Executive Chef Eric Bogardus
Executive Chef Eric Bogardus grew up in Springfield, Illinois. At an age when most kids gravitated towards cartoons, Bogardus nurtured a passion for food through his curiosity for cooking shows and the family kitchen. Bogardus received a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Illinois University while spending several years honing his kitchen skills, learning everything from bread making to kosher cuisine.Bogardus's love of culture and food inspired his extensive travels to Mexico, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Costa Rica, Thailand, England, Denmark, Germany, Italy and South America, shaping his palate along the way.
Bogardus was determined to learn from the best and began his career in Boston at the critically acclaimed Pignoli, where he spent six years as Chef de Cuisine cooking alongside his culinary idols Danieli Baliani, Susan Regis, and Lydia Shire. Pignoli was voted #1 Restaurant in Boston by Food and Wine Magazine during his time there.From Pignoli, Bogardus, worked as Executive Sous Chef at Locke Ober, under the guidance of Master French Chef Jacky Robert. At Locke Ober, the restaurant received numerous accolades, including an induction into Boston Magazine's Hall of Fame for Best Restaurant and a feature in Saveur Magazine.
Bogardus's next culinary stop was Lucy's in Brookline, a neighborhood favorite known for complex, flavorful food without the use of butter or cream. Always one to embrace a challenge, Bogardus rose to the occasion, wowing customers and press alike with features in Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Forbes Traveler, Improper Bostonian, Boston Phoenix and Stuff@Night.
In 2005, Bogardus became Executive Chef at Vox Populi, a popular downtown Boston hot spot, creating an American Bistro menu with ethnic overtones. That same year, Bogardus was also nominated for and became one of five finalist candidates for consideration as White House Chef.
Among Bogardus's continuing and growing accolades he was recently published in Clara Silverstein's book "Boston Chefs Table: The Best in Contemporary Cuisine."
With the opening of Citrio in 2008, a café, catering and gourmet food shop located in Newton Highlands, Bogardus fulfilled his dream of owning his own business while highlighting his versatility and passion as one of Boston's best chefs. As a neighborhood hot spot, Citrio pushed to utilize local products, produce, and artisans. This local buzz generated a large amount of national press for both Citrio and it’s neighborhood which included spots with Martha Stewart, MetroWest Daily, Newton Magazine, Fox 25 News, Daily Candy, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and Boston Magazine to mention a few.
Chef Eric has been with Central Bistro since our opening in 2010. He has been featured on numerous cooking shows and is regularly asked to teach classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education. When he is not putting out perfect plates, he enjoys spending time with his wife, dog and new baby daughter.
Known for her sunny smile and sharp eye, Taniya Nayak’s approachable take on interior design has won over everyone from rock stars to first time homebuyers. Taniya’s knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected finishes together with practical, real-life functionality has made her a go-to expert for decorating programs on major networks including HGTV and Food Network. She is currently a part of major franchises on both networks, hosting the HGTV series House Hunters on Vacation and as a featured designer on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible.
This former bartender has a unique set of skills, which enable her to not only create a stunning venue space, but also one that’s restaurant functional. Taniya oversees all design for upcoming projects despite her hectic filming schedule.
Born in India and raised in Boston, Taniya’s design style is strongly influenced by her creative family, especially her father, a talented architect. Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College for a masters degree in Interior Design, Taniya’s design style and upbeat personality landed her first television gig on ABC Family’s Knock First. From ABC, she made the move to HGTV and has hosted numerous series such as FreeStyle, Designed To Sell, House Hunters on Vacation, Showdown, Bang for Your Buck, White House Specials, Billion Dollar Block and throughout HGTV.com.
Taniya’s helpful decorating tips have been featured in People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal and many more. Taniya has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's Today, CBS' The Early Show & The Talk, The View, Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show. In 2004, Taniya was ranked in the top 10 of INDIA New England’s Business Women of the Year, and in April 2011, Taniya was honored with an Excellence in Design award from ASID New England. Taniya continues to be named one of the top Stylish Bostonians and recently launched her first collection of home products, Taniya Nayak Lighting.
Personally selected by Ellen DeGeneres to represent the E.D. On Air Collection on QVC, Taniya still always finds time to visit her staff at Central Bistro.