Warbucks, New Orleans
Todd Pulsinelli is the Executive Chef-Owner at Warbucks. Born in Germany and raised in Ohio, Todd began cooking in restaurants as a teenager. He first witnessed true hospitality while working at a local country club, where he found himself inspired and motivated by both the techniques in the kitchen and the refined way the servers treated their guests.
Driven to seek a full-time career in the hospitality industry, Todd earned his culinary degree from Columbus State, an American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Program, in 2003. After graduation, he felt drawn to move somewhere with a strong food culture and thus moved to New Orleans to accept a Garde Manger position at BRG Hospitality’s acclaimed fine-dining establishment, August, in 2004. He helped to re-open the restaurant three weeks after Katrina and continued working his way up the kitchen ranks over the next five years. He joined the opening team of Domenica as Executive Sous Chef in 2009 before opening The American Sector at The National World War II Museum as Executive Chef later that year.
In 2012, Todd returned to August as Executive Chef. Known for being a motivating and respected leader, Todd ran the August kitchen for six years. During this time, he experienced career highs cooking for heads of state, on national television, and alongside First Lady Michelle Obama.
In September 2018, Todd achieved his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant. Inspired by Todd’s love for street food, skateboarding, hip-hop, and 90s rap, the restaurant is named for his own hip-hop alias, Warbucks . Warbucks highlights the skills Todd has sharpened over a career of more than two decades in fine-dining kitchens and applies them to a playful, more relaxed atmosphere. Todd is proud to serve his guests outstanding, artistic food in a fun environment, and to, above all, achieve his simple hospitality philosophy: just make people happy.
Todd lives in New Orleans’ Mid City neighborhood with his wife, Elizabeth, and two young sons, Hank and Teddy. When he’s not at Warbucks or spending time at home with his family, you can find Todd on his skateboard or in the studio working on his latest album.