Seamus Mullen is an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author known for his inventive yet approachable modern Spanish cuisine. In August 2011, Seamus opened his first solo restaurant Tertulia in Manhattan’s West Village, which was awarded two stars from The New York Times, three stars from New York Magazine and a finalist for one of the industry’s highest honors, the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. Most recently, Seamus opened El Colmado, a tapas and wine bar at Gotham West Market, a new food hall in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Seamus first rose to national prominence in 2006 with the opening of Boqueria, a highly successful tapas restaurant in New York’s Flatiron District, and again in 2009, as one of 3 finalists on the popular Food Network series “The Next Iron Chef.” He has been a contributing columnist to Everyday with Rachael Ray, and was a regularly featured judge on the James Beard Award-winning Food Network series “Chopped.” In 2012, Seamus released his first cookbook “Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better,” published by Andrews McMeel. He currently contributes to SURFACE Magazine and Panna, an iPad video cooking app.

Tertulia Restaurant NYC

359 6TH AVENUE · NEW YORK, NY 10014 · TERTULIANYC.COM · 646 559 9909

Inspired by the charming sidrerias, or cider houses, of Asturias in northern Spain, Chef Mullen opened Tertulia in August 2011 in New York’s West Village. Guests and critics alike were instantly drawn to the restaurant’s warm, casual, inviting spirit and Chef Mullen’s distinct and modern take on Spanish food. Using only the best ingredients available, Chef Mullen has created a menu that both honors and innovates upon Spanish culinary tradition, featuring a variety of traditional tapas, small plates to share, and family-style platters, including Tertulia’s much celebrated
paellas and chuletón.


  • 2012
    • James Beard Foundation Award, Best New Restaurant, Finalist
    • #1 Best New Restaurant – Bloomberg.com
  • 2011
    • Top Ten New Restaurants
      of 2011 – The New York Times
    • The Ten Best New Restaurants
      of 2011 – New York Magazine
  • ★★  The New York Times
  • ★★★  New York Magazine
  • ★★★ ½  — Bloomberg.com
  • ★★★★  — Time Out New York
  • 24 / 30  — Zagat
  • “The 45 Coolest New Businesses in
    New York” — BusinessInsider.com

Hero Food

“This gorgeous book proves without a doubt the point I’ve been making for years:
Healthy food is delicious!”
– Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

“Unlike any ‘health’ cookbook, Hero Food is fundamentally culinary: the Tertulia chef cooks with an intuition for product and place – with a passion that comes from a creativity,
and a body, renewed.”
– Emily Bell, StarChefs

Hero Food is Chef Seamus Mullen’s first cookbook. More than just a collection of  130 recipes, it is also an intimate portrait of his own journey with food, from his upbringing in rural Vermont to his formative years in Spain, to his present-day battle with rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease. Hero Food is Chef Mullen’s personal philosophy of well-being, illustrating how he believes delicious food and wellness can go hand in hand.

Organized by season, each of the 18 chapters focuses on a single ingredient – his “hero foods” including olive oil, good eggs, anchovies, grains, good birds, and stone fruits. He writes about the importance of sustainability and provenance, and discusses how these ingredients each play an integral role in his daily diet, helping him fight inflammation and supporting his immune system. Integrating traditional Spanish fare with rustic, farm-to-table dishes, in Hero Food Chef Mullen shares the food he loves to eat, and just so happens to be food that can make us all feel better.

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  • 2012
    • 2012 James Beard Foundation Award, Best New Restaurant, Finalist
    • 2012 Time Out NY Food & Drink Awards, winner, “Chef of
      the Year”
      
  • 2011 Eater Awards, Seamus Mullen, “Comeback of the Year”
  • Finalist, Season 2 of Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef,” 2009
  • National winner, Copa Jerez International Sherry Competition, 2008
  • Best New Chef 2007,
    New York Magazine

  • The Today Show
  • martha

    The Martha Stewart Show

  • CBS This Morning - Seamus Mullen's Sunday Roast Chicken

  • Rachel Ray

  • Breville SmartGrill, Chef Seamus Mullen BBQ Tips and Tricks

  • Eater New York

  • Rachel Ray - Seamus Mullen's "Hero Foods"