Meet Victoria Blamey - former Executive Chef at Gotham Bar & Grill in New York City

Updated: Feb 1

Navigating through a period of emotional turmoil, Victoria Blamey faced disappointment, sadness, fear, and uncertainty, and finally found hope in the opportunity that the pandemic represents. An opportunity to reinvent the flawed restaurant industry into a more virtuous ecosystem.

Photo: courtesy of Victoria Blamey

“Chefs play a big role in the contribution to changing people mindset, society, and shaping the next generation of chefs to think sustainable.”

Chilean native, Victoria Blamey has worked in Michelin starred kitchens all over the world, ranging from Europe to Australia and finally the U.S. The world has always been her playground and she has developed a culinary style that reflects her journey as a global citizen Chef. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was a disappointed and apprehensive Chef, especially right after the announcement of the permanent closure of the emblematic Gotham Bar and Grill, a restaurant she had taken over in 2019. Victoria's daily life is now frequently punctuated by reflections on how to rethink a New York restaurant industry that had been flawed for a long time. She denounces the archaic principles of the prestigious gastronomic institutions which, to her, have missed the boat to fulfill their primary mission of inspiring, showing the way and creating opportunities. As difficult as this period may be, it nevertheless allowed Victoria to have one certainty: she no longer wants to take over a gigantic restaurant. Her dream is to build something that can also provide, while embracing the diversity and multiculturalism of New York City.

Welcome Victoria to Chefs for Impact!

By Victoria Blamey as told to Chefs for Impact

Gotham Bar & Grill was one of the first victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan. What is your experience navigating these times of uncertainty?