Born in Brazil, Franco Sampogna began his culinary journey in France 12 years ago. His international background later took him through the rest of Europe, and now the United States, where he is Chef and co-owner of Frevo, a contemporary French restaurant with a modern take, located in the heart of Greenwich Village. His travels have not only expanded his culinary horizons, but have also inspired his craft of creatively incorporating ingredients to respond to the changing seasons. While working with Chef Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, Chef Sampogna was moved by Chef Ducasse’s respect for seasonality and locality – a philosophy he has carried with him since. In February 2017, Chef Sampogna reflected this philosophy while leading the dinner for the James Beard Foundation at Jema, a Newsday 3.5-star award winning restaurant. Only local produce was used from Huntington, Long Island, where the restaurant is located. Now at Frevo, his ever-growing relationships with local farmers and producers is showcased in both the seasonally changing menus but also the wine selections. Committed to sustainability in the gastronomic world, Franco Sampogna believes an exceptional dining experience starts from the origins of the ingredients.