Teddy Diggs, Executive Chef of Il Palio at The Siena Hotel, arrived in Chapel Hill by way of notable culinary establishments in Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, DC. A 2004 graduate of the CIA, Hyde Park, Chef Teddy Diggs has been distinguished as a Rising Star Chef in New England, and prepared dinner for the President and First Lady.
Early on Chef Teddy Diggs exhibited an interest in food and cooking. Teddy’s mother, making note of her grade school son’s ardent attention to Food Network, “arranged”, for him to skip school for a Mother/Son jaunt to meet his then hero, Emeril Lagasse”. This stand out experience followed by his first job at 15, making pizzas at a local pizzaria, were likely harbingers of a destined culinary path.
Post grad CIA, Chef Teddy Diggs embraced opportunities in our nations’ capital under the tutelage of Maestro’s Star Chef Fabio Trabocchi, and Blue Ridge’s Barton Seaver, prior to being designated as Ripple’s Executive Chef. In 2010, Chef Teddy Diggs was lured to Martha’s Vineyard where he presided over the kitchens of the renowned Art Cliff Diner, and Homeport at The Beach Plum Inn, where he cooked for the Obamas.
On his culinary journey, Chef Teddy Diggs has become a passionate advocate for sustainability in seafood practices. In confirmation, he states, “sustainable fishing includes the fishermen and their communities. Purchasing locally-caught fish not only sustains a way of life but also helps to support (read: sustain) a particular family or community”.
Chef Teddy Diggs believes, “Food should be nearby, it should always be about supporting home base.” His seasonally minded dishes feature “restrained” preparation, allowing the carefully chosen products’ flavors to shine. Expect a lightness and balance in taste and intensity. Diggs’ recipe for gnocchi, painstakingly honed over several years, is a perfect example of his drive to deliver the best, flawless culinary experience for diners.
Chef Teddy Diggs looks forward to being an integral part of the community and taking advantage of the diversity and abundance of lifestyles and cultures.
Il Palio at The Siena Hotel
1505 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514