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John DeLucie

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New York City chef and renowned restaurateur John DeLucie is a founding partner of three Manhattan landmarks: The Lion, The Crown, and Bill’s Food & Drink, which is set within the landmark three-story townhouse that held the famed prohibition-era bar, Bill’s Gay Nineties. John has also recently taken the helm at the historic St. Regis New York, completely redesigning the culinary concept for the renowned King Cole Bar & Salon to transform it into one of Manhattan’s most talked-about new restaurants.

A native New Yorker, John’s traditional Italian-American family helped nurture his love of great food. His grandfather owned and operated a vegetable and grocery market in Brooklyn, and returned home each evening with a bounty of fresh, seasonal ingredients which his grandmother turned into a savory meal that brought family and friends together in a nightly ritual. Later, John attended a cooking class at the New School for Culinary Arts and his life’s passion was born.

With over 19 years in the business, John began his career in European kitchens, gaining experience in the food vernacular of Italy and France. He returned stateside and furthered his skills at several celebrated NYC eateries. Prior to opening The Lion in 2010, DeLucie was the Founding Chef and Partner of The Waverly Inn.

DeLucie is committed to various charitable organizations including The Children’s Defense Fund, In God’s Love We Deliver and Taste of the Nation, among many others.

John lives in New York’s West Village and can often be seen running the West Side Highway or taking his beloved Vespa around town.