Commander's Palace, New Orleans
As executive chef at the famed Commander’s Palace restaurant in New Orleans, Tory McPhail, age 30, has already been nominated a James Beard Rising Star Chef Nominee during his first year at the helm.
Growing up in Ferndale, Wash., Tory’s childhood centered on the kitchen and the land. At age 17, Tory told his high school counselor that he was destined to be a chef and went directly upon graduation to the ACF-accredited cooking school at Seattle Community College. In 1993, Tory was hired by Executive Chef Jamie Shannon of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. That was the launching pad for stints in several prestigious kitchens such as Palace Café, The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., London’s Michelin Two-Star Picasso Room and its sister restaurant, L’Escargot, a brief stint in the Virgin Islands, and back to the Commander’s family in late spring of 2000 as a key figure in the opening team of Commander’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Today, Tory is not only making his mark in the New Orleans kitchen, but also on the small screen, hosting Turner South’s original weekly series, “Off the Menu” which brings together two worlds close to every Southerner’s heart — the great outdoors and the kitchen. In addition to numerous appearances on New Orleans local programs, Chef Tory has also been seen on Sara’s Secrets, My Country My Kitchen, Into the Fire and Bobby Flay’s Food Nation, all on the Food Network.