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.

A man standing near the Breeze sign

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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We love a good old-fashioned Nantucket Halloween. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to join in the fun.

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Keep in shape this winter at The Nantucket Club. Now accepting new members for our 2021-2022 winter season. Tap the link in our bio for more information about our full service fitness amenities, browse class schedules, and learn more about membership options at the island's only downtown fitness club.

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Looking forward to nights with a chill in the air and a toasting marshmallow over the firepit.

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Falling in love with autumn on #ACK. Share your #nantucketing photos with us during this 🍂🍁 season.

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How you do know it's October on Nantucket? The pumpkins start cascading down our front porch!

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Big news! Did you hear that our sister resort is now accepting reservations for its new accommodations? @lovangoresort reopens for its second season with expanded amenities and experiences, including luxury Treehouse, Glamping, and Villa accommodations. Tap the link in our bio to learn more and follow @lovangoresort for all the latest from the #USVI

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Sailing into the weekend…

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Full sail through summer. Raise your hand ✋ if you’re looking forward to a September that promises to be just as beautiful!

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Summertime, and the living is easy

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A full service social, fitness, and pool club, right in Nantucket’s historic Brant Point. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about a week, month, or season-long membership at The Nantucket Club.

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Clambake season is upon us and @breezenantucket’s Old Fashioned Clambakes are happening each Monday this summer. Call ahead to reserve your seat! Link in bio for details.

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Have you tried @breezenantucket this summer? Chef Adam Votaw’s menu of small plates, shareables, and coastal creations is turning heads and bringing tables together.

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