✦ Begins his career interning at San Domenico restaurant on Central Park South. Refines his techniques at a number of other Manhattan eateries, Chianti, Barolo, and City Eatery, among them.
✦ Gets his big break at L'Impero, an Italian restaurant in Prospect Tower, opened in September, 2002. The New York Times gives the place a rave three-star review. Gourmet says he "raises the roof on the Manhattan school of Italian cooking." A star is born.
✦ Has a falling out with his partners and exits L'Impero in 2007. Appears as a judge on the TV shows "Chopped" and "Top Chef" on the Food Network, augmenting his celeb-chef status.
Today, Conant's restaurant empire includes places in Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
|Above, an excerpt from the Times Magazine piece that actually asks the question "WHAT IS TUDOR CITY?"|