Frederick Kormann was born into a family of Hungarian immigrants in August of 1974 in Passaic, NJ. At the age of three, he and his parents moved into a small home in Rockaway, where he spent his formative years. His childhood was filled with Little League baseball games, family vacations, doing assorted household repairs with his father, Fred also, and learning to cook with his mother, Zsuzsanna.
Under the watchful eye of his mother, he began to experiment in the kitchen- from preparing frozen vegetables and boxed cake mixes to baking fresh bread and traditional Hungarian dishes.
Throughout elementary and high school, he continued to learn more about food and cooking from family, as well as television icons like Julia Child and Jeff Smith, but also expanded his horizons by taking music classes. His love for music continued in high school as he performed with the marching, concert, and jazz bands. He also spent three summers touring the country with drum and bugle corps, living on a bus and playing about five shows a week.
After high school, he worked in a local fish market/restaurant, which was his first experience in professional foodservice. Over a short time he learned a great deal about restaurant life, and realized that it was his calling. He continued to work as a cook and fishmonger until he graduated from Montclair State University in 1995 with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy.
From here, he moved to the Hudson valley to attend the Culinary Institute of America. At the leading culinary school in the nation, he expanded his knowledge and experience, learning from some of the finest chef-instructors around. It was through the CIA that he landed his externship at The Would in August of 1999, and has been working for owners Claire Winslow and Debra Dooley ever since.
He married his girlfriend, Melanie, of ten years in 2003, and together they moved into their first home in 2006, and they have enjoyed life with their cat, Chicken-Pie, and dog, Maggie.
In his free time Fred enjoys camping, fishing, woodworking, as well as riding his 1975 Harley Davidson.