Peter Pollay

Credit: Martha Pollay

Chef and Restaurateur, Mandara Hospitality Group and Posana Restaurant

Maker: Chef

Peter Pollay is Executive Chef and Co-owner of Mandara Restaurant Group, which runs Posana Restaurant and two soon-to-be opened restaurants, Bargello and District 42 in the Hotel Arras in Asheville. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Executive Chef Peter Pollay has over 20 years of experience working in kitchens for Wolfgang Puck at Granita and Spago Chicago, David Burke at Park Avenue Cafe, Waldy Malouf’s Hudson River Club, and Larry Levy. His philosophy of sourcing premium ingredients, working with the local farming community, and never taking shortcuts can be sampled at any of our restaurants. When he’s not in the kitchen, Peter enjoys gathering for a family meal, cheering his kids on at soccer games, and traveling with his family.

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