Polly Talbott


Polly Talbott is a Certified Culinary Professional with a degree in Home Economics, focusing on foods and nutrition. A food stylist and consultant, her background includes restaurants, corporate and editorial test kitchens, and new product development. She has studied cooking in France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Thailand and New York. A member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance and Les Dames d’Escoffier, Polly also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce and is an on-camera personality for Lynbrook TV.




George Trimes is A la Carte’s Head Chef. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and brings the skills of a true master to our classes. In his career, he served as Corporate Chef at both Credit Lyonais and the McMillen Publishing Company and also as Banquet Chef Garde Manger at the Garden City Hotel. He has been a private chef for many families on Long Island and Manhattan as well. His quiet confidence and subtle sense of humor help to make our classes most informative as well as enjoyable.

Felix Ristuccia is a native of Garden City, New York, that graduated Adelphi University with a BBA in business management. He spent his business career as a sales executive and finally followed his passion to become a chef in 2000. He became a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in 2001, where he studied under many French chefs, including Jacque Pepin. Since his graduation, he was a chef for The Port Washington Yacht Club, The Immaculate Conception Seminary and Food Production Manager for St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC. He is currently an Executive Chef for William Floyd school district. His culinary strengths include French cuisine, nutrition, catering and food safety.

Jamie Valenti is a female chef who has been recognized in the food industry by the Women of the Round Table. She studied at the New York Restaurant School, having graduated with two degrees in both Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts. Jamie has used her amazing talents at Le Bernadin, NYC (awarded 3 stars by the Michelin Guide), Jean Georges Von Gerichten Trump Plaza, NYC, and the James Beard House, NYC. In addition, she has spent many years as a Private Chef and Caterer. We are thrilled that she is part of our team!

Angie Troici is our Pastry Chef. She attended The Institute of Culinary Education where she earned her Baking Certificate. She then went to The New York Restaurant School and achieved her Pastry Arts Degree. During this time she has learned how to create all different desserts and pastries. She served as the Pastry Chef at The Town in Manhattan. Angie currently works for Sony and has been with A la Carte since she moved to Long Island. Angie’s explanations of the “how’s and why’s” of cooking is always fascinating and her warm easy-going personality makes all of her classes enjoyable as well as educational.



Clare Warshavsky has been with A la Carte since we opened in 1999. She has her Master’s Degree in Food Science and spent some time as a Food Scientist before deciding to stay home to be with her kids. She’s raised two great boys and it’s always a pleasure to have her here during our classes. Her warm personality and superb organizational skills keep us happily in order and on schedule. We are proud to have her as a part of our team.


Call 516-599-2922 to learn more about our classes.