Big News at Westminster Weddings! Meet Our New Culinary Director, Chef Tom Valenti!

Chef Tom Valenti Named Culinary Director of Strip House at Westminster Hotel Restaurant + Catering

Also Partnering with Co-Owner Mathew Glazier in West Village Restaurant (Launching Spring 2016)

We’re thrilled to share the news that acclaimed chef and cookbook author Tom Valenti has joined the Westminster Weddings team as our Culinary Director. Get to know the chef who is now creating our wedding and party catering menus and innovations:

Acclaimed Chef Tom Valenti Joins the Westminster Weddings Team as Culinary Director

Photo by Ben Fink



January 8, 2016 … Big news in the NJ and NYC culinary worlds: Tom Valenti, the seasoned chef, restaurateur and author with deep roots in some of NYC’s best restaurants, has been named Culinary Director of Livingston’s Strip House at Westminster Hotel, with oversight of the Hotel’s banquet and catering offerings. Valenti has been a Stanhope, NJ resident since 2009 and this is his first New Jersey project.

“We’re delighted that Tom will be introducing some of his signature dishes at Strip House. Equally important, he is reviewing, tasting and refining our banquet and catering menus,” said Penny Glazier, Owner/Operator of Strip House. Tom will also partner with Mathew Glazier in a new restaurant in NYC’s West Village (opening spring 2016).

Added Valenti, “Our culinary and business sensibilities are quite similar, so there’s a great fit. Strip House already delivers an excellent steak house experience. I see my role not as reinventing but rather supporting the culinary team by giving them the tools and education needed to consistently deliver a superior product.”


About Tom Valenti

Born in Ithaca, NY, Tom developed his love of cooking from his Italian immigrant grandparents.

He began working in restaurant kitchens at an early age, spending time in the Greenwich, CT restaurant of legendary French Chef Guy Savoy, who sent Valenti to his signature Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris to hone his skills. Upon his return to the US, Valenti worked as sous chef under Alfred Portale at Gotham Bar + Grill, then collaborated with Alison Becker on Alison on Dominick, his first Executive Chef position.

Following rave reviews at Cascabel, then Butterfield 81, Valenti opened his signature restaurant, Ouest, in 2001 at the corner of Broadway and 84th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Once again, his appealing, flavor-packed cooking won critical praise. Two years later, Valenti opened ‘Cesca at Broadway & 75th Street. There, his menu was a tribute to the cooking style he learned in his grandmother’s kitchen.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Valenti was a Founder of the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund in conjunction with good friends and fellow chefs. The fund benefited surviving family members of foodservice industry workers who lost their lives in the World Trade Center towers, eventually generating $23M.

Tom Valenti is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, including Welcome to My Kitchen: A New York Chef Shares His Robust Recipes and Secret TechniquesTom Valenti’s Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals; and You Don’t Have to be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook.

Accolades over the years include a profile in Esquire; being named a Food & Wine Top Ten Chef and a James Beard Foundation nominee (Best Chef New York, Best New Restaurant); multiple New York magazine features; and appearances on Martha Stewart, Today and The Early Show.


Westminster Weddings and Strip House NJ Chef Tom Valenti's CookbookFind Chef Tom Valenti’s cookbook here.


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