Jimmy Bradley at The Red Cat


Jimmy Bradley is the chef/owner of Red Cat. He started making pizzas when he was 14 years old — after he forged his working papers so he could get a job — and then worked in the front of the house to pay his way through college. He was fired for shaving his head, but he convinced his manager to move him to the kitchen instead of letting him go. He cut his teeth shucking clams and oysters and making coleslaw and ravioli, working his way into a position on the line. “That was it,” he says. He never left the kitchen.


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Chef Joey Campanaro reviews Zucchini w/ almonds & Pecorino at The Red Cat
$$$ | Modern | American
"Jimmy Bradley has been making this "quick sauté of zucchini" with toasted almonds and Pecorino since he was the chef at Savoir Fare, and I've been eating it almost as long. It's four ingredients that love to be together on the plate now found at a neighborhood favorite in Chelsea."
Chef Joey Campanaro reviews Prime New York shell steak at The Red Cat
$$$ | Modern | American
"I worked for Jimmy Bradley for many years and I know most of his secrets—actually, he showed me most of mine. This dish has been on the menu for 10 years. JB gets good meat and handles it skillfully and thoughtfully. It’s essentially served with a warm fennel and potato salad. A touch of roasted tomatoes adds a natural acidity, making you feel better as you knocking down this 12-ounce prime steak."

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