Cool Friends: Flynn McGarry
Meet Flynn, chef & owner of Gem. Flynn’s cooking is delicate, nuanced, and served in a stunning space that is always being tweaked (not to mention his daily floral arrangements throughout the space). Gem has recently reopened serving an 8-course tasting menu to a single party of 8-10 people each night.
How did your career as a chef begin?
I started working in restaurants when I was 12 and wanted to have a platform to be able to create my own food so I started a pop up in my mother's home. As the demand started to grow I moved it into a restaurant in Los Angeles once a month. I did this as well as working in restaurants until I eventually opened my own restaurant in New York.
What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
I love how the creative community here is composed of so many different industries to draw inspiration from. It's the only place that you can go to a dinner party and everyone has a completely different job, but get along.
What's inspiring you right now?
It's been a weird year for inspiration, most of mine usually comes from traveling and being active, two things that haven’t been easily accessible. This year I’ve been very inspired by English gardens, Wabi Sabi, as design but also a way to enjoy imperfections, and I've been obsessed with apples.
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