Vessel NOLA, New Orleans
CHEF AMANDALYNN PICOLO’S STORY
Chef Amandalynn Picolo was born and raised in Gretna, Louisiana in the Greater New Orleans Area. She was raised in a large German Italian family which strongly influenced her love for cooking at an early age – in fact, by the age of eight, she was preparing entire meals at home for her family and baking cookies for Christmas gifts. After graduation, Amandalynn went to work in Computer Engineering but also worked coking jobs to feed into her passion. Eventually, Amandalynn’s obvious love for cooking drove her to culinary school where she acquired an Associates in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia.
Her desire to understand the ins and outs of the restaurant hospitality field has led her to work in multiple areas beyond the kitchen as a sous chef, restaurant manager, and director of outlets at a hotel. With over 19 years of food and beverage experience under her belt, Amandalynn has developed her own signature style of cuisine: new American mixed with New Orleans influences. She has earned rave reviews and gained a large following with both locals and tourists since taking over as head chef at Vessel in 2018.
3835 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119