Frank McClelland of L’Espalier in Boston.
I made this video for my multimedia journalism class and I got in touch with the esteemed chef and proprietor for my project. I wanted to do my short documentary on someone in the restaurant industry, but I found it very difficult to get in touch with people, especially chefs. I had L’Espalier in the back of my mind, but after the other chefs had turned me down, I never thought that I would get an interview with the award-winning chef.
You can see how accomplished he is from his bio on the restaurant’s website:
“Chef Frank McClelland’s L’Espalier has been a perennial “best” of America’s restaurants for three decades, earning top accolades from Zagat, Forbes, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Frommer’s, Wine Spectator and Condé Nast Traveler as well as nods in international media. L’Espalier is New England’s most decorated independent restaurant with twelve consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards (the only one in Boston) and twelve consecutive Forbes (Mobil) Four-Star awards. He speaks and judges across the country at events like Taste of Vail, Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and the Chefs Collaborative National Summit.”
Luckily, my efforts to get in touch with the Chef paid off and he was kind enough to squeeze our interview into his busy schedule. I even got to chat with him after the interview and told him about my plans for culinary school. Chef Frank offered to give me a tour of the kitchen and also gave me the opportunity to intern with his team whenever I have a day off from school (I’m really excited about this!)
Hope you like the video!