Linda Sarris The Cheeky Chef


Linda Sarris was raised in the kitchen of a big Greek-American family and has been in love with food since she was a child.

After a career in book publishing, she followed her heart to the French Culinary Institute and then immediately off to Italy to sharpen her culinary skills in her own adventurous way. With a few stints in restaurants, she knew this wasn't her place to grow so began to create her own freelance chef position working with a farm-to-table cooking school in the Sicilian countryside, two summers with a winery on the coast of Tuscany, traveling for consulting jobs with restaurants in Romania and Colombia, all while building a small-but-mighty private chef business in NYC with her all-female team. 

Linda's cooking style features colorful seasonal produce and fresh salt-kissed seafood carefully flirting together with the help of traditional Italian techniques. 

Under the Cheeky Chef brand, Linda is creating SNACK Sicily a food/wine guide for travelers and will be organizing a chef-led tour to visit producers this fall. 


panelle with black aioli

caponata bruschetta 

farmers market salad, anchovy, pecorino

spaghetti with pesto trapanese

grilled calamari, chickpeas + sicilian chimichurri

swordfish involtini, shrimp + pistachio

once upon a time in new york: cannoli tart


Photos by: Katie June Burton