Will Artley brings more than a decade of restaurant experience to his position as Executive Chef at Pizzeria Orso. A seasoned chef familiar with the unique needs of a neighborhood restaurant, Artley looks forward to ramping up the Orso's menu with a variety of small plates split into categories such as vegetables, meat and seafood. Before taking over the oven at Orso, Artley went to Los Angeles to study under noted pizzaiolo Peppe Miele to receive his certification in baking authentic Neapolitan pizzas.
Most recently Artley was the Executive Chef at Evening Star Café, a popular Alexandria neighborhood restaurant where his menus reflected his passion for refined American comfort food. While at Evening Star, Artley was nominated by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for their “Rising Culinary Star of the Year” award. Prior to joining Neighborhood Restaurant Group at Evening Star Café, Artley worked at a number of prestigious restaurants in Washington, DC, including Butterfield 9 and Indebleu.
A New Mexico native, Artley was raised in a military family, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and be exposed to wide range of cuisines from a very early age. His early culinary exposure fostered his passion for cooking and he decided to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.
Prior to enrolling in the CIA, Artley staged at some of the greatest restaurants in New York City, including Danube and Jean Georges. He continued staging under notable chefs during his time at the institute and worked with Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson's Aquavit restaurant in New York City, and did an externship with Chef Seth Bixby Daugherty at his heralded Minneapolis restaurant, D'Amico Cucina.
Upon graduation in 2003, Artley was hired by the legendary Chef Bob Kinkead in Washington, DC to help open his newest restaurant, Colvin Run Tavern, located in Tysons Corner, Va. Artley also served as a line cook at Chef Kinkead's eponymous restaurant in the District, Kinkead's.
Throughout his career, Artley has participated in several prestigious events. In 2003 and 2006, he was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York with his mentor, Daugherty. In February 2008, Artley was selected as one of eight chefs to participate in the White House Guest Chef program, where he prepared a coursed luncheon for 80 cabinet members and commissioned officers.
He can be found on Twitter: @chefwillartley
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