Chef Feature: Chef Kelly Armetta

Sep 20, 2017

Are you looking for a comfortable dining setting paired with a menu that explodes with flavor? Dine at  Avenue One at the Hyatt Regency  to taste food like their award-winning Boston chowder prepared by Chef Kelly Armetta, a seasoned chef with 35+ years of experience, or visit him at Taste of Downtown Crossing for his seafood demonstration.

Your Twitter profile says life is all about Family, Food, and Fun. How do you find ways to infuse these three things and also stay passionate about food and cooking? 

Cooking and eating are ways of life. We all dine for common reasons: celebration, nutrition, work and/or fun. It’s weaved into everything we do. Everyone can relate to a cook no matter how old you are or what profession you’re in, so that makes it really easy to stay motivated and passionate.

We read that your mantra is that it is not enough to be a good chef without regard to a product’s heritage and its care. Can you please elaborate on that?

Particularly today, it’s really important to know the area of growth and seasonality of ingredients, as well as the handling of these products. We all have to be responsible and do our part, with the knowledge of care of the foods we eat, for ourselves and family, because that is part of the culture of today’s professional chef. We all need to understand the needs of the future for our children and to preserve our environment.

What do you enjoy most about Avenue One? 

The many facets of a hotel restaurant. We have to strive to be all things to everyone. We provide a service level higher than most and it’s expected of us. I believe I do it, too.

How would you describe Avenue One for those who haven’t been? 

Avenue One is a little bit of everything. Comfortable, cozy and a hidden gem.

What is your earliest food-related memory? 

My earliest food-related memory are the hot bagels from the local store outside of my bedroom window. I could see the neon sign that flashed on the window when the bagels were fresh out from the oven. I must have been five or six years old.

How has your taste evolved through the years? 

It has become simpler but more diverse. I have also gained an appreciation of classic dishes.

What are your favorite dishes / items to prepare (at work or at home) and why? Simple

Fresh pasta dishes and anything with locally caught seafood.

What’s one ingredient that you can’t live without? 


What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten?

I can’t answer that. I have expectations wherever I am visiting, whether it’s a diner, casual or high-end restaurant. If I’m at a steakhouse, I expect great seasoned and quality meat, cooked to perfection.

What’s your favorite type of music to listen to in the kitchen?

No music in the kitchen. It’s a distraction and everyone has different taste in style. Besides, kitchens are busy places and you need to concentrate on the environment.

If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? 

Rudy Giuliani.

Interested in seeing what Chef Kelly Armetta is going to cook for his seafood demonstration? Join us at Taste of Downtown Crossing on Sunday, September 24th from 12-3 pm!

More about Taste of Downtown Crossing

Taste of Downtown Crossing is a celebration of diverse food, culture and entertainment. The event is gated on Avenue de Lafayette; patrons may purchase tickets online prior to the event for $25/person or at the event for $30/person.

Visit Taste of Downtown Crossing for more information, and check out event updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #TasteofDTX.