Chef Paul Ingenito graduated from the Culinary Institute and went to work under Great Chef Larry Forgione at the original American Place, and was one of the active participants in the American Food Revolution, creating signature dishes of the new cuisine and exploring the native ingredients that fueled it. He also traveled with Chef Forgione, cooking at benefits and fundraisers in every corner of the United States with the likes of Great Chefs Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck and Jonathan Waxman.
In 1989 he joined the Russian Tea Room as executive sous chef and in 1990, became the executive chef. Great Chefs television showed up in 1994 to tape him for their Great Chefs – Great Cities series for the Discovery Channel. In 1996, Warner LeRoy, who owned Tavern on the Green, bought the Russian Tea Room and closed it for remodeling. Chef Ingenito moved on, and is now the culinary instructor at the Hunterdon County Polytech in New York.
The Russian Tea Room filed for bankruptcy in 2002 after Mr. LeRoy passed away, and it re-opened in 2006.