About Bill Telepan
Since 2008, Chef Bill Telepan has been the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthy. As the first chef to join the WITS team, Bill has served as a leader of the WITS Cook for Kids program by developing nutritious school menus, training cafeteria workers and teaching culinary and nutrition concepts to students, parents and teachers. In 2009, Bill was honored with a selection to First Lady Michelle Obamaís Chefs Move to School task force and preliminary conferences.
With the desire to make his cuisine accessible to the home cook, Telepan penned the cookbook Inspired by Ingredients (Simon & Schuster), published in 2004. The following year, he opened Telepan restaurant on the Upper West Side of NYC. The restaurant showcases Billís simple and balanced approach to cooking and has earned him a loyal following and accolades including a Michelin Star in 2013.
This past year, Chef Telepan opened Telepan Local in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. The name is a nod to both the traditional "go-to" spots that serve as the heart of each neighborhood as well as Bill's longtime dedication to locally grown ingredients. The menu at Telepan Local features casual, tapas-style American fare from an open kitchen, with a seasonal focus that has become the chef's signature.