Chef Jumps Into Longines Masters

The Longines Masters Series arrives at the Coliseum in April.

When the Longines Masters Series rides into Long Island for its New York debut, a world-renowned chef will be on hand to provide tasty sustenance for the grand finale.

Combining the best of equestrian sports, the Longines Masters arrives at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on April 26 through April 29. The Longines Masters series is recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian world. Created by EEM and inspired by the Tennis Grand Slam, the series pits riders against one another for a “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping,” with an array of prizes for the winners.

And at the event will be Chef Antonia Lofaso, a Long Island native who will curate an original menu for the grand finale of the International Show Jumping Series when it makes its debut the Coliseum, with Longines as the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the event.

“I am so excited to go back to my New York roots to be part of the Longines Masters of New York,” said Lofaso, who is originally from Babylon. “It is an honor to be the first American chef to curate a menu for such a prestigious international competition. To be able to share my passion for food with guests from around the world is a truly special experience.”

The Masters Club is an exclusive VIP section hosting 22 VIP tables of eight-people with three suites. Flowing with champagne and wine, the ringside dining section offers a chance for spectators to get close to the action while dining over an exquisite three-course meal. The menu will infuse local ingredients and recipes into the Longines Masters’ traditionally European cuisine, offering guests from around the world a unique take on American gastronomy. As they witness the world’s best show jumpers compete at one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, Masters Club guests like show jumpers Georgina Bloomberg, Ariana Rockefeller and Jessica Springsteen will be able to enjoy delectable dishes such as overflowing charcuterie, homemade pastas, and braised oxtail, throughout the four days.

Best known for her roles on the fourth season of Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars, Lofaso is one of America’s most beloved chefs. She joined Joe Bastianich and Tim Love for the second and third seasons of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup and can be seen as a regular judge on Food Network. Lofaso has partnered in the launch of several restaurants, including Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, two Los Angeles favorites, and will be opening Pablo’s, a Latin-inspired restaurant in downtown Los Angeles later this spring. Having developed a keen eye for business opportunities in the culinary world, Lofaso recently launched Chefletics, an apparel line and lifestyle brand for chefs, along with Antonia Lofaso Catering.

Masters Club guests will have exclusive access to Lofaso’s curated menu and the ultimate in sporting event hospitality. For information on how to book your Masters Club table at the 2018 Longines Masters of New York and full information on the event, visit

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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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