Branzino and Lobster Pot-au-Feu. Chef Filoni has been featured on the CBS Early Show, Food Network, in Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, and Town & Country, among others.