Emily Brekke is the Executive Chef of North End Grill in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City. Born and raised in Hopatcong, New Jersey, Emily grew up helping her parents in the kitchen. What started as a chore soon evolved into a passion and career.
In 2010, Emily attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she earned an Associate Degree. She started at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's renowned ABC Kitchen as an extern, eventually working her way up to line cook. Later, Emily joined the Calliope team as a Sous Chef before moving to North End Grill in 2014. There, Emily immediately became an integral part of the team leading up to North End Grill’s impressive 2 star review in The New York Times. Shortly afterwards, Emily was promoted to Executive Sous Chef, before assuming the role of Executive Chef in December of 2017.