Amanda Freitag Biography
A native of New Jersey, United States, Amanda Freitag is an American cookbook author and celebrity chef. However, she is known for her frequent guest on Food Network television programs and operates as a judge on television cooking competitions.
Amanda Freitag Age
Freitag is 50 years old as of 2022. She was born on 11 May 1972 in New Jersey, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 11 May every year.
Amanda Freitag Height
Freitag stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches(1.75m) tall and weighs 66 kilograms.
Amanda Freitag Education
Freitag attended Cedar Grove High School, then known as Memorial High School, where her home economics teacher, Joan Levine, recommended that Freitag might be interested in attending the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). She however attended CIA at the Hyde Park location, graduating in 1989.
Amanda Freitag Family
Freitag was born and raised in New Jersey, the United States by her affectionate and devoted parents. Her mother is Kathleen and her father is Paul. She grew up with her two brothers Jason and Justin.
Amanda Freitag Husband
Any information regarding Fritag’s husband is publicly not available. We don’t know if she is dating, Married, or in a relationship. Also, her kids are not known. We will update this section once the information is available.
Amanda Freitag Net Worth
Freitag has an estimated net worth of $3 Million.
Amanda Freitag Restaurant
Following graduation in 1989, Freitag took a position at Vong New York working under chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In 1994, she left Vong to cook at Verbena, under chef Diane Forley. Freitag has noted that her time at Verbena was meaningful and she built important relationships, where she first discovered to focus on using local, organic ingredients. After Verbena, Freitag traveled to France and Italy, working for a short while at L’Arpège restaurant under chef Alain Passard in 1999.
In 2003, Freitag and restaurateur Godfrey Polistina opened the Upper West Side restaurant Cesca Enoteca & Trattoria. She was chef de cuisine at Cesca, before moving to an executive chef position at The Harrison. On September 3, 2010, The New York Times reported that she would be quitting the Harrison, and the restaurant’s owner, Jimmy Bradley, will return as a chef.
From January 2014 until July 2015, she took over as executive chef of the Empire Diner in Manhattan, New York. In September 2020, she and Kevin Lillis’ Hospitality Alliance opened the bistro Rise & Thyme in Dallas, Texas.
Amanda Freitag Television appearances
Since 2009, Freitag is a frequent judge on the culinary reality game show Chopped.
In 2009, She battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America in “Battle: King Crab” (season 7, episode 10), with judges Keyshawn Johnson, Maggie Rodriguez, and Domenica Catelli. She narrowly lost, with a score of 49 against Flay’s 50 points. The judging was evenly matched, with the exception of Freitag having earned one point fewer in the “taste” category.
Freitag competed in The Next Iron Chef Season 2, finishing in fourth place. Freitag stated she would continue as a judge on Chopped for the 2010 season and she returned for the season four episode “Against the Tide”.
On April 15, 2012, episode of Iron Chef America, Freitag appeared alongside Chopped Grand Champion Madison Cowan in “Battle: Kale”, acting as Cowan’s sous chef. She appeared as a contestant on season five of The Next Iron Chef. She lost to Alexandra Guarnaschelli in the finale on December 23.
On May 22, 2015, she and Ty Pennington began hosting the new Food Network series American Diner Revival, on which they make over diners’ menus and interiors.