Bio: 50; Northeast native; now in Manayunk with his wife Robyn.
Training: Bucks County Community College.
Philly restaurant connections: Ristorante DiLullo, Apropos, 1701 Café, Capriccio, Sonoma, Kansas City Prime, Arroyo Grille, River City Diner/Tootsie's, Fish on Main, Carmellas.
What’s new? More veggie options at his restaurant, Derek's (4411 Main St., 215-483-9400, dereksrestaurant.com). “When I look at my menu I see we're lacking things that are strictly vegetables, without any dairy, without any animal fats. More people would eat like that if it was available.”
His POV on the Philly restaurant scene: "I have 38 years in and, obviously, it has evolved. Philly is a great restaurant scene." But . . . "One thing I don't love is that there are a lot of really talented young chefs, and they jump really fast into opening their own restaurants - BYOBs. They are selling themselves short. They should be opening full-service restaurants, because [the chefs] are really that good. I think a BYOB is really half of a restaurant."