Chef Phil Deffina has been synonymous with the New Jersey dining scene. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Deffina has worked his way around the country from Icarus in Boston to La Folie in San Francisco to David Burke restaurants in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Chef Deffina has been known to whip up David Burke’s similar slam dunks with his own innovative twists and has been considered the new Burkean acolyte. “After working for two of the most playful and master minding chefs in the country, you start to look at things from way out of the box, melding flavor combinations and creating well thought out presentations.” Chef Deffina recently opened Wave Resort in Long Branch for the Kushner Family. He is currently at the helm of one New Jersey’s most popular hot spots, Char Steakhouse located in both Raritan and Red Bank, and soon to be the first of many, Char Burger & Creamery in Bridgewater.