Employee Spotlight: Executive Chef Al Cannito

Heading into his second season at Breeze, we caught up with Executive Chef Al Cannito to hear about his background in the kitchen, what he’s enjoyed about Nantucket since joining us, and  

Question: What’s Your Personal Background?

Answer: I’ve worked primarily in boutique hotels like The Nantucket Hotel. I’ve also worked in Asia…I was a leader on the culinary team that helped open the Mandaly Bay hotel in Las Vegas and the team that opened the famed Ocean House in Rhode Island. It takes about 3-6 months to open a new hotel restaurant what with designing the menu, hiring the staff, perfecting the recipes, etc.

Question: What’s Your Favorite Thing About The Nantucket Hotel?

Answer: I like the freedom to create my own seasonal menus and design menus that reflect the location I’m in and the guests that I serve.

Question: What is Your Favorite Island Spot?

Answer: I like the accessibility of the town to the Hotel. Nantucket is so quaint with its cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and the New England beach resort architecture. It feels very nostalgic; I really like that.

Question: What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?

Answer: I enjoy biking around the Island. I also occasionally like a good cigar and a glass of La Creme (Pinot Noir).

Question: What Do You Like to Eat at Home?

Answer: Well, last night I had a grilled, bone-in ribeye, mashed potatoes, and sauteed asparagus.

Question: Do You Have a Recipe That You Can Share With Us?

Answer: A real easy one that I love is Pork Ragu:

Sautee individual pork ribs (not baby-back ribs) and season them with onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a pot – together with olive oil until well browned on all sides.

Add marinara sauce and simmer on the stove for a couple of hours until the meat falls off the bones. Remove the bones ad serve over pasta.

This is an easy recipe that is really delicious.

Question: Can you give us a sneak peek into a new recipe that you’re cooking up for us this year?

Answer: I’m working on a cauliflower, rice-encrusted salmon dish right now.

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Pool days are here to stay when you stay with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about the other summer activities and amenities that are lingering a little longer this September 📸: @jenniferjhughes
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Summer later with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what’s happening around the hotel during this spectacular month on-island 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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Congrats to @mpappag, the latest winner of our #MyVintageSummer series! Her vintage summer photo stirred our Timeless Summer heartstrings and captured the essence of a day of adventures under the sun. If you have a vintage family photo that you think will do the same, share it with us and you might win a Nantucket vacation (or one with our sister resort, @winnetu.mv). Tap the link in our bio to learn more, and happy summering!
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The crunch of oyster-shells and the smell of hydrangeas means you’re probably staying in one of our cottages 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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