Chef Mogan Anthony’s talent and passion for food can be traced back to his roots of ancient spices. Born and raised in Malaysia (30 miles out of Thailand) growing up in a Southern Indian family, he was mesmerized by the flavors and uses of the indigenous herbs and spices of his ancestors.
Journeying to Singapore for college, Mogan worked in the hospitality industry in varied roles before landing a captain position at The Four Seasons, Singapore. It was there he had the fortunate opportunity of making his way into the kitchen to learn alongside Chef Nobu as well as other Michelin star European chefs. Fascinated by their art and culinary precision, he built his own skill set and traveled further, making his way through Hong Kong, China and Australia to immerse himself in world cuisine by sampling and experiencing a vast variety of international fare. From there Mogan chose New York to begin his professional career.
Mogan’s first job as a cook came at the Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, NY under Chef Brian Lewis and Jeremy McMillan whom he credits greatly. Taking courses at the French Culinary Institute led a determined Mogan to knock on Jean Georges’ back door for several months. When a life changing call in 2006 meant the honor of working with Jean Georges’ son Cedric Vongerichten at a Michelin star restaurants Perry Street and Spice Market in New York City. This priceless opportunity with Jean George (which lasted 4 years), Mogan admits he learned a lifetime’s worth was a highlight of his blossoming career.
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In 2010 Mogan accepted the Chef de Cuisine position with the Barcelona Restaurant Group in Greenwich, CT where he embraced the simplicity of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, cooking without manipulating ingredients under the direction of Chefs Christian Petroni and Adam Halberg. Mogan also has had the opportunity to assist both Chef Vongerichten of Perry Street and Chef Adam Halberg of Barcelona during their appearances at The James Beard House.
Chef, Mogan at Village Social Kitchen + Bar has masterfully infused his talent and global experiences to redesign their menu and execute award-winning dishes. He has received accolades from many local media outlets, won Best of Westchester designations by Westchester Magazine for 2012 and 2013 and appeared on season 16 of Food Network’s famed competition show, CHOPPED. Utilizing his expertise and expanding his culinary repertoire, Village Social Kitchen + Bar will open a new concept restaurant, this fall named, Locali in New Canaan, Connecticut (link to Local Restaurant Page)- emphasizing Neapolitan style wood fire pizza and small plates.
As his global adventures and foreign roots prove, Mogan has a thirsting spirit for inspiration. On days off he’s been known to travel to Boston or other local big cities simply to try a new restaurant. His tireless pursuit of fresh ingredients, cooking styles and innovative cuisine is translated through guests’ palates. The pleasure and satisfaction of those dining with him is his greatest success of all.