BERNIE KANTAK
GLADLY & CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE

BERNIE KANTAK | GLADLY & CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE

By the old age of 20, May left for Paris, where he spent a year studying at Ecole Ritz Escoffier and working in local restaurants to refine his skills. When he returned to the States, he took his first professional position Acacia at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, before moving to Deseo to work with celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez. A stint at Mario Batali’s Casa Mono was finishing school for May, who moved back to Arizona to open his own Spanish tapas restaurant (Sol y Sombra) to rave reviews in 2006 and a dozen more over the years.

May and his restaurants have appeared on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Guys Big Bite and a contestant and judge on Guy’s Grocery Games as well as having the number one spot on The Learning Channel’s Best Food Ever, which have lead to the fiercely loyal fan base and many local awards, including “Best Tapas,” and “Best Speakeasy.” May has also garnered attention from national publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine and USA Today. In 2010, he was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as “Chef Extraordinaire.”
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