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Wine Me Dine Me: Chef to stars shakes up Rochester gastropub – Entertainment –

He’s cooked for presidents and first ladies at inaugurations and celebrations, competed on – and won – Iron Chef America and served as chef at birthday parties for luminaries like Shaquille O’Neal and Julia Child.

During his 40-year career, chef Walter Leffler has led the culinary programs at renowned Hilton hotels including the Willard Room at Washington D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental just outside the White House grounds, where former First Lady Nancy Reagan dined three times a week and the Hilton Short Hills in New Jersey, the only 5-Diamond Hilton restaurant worldwide. A guest chef at the James Beard House on dozens of occasions, Leffler even cooked for the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” launch party.

But chef Leffler kept many of those experiences, accolades and honors off of his resume when searching for a new position in the Seacoast area a year ago, before finally landing at Revolution Taproom

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