Chef Margaret LaVetty, a native of New York, is the culinary mind behind the new menu and social dining experience at Pounds and Ounces NYC Pub. Her collaboration with Managing Partner Etai Cinader has resulted in a menu of eclectic small dishes. The dishes are designed to be shared within a social dining setting, a trend that is redefining the way people enjoy eating out. Chef LaVetty, who started at the young age of 14, at Seaport Deli making the community’s favorite Iced Tea, is now embarking on a journey in her first New York City executive chef position. She’s been working all over the country from California, to Florida, but we’re thrilled to have her back home.

Did you always plan on coming back to New York?

I always wanted to come back. After raising two sons and now seeing them all grown up, it was time to come home. There’s never a perfect time, so I just decided the time is now. I’m never leaving again. I’m NOT cold. (Laughs) And the moment I walked into Pounds And Ounces I knew this was really my home.

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How would you compare previous cities you’ve worked in to New York?

Florida is a totally different vibe. There’s really nothing like the energy in New York. I’m a city girl at heart. It’s in my blood. I’ve been in the industry for 30 years, and I still find so many reasons to be excited by this city. Plus, I’m still learning new things every day. There’s just “more” here and I love that. Like the Union Square Market, for example. I’m always finding unique things there that I’ve never seen before, allowing me to continue evolving and growing as a chef and a person.

What’s a typical day like for you at Pounds and Ounces?

I’m lucky enough to be able to make my own schedule, which is always changing. Sometimes I come in early, do administrative stuff, make the specials, work with the prep guys. I like to make sure it’s all done right.

Who inspires you?

There are a lot of people who inspire me, but nothing compares to the inspiration my kids give me. As a mother, you want your kids to be proud of you. And after they tried my food here, they said it was the best food I’ve ever made! They like to see me happy, and I’ve truly never been happier than this moment.

Any personal goals you have?

I’d love to write a book someday. As female chef, I think I have a unique perspective on this industry and would love to one day share my stories with people.

What’s your dream last meal?

Without a doubt, my mom’s eggplant parmesan. It’s her famous recipe.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you check out Chef Levetty’s new menu at Pounds and Ounces. Her passion and joy for being in the Kitchen comes through in every dish. For more information, please check out poundsandouncesnyc.com

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Southern girl at heart, minus the fried food. Fresh on the NY food scene, hungry for a healthy way to live in this food capital.