Diana Pérez

A trained chef with a varied and extensive professional background, including
working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and New York as well as experience in TV, digital and print culinary media and global food events such as Expo Milano 2015. Member of the Associates Board at America Media, which leads the conversation between faith and culture.

USA Pavilion 2015: USA Pavilion Announces the James Beard American Restaurant at Seven Stars Galleria in Milan

USA Pavilion 2015: USA Pavilion Announces the James Beard American Restaurant at Seven Stars Galleria in Milan

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The USA Pavilion is proud to announce the James Beard American Restaurant at Seven Stars Galleria. Situated in the heart of central Milan atop the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the James Beard American Restaurant will provide a showcase for a rotating cast of American chefs, ingredients, beverages and other American gastronomic delights.


Operating much in the same manner as the James Beard House in New York City, the restaurant will be a centerpiece of culinary programming and gastronomic activity during the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, where American chefs will offer a five-course prix-fixe dinner showcasing their unique styles while celebrating regional American foods and cuisines. The James Beard American Restaurant will also host great Italian chefs interpreting American cuisine. On Sundays, the restaurant will feature brunch throughout the day, curated by Chef Evan Hanczor of the celebrated Egg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with jazz, gospel and other classical American entertainment. The restaurant will also host special tastings, receptions, demonstrations and various cultural events.


An amazing group of chefs will be cooking at the James Beard American Restaurant at the Seven Stars Galleria. All chefs are recognized by the James Beard Foundation and/or the International Culinary Center, and all are members of the American Chef Corps. The list of guest chefs is still in formation so stay tuned to [LINK TO SCHEDULE PAGE] for updates. Reservations will be able to be made online in mid-April. In the meantime, if you wish to request reservations for specific dates, send an email with your complete reservation and contact information (including daytime phone number) to restaurant@usapavilion2015.net and someone will respond to confirm and take credit card details.



8–9 Mark Ladner, Del Posto, New York, NY

12–13 Evan Hanczor, Egg, Brooklyn, NY

15–16 Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR

19–20 Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park, Boston, MA

22-23 Paul Bartolotta, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas, NV

26–27 Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill, Los Angeles, CA/Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco, CA/Emily Luchetti, Marlowe, San Francisco, CA

29–30 Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY



2–3 Maria Hines, Tilth, Seattle, WA

5–6 Art Smith, Table 52, Chicago, IL

9–10 Rick Moonen, RM Seafood, Las Vegas, NV

12-13 Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, Minneapolis, MN and Lenny Russo, Heartland, St. Paul, MN

16–17 John Besh, Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA

23–24 Rick Bayless, Topolobampo, Chicago, IL



4 Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

7–8 Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi, New York, NY

14-15 Sara Jenkins, Porchetta, New York, NY

17–18 Tim Byres, Smoke, Dallas, TX

21–22 José Andrés, Jaleo, Washington, D.C.

24 –25 Mario Pagán, Laurel Restaurant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

28–29 Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes, Baltimore, MD

31–8.1 Dean Fearing, Fearing’s Restaurant, Dallas, TX



4–5 Michael Lomonaco, Porter House, New York, NY

7–8 Ken Frank La Toque, Napa, CA

18–19 Cristeta Comerford, The White House, Washington, D.C.



4–5 Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver, CO

8–9 Norman Van Aken, Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton, Orlando, FL

11-12 Alex Young, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

15-16 Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta, GA

18–19 Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten, Athens, GA

22–23 Ming Tsai, Blue Dragon, Boston, MA

25–26 Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI



2–3 Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurant, New York, NY

6-7 Jeff Drew, Snake River Grill, Jackson Hole, WY

9–10 Marc Murphy, Landmarc, New York

13-14 Kirsten Dixon and Mandy Dixon, Within the Wild, Anchorage, AK

16–17 David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

23 –24 Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR

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