Chas Anderson, 29

Chef/Owner, Burrata Wood Fired Pizza

By one measure, Chas Anderson's Burrata Wood Fired Pizza restaurant in Eastchester was four generations in the making: His mother’s grandfather was a chef at the ritzy India House Club in downtown Manhattan; his father’s father was the host of the famed 21 Club, also in Manhattan; and his mother was an avid cook. 

By another, Burrata had been incubating for about a decade. Ten years ago, after his freshman year at Iona College, Anderson, now 29, said sayonara to school and shipped off to Pittsburgh to learn the intricacies of flat-bread baking, the very foundation of pizza-making (“If you’re not starting with a good foundation, you’re not going to end up with a superior product,” he says). Then he fled to the kitchens of pizzerias in Naples, Italy; then to Milwaukee, where he spent a year learning the restaurant business from his relatives, owners of 15 restaurants; on to the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in Manhattan; and, finally, back to Italy, this time to study at the prestigious ALMA cooking school and intern with Chef Valentino Marcattilli at his triple-Michelin Star-rated Ristorante
San Domenico in Imola. 

Today, of course, Anderson is in Eastchester, and it’s not unusual for Burrata, which seats 55, to do 300 covers on a Friday or Saturday night. The New York Times, which rated Burrata “worth it,” their second-highest honor for dining establishments, wrote that “his pizza crust—the holy grail of pizza geeks—has a tender, springy sponge and a brittle shell.” All that time spent getting it right paid off, and not just for the stellar reviews (did we mention Burrata has cultivated a 93-percent rating on UrbanSpoon since it opened in February 2012?). “I live for watching people enjoy themselves eating the food I’ve created,” Anderson says.  

Quick Facts

Chas Anderson: was raised in Westchester, lives in a house he owns, is single, does not have any children, wears business casual to work, is a Yankees fan, uses Instagram, and cooks in his spare time. 

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Wunderkinds by the Numbers

Raised in Westchester: (13) 62%
Recent transplant: (7) 33%
Lives in a House: (6) 28.5%
Lives in an Apartment: (9) 43%
Lives in a Townhouse: (2) 9.5%
Lives with Parents: (4) 19%
Rents: (9) 43%
Owns: (8) 38%
Single: (16) 76%
Married: (4) 19%
Engaged: (1) 5%
No Kids: (21) 100%
Bachelor’s: (15) 71%
Master’s: (3) 14%
Law: (2) 9.5%
Wears Suit & Tie to Work: (4) 19%
Wears Business Casual: (12) 57%
Wears Jeans: (3) 14%
Wears Red & Khaki: (1) 5%
Wears Gym Clothes: (1) 5%
Uses Facebook: (8) 38%
Uses LinkedIn: (3) 14%
Uses Twitter: (6) 28.5%
Uses Instagram: (6) 28.5%


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