Amoroso Endures

Overseer of four Caesars Entertainment restaurants and the conqueror of several triathlons, 
Anthony Amoroso has taken his rightful place at the top of the culinary crop.

By Frank Gabriel
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Anthony Amoroso.

Getting in touch with Anthony Amoroso isn’t the easiest thing to do.

Which is understandable, considering the corporate executive chef of four Caesars Entertainment-based restaurants — Atlantic Grill, Bill’s Burger Bar, Sammy D’s and Dos Caminos — has been rather busy lately.

Beyond professional culinary responsibilities, the 40-year-old Jersey City native finished third in his age group in the Atlantic City Triathlon back on Sept. 15. He’s had notable success in two other recent competitions — placing third in his age group at a triathlon in Heightstown and winning his age group at another ultimate endurance event in Bass River State Park.

When the still-youthful chef finally settled down for a revealing, personal discussion, we couldn’t help but be pleasantly surprised at his discernible lack of ego and his easy candor. All this coming from a guy — we should mention before moving further — who bested Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on an episode of Iron Chef America airing in October 2009.

Making this accomplishment all the more significant was the secret ingredient for that evening, the Mediterranean sea bass called branzino. Beating Morimoto, the only Iron Chef to appear in both the original Japanese version and its American counterpart, is epic in and of itself. But topping him in a battle featuring seafood is akin to kicking God out of his own bed and leaving crumbs all over the sheets.

At the time, Amoroso was posted at Las Vegas’ Bellagio, working as an executive chef for Micheal Mina’s first incarnation of SeaBlue, the East Coast sequel to which he later went on to establish at the Borgata in A.C. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves already.

The back-story of Amoroso’s career begins at age 13 with his mom and a mobile water ice business in what is now New York City’s trendy Meatpacking District. Deeming high school “not interesting enough,” he matriculated at Hudson County Community College’s Culinary Arts Institute. Shortly after graduating, Amoroso took an initial posting at the nearby Hilton Short Hills Country Club, speaking about this period in his budding career with great reverence.

“Everybody [who worked there] went on to do something great for themselves,” he says.

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1. Stephen Del Monte said... on Oct 25, 2012 at 02:14PM

“Anthony is first class...all the way. Humble does not begin to describe the man. He is a tremendous ambassador for Atlantic City...not only in regards to his culinary abilities, but as a person of integrity.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 11, 2013 at 01:33AM

“What a joke of a person. Thank God that AH got away before he rearranged her face again. Shameful.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Aug 24, 2013 at 06:44AM

“I grew up with Tony and never once witnessed him being violent. Always a well spoken, focused kid. Sounds like bullshit to me.”


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