John DeLucie is the Chef Proprietor of Crown and The Lion restaurants in Manhattan. Most recently DeLucie opened Crown in a 1902 mansion; steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side. Crown's menu features continental cuisine served in an elegant and sophisticated setting. The Lion is located in Manhattan's West Village and features a menu consistent with the Chef himself; classic American with undeniable Italian influences. DeLucie is also the Founding Chef of The Waverly Inn which opened in 2006 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village to critical acclaim.
DeLucie started his career not over an open flame but climbing the corporate ladder in a number of 9-5 jobs. It was not until attending a cooking class at New York's New School for Culinary Arts that he decided a career as a chef was his true calling. Having grown up in a traditional Italian-American family, John was constantly surrounded by great food. His grandfather owned and operated a fruit and vegetable market and would bring home a bountiful selection of ingredients each evening that his grandmother would turn into a meal showcasing boldly flavored seasonal food.Read More »