Benno and the Ballerina

Lincoln Ristorante is a showcase. The jewelbox wedge that seems to cut through the Lincoln Center plaza like a angular submarine surfacing is one the finest works designed by renowned architects Diller, Scofidio & Renfro. The cuisine created is by Jonathan Benno — the former Chef de Cuisine at Per Se — who treats his locally-sourced ingredients like works of art unto themselves. And what a perfect place to do so — at one of the great centers for art in the world, Lincoln Center. Turns out the artists on stage have far more in common with the artists in the kitchen than you might think. New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer Maria Kowoski sat down to talk dance, food and art with Chef Benno.