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Chef Spotlight: Terry Strong of MEDITERRA in Princeton NJ

Mediterra is the stylish and welcoming Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. Whether you are looking for a wonderful tapas experience, a delightful lunch, delicious dinner, drinks or a late night spot, Mediterra is a terrific destination. The restaurant is part of the Terra Momo Group that includes extraordinary culinary establishments in the Princeton area. interviewed Chef Terry Strong of Mediterra.

What was your earliest interest in cooking?

I helped out running my parents restaurant at the age of 10, doing mostly cleaning, light cooking of cheesesteaks & burgers.

Who were some of your career mentors?

Over the past 20 years of mainly being self-taught, my mentors have been Chris Albrecht, Larry Robinson & Gabriele Griglione.

What culinary styles have influenced your career?

Working with Terra Momo Group for the past 15 years, I have mainly being influenced by Italian & Mediterranean cuisine and was introduced to the Spanish culture of Paella and Tapas.

What do you consider the most distinguishing features of your work as a chef?

Distinguishing features include my dedication to the craft, ability to multi task and to wear many hats, my ability to teach and guide beyond cooking and to develop my passion of cooking for business and a high volume establishment.

What is your favorite meal?

Offal's such as, tripe, sweet breads, liver etc..

Tell me a little bit about your restaurant for our readers.

Mediterra is a high-energy vibrant Mediterranean restaurant highlighting mainly Spain, Italy & touches of France, Greece & Moroccan flavors. We have beautiful al fresco patio dining in Palmer Square, Princeton.

Mediterra is located at 29 Hullfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Call them at 609.252.9680 or visit their web site at

Mediterra is part of the Terra Momo Restaurant Group's fine establishments that include Caffe Teresa, Eno Terra and the Terra Momo Bread Company. The group gives you even more reasons to enjoy your time in the Princeton area. For more information visit

EDITOR'S NOTE: We had the pleasure of visiting Mediterra and sampling the cuisine of Chef Terry Strong. Stay tuned to for a restaurant feature about Mediterra.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Terra Momo Restaurant Group

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