Montana Master Chefs: New York City

Chef PJ Calapa

Scampi, The Spaniard

New York, NY

Growing up in Brownsville, Texas, near the border of Mexico, PJ Calapa was exposed to a range of cuisines and flavors at an early age. As a child, he began working in his grandmother’s kitchen and later in his grandfather’s wholesale fish business. After moving to New York, Calapa enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating, Calapa worked at high-profile restaurants including Bouley, Eleven Madison Park and Nobu Fifty Seven. It was at Nobu that Calapa learned the delicate art of Japanese cuisine, which still informs his vision for fine dining.

In 2010, Calapa helped launch Ai Fiori, which earned three stars from The New York Times, a Michelin star and a 2013 StarChefs Rising Star Chef Award. Calapa went on to serve as executive chef at Costata, Campagna and the Barn at the Bedford Post Inn.

In 2017, Calapa began working on two new projects. He opened his interpretation of an iconic New York tavern called The Spaniard in Manhattan. Calapa also opened Scampi in the Flatiron District, which offered patrons a taste of Southern Italy in an inviting, warm and lively setting.


Event Highlights

Montana Master Chefs Event Package

Montana Master Chefs Event Package

SEPTEMBER 26–29, 2019

inclusive rates starting from
$885.00
per person
per night *

They’re the wunderkinds of the restaurant industry. They have foodies lined up for weeks waiting for a reservation—and food writers clamoring for a chance to try their creations. These rising all-stars might not be household names yet, but they will be in the near future. So, join us for this year’s Montana Master Chefs, and you’ll be among the first to experience the magic they plate up.


Gourmet dinners prepared nightly by world-renowned chefs

All daily meals, nonalcoholic beverages and a selection of beer, red and white wine and well liquors

Activity credit of $300 per person per stay.

Live entertainment


*based on two adults in a Meadow Home. Rate does not include taxes and fees.

Call 800-473-0601 or email us for more information or to book this package.