Executive Chef & Owner
Growing up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Andrew Whitney’s first memory of food stems from his grandmothers’ gardens, helping them to weed and hand pick the vegetables. Andrew was instilled with a taste for good food with both parents cooking in the kitchen, his uncle working as a professional chef, and his grandfather having cooked in the U.S. Army. He began working in restaurants as a dishwasher at 14, and continued to work with other chefs throughout Minnesota where he learned drive, ambition, speed, recipes, and the necessary amount of attitude required in the kitchen.
Andrew moved to New York City in February of 2004 and helmed the kitchen of dell’anima’s beloved West Village restaurant for 10 years. Now you can still find him behind the dell’anima Chef's Counter at Gotham West Market, leading his team and guests through the seasonal, innovative, and Italian dishes for which dell’anima is known. And, of course, blasting the same 80s & 90s hip hop late night.