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  • Bobby Varua

    Culinary Director
    Bobby Varua brings an extensive background in modern French and American cuisine to his position of Culinary Director for Amricanahospitality.com. Born in New York City and raised in Long Island, New York, Bobby Varua developed his love for cooking at an early age from his father. A graduate of The Art Institute of New York, Bobby has had the opportunity to work at some of New York City’s most acclaimed restaurants. Under the tutelage of Daniel Boulud (Restaurant DANIEL), Jean-Georges Vongerichter (JEAN-GEORGE), Charlie Palmer (Aureole) and Michael Lomanaco (WINDOWS ON THE WORLD), Bobby has spent over a decade developing his own technique utilizing meticulous philosophy and approach he learned from his previous mentors. In 2003, Bobby was asked to oversee the culinary regime alongside French born, 3 star Michelin chef, Claude Troisgros in the opening of CAVIAR & BANANA RESTAURANT located on East 24th Street in New York City. A combination of classic French technique and South American ingredients, Bobby was able to put his stamp on the New York City dining scene as TIME OUT NEW YORK MAGAZINE recognized Bobby as “Rising Star Chef” in 2004. “…working with the Troisgros family was one of the most inspirational periods of my cooking career. To be able to work alongside someone I studied in school was truly a career memory I truly will never forget” In 2005, Bobby was asked by Tavistock Restaurant Group (based in Emeryville, CA) to oversee all culinary operations of the newly developed ZED451 Restaurants located in Chicago, Illinois. As the Corporate Executive Chef, Bobby’s responsibilities included menu design, instituting operational procedures, and the development of a profitable culinary program amongst multiple units. In 2008, Bobby came back to the East Coast becoming the Executive Chef of the acclaimed 701 RESTAURANT located in Washington, DC. Alongside JAMES BEARD award winning restaurateur, Ashok Bajaj, Bobby was able to gain notoriety from DC LUXURY MAGAZINE and the WASHINGTON POST for his whimsical take on modern/ contemporary French cuisine. In 2017, Bobby brought his talents to the AMERICANA located in East Windsor, NJ. “The best diner in America is this Jersey icon, says Time Out” according to NJ.com. A culinary project evolved by world known Chef Craig Shelton and now under the culinary direction of Chef Bobby Varua as the acting Culinary Director. He is married to his beautiful wife Jennifer Varua and is the proud father of 3 beautiful children Owen, Grace and Sophia. He resides in Flanders, New Jersey.
  • Constantine Katsifis

    Owner
    Constantine Katsifis is the owner of Americana – Constantine is never one to rest or take his success for granted – even after being named the “Best Diner in the State of NJ by the Star Ledger’s Inside Jersey magazine”. Each day he finds ways to please his guests with not only great food and service, but a dedication to a better product that comes with a side of education. Constantine is working diligently to change the paradigm in what we expect in a restaurant and improving our quality of life with better nutrition. In addition to Constantine’s restaurant interests he is heavily involved with the Embrace Kids Foundation and other charitable organizations.
  • Chris Kakos

    Managing Partner
    Chris Kakos is a Managing Partner for Americana – For those that frequent Americana you can’t miss Chris. His warmth and smile are what sets the service apart at Americana. His passion is providing the very best service to every guest that is greeted our doors. Whether it is a casual lunch or a 3 course dining experience he will make sure that you feel fulfilled. He invites you to join him for a dining experience that rivals the very best in any area of dining.