Phil Deffina has been stirring up some pots in the culinary world as a new and upcoming chef. Deffina, once a Culinary Institute of America graduate has worked his way around the country from Icarus in Boston to La Folie in San Fransisco then David Burke in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Chef Deffina has been know 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 is currently at the helm of one New Jersey’s most popular hot spots, Char Steakhouse located in both Raritan and Red Bank.