Teddy Diggs

Coronato Pizza  | Carrboro, NC

Teddy was born into a military family and traveled across the country for much of his childhood, exploring foods and cultures native to wherever his dad was stationed. He loved learning and experiencing regional traditions and cuisine and fell in love with food because of its transformative ability to connect people. Teddy worked in the restaurant industry while in high school and later attended the Culinary Institute of America.

Early in his career, Teddy worked in top kitchens in Washington, D.C., focusing on high-end Italian cooking. In 2009, he was lured to Martha’s Vineyard to run a restaurant group that focused on the island’s sustainable fishing and farming efforts. He also oversaw the dining programs of two of the island’s top hotels, where he was fortunate enough to cook for many high-profile guests, including President Obama.

Teddy moved to Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters in 2014 to operate The Siena Hotel and to serve as Il Palio restaurant’s executive chef and food and beverage director. While at the hotel, his hospitality team realized many achievements both locally and nationally, including an invitation to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. After five years with the hotel, Teddy decided to pursue his own project. He gravitated to Roman cuisine, specifically Rome’s pizza culture, and fell in love with the concept that is now Coronato.

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Teddy is participating in the Hill Fire dinner on 10/17.