Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago is the first of several guest chefs Carmen Gonzalez says she'll invite to join her this summer in the kitchen of brand new restaurant Carmen at The Danforth.
PPH's Meredith Goad reports on her Maine a la Carte blog that Mantuano, whose restaurant is a favorite of the Obamas and Oprah, will cook with Gonzalez for a five-course, $125 pp dinner on July 25. The chefs met when they were contestants on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. Gonzalez told Goad she has also asked Jody Adams of Rialto in Cambridge, Mass. and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in Manhattan to collaborate on future special dinners.