Anton Nocito is the Executive Chef of Porchlight, overseeing all culinary operations for Union Square Hospitality Group’s first stand-alone bar. Before embarking on a career in the hospitality industry, Anton served in the United States Air Force and spent time overseas in the Gulf War. After moving back to New York, Anton attended the French Culinary Institute and soon after took a job as a line cook at Union Square Cafe in 2001. Later, he worked on the opening team at Terrace 5 and Cafe 2 at the Museum of Modern Art.
Anton then left USHG to launch P&H Soda, an artisanal soda company, which quickly became one of New York City’s premier soda brands and was served at many of New York’s top restaurants. He later published the book, Make Your Own Soda, in 2013 which continues to serve as a bible for those who aim to create specialty soda programs, whether it be at a restaurant, bar at home. Anton rejoined USHG in 2016 as the Executive Sous Chef at Porchlight, where he elevated its culinary program, resulting in the craveable, southern-inspired menu served at Porchlight today. In 2018, Anton was named the Executive Chef of Porchlight.