Mary Attea is a New York City based chef. A native of Buffalo, Attea moved to New York City to attend graduate school, but instead discovered a passion for the restaurant industry while waiting tables at New York City restaurants, most notably AquaGrill. After several years spent in front of house positions, she decided to formally pursue her interest in cooking by attending the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Following graduation, Attea became a culinary intern at the acclaimed West Village restaurant Annisa, owned by Anita Lo. Attea rose through the ranks eventually becoming the restaurant’s first chef de cuisine. It was during her tenure that Annisa was awarded a third star from Pete Wells of the New York Times in 2014. At this time, she was also named a semi-finalist for an Eater “Young Guns” award. After Annisa closed, Attea spent some time traveling the world and working alongside Hillary Sterling at the popular NoHo restaurant Vic’s.