Franklin Becker has made preparing wholesome and healthy food a focal point in his life. At the age of 27, Becker was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Rather than despair, he transformed his cooking style. Becker learned to use simple ingredients to create dazzling dishes that are healthy and flavorful. He is the author of two cookbooks—Eat & Beat Diabetes as well as The Diabetic Chef—and brings his recipes for better living to life as the executive chef of The Little Beet, a wholesome, seasonally-inspired restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.
A seasoned chef, Becker has garnered numerous accolades, including being named a Rising Star by StarChefs.com in 2006, and winning The Burger Bash at the New York City Wine & Food Festival in 2011. Throughout his career, Becker has received glowing reviews from such acclaimed critics as Gael Greene and William Grimes, who wrote that Becker has “a talent for delivering big, punchy flavors.” While Becker was at Capitale in 2003, Esquire’s John Mariani named it “Best New Restaurant in America.” Becker is a regular on television, too, and has appeared on shows such as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, and more.
Previously, Chef Becker was the corporate executive chef of EMM Group, overseeing menus for
Meatpacking hot spots Abe & Arthurs, which specializes in steak and chops; multi-level seasonal seafood concept CATCH, and Lexington Brass, a Midtown American bistro. Prior, Becker acted as executive chef of such beloved Manhattan-based restaurants including Capitale, Brasserie, Local, as well as Trinity at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Becker is also the organizer and chairman of Autism Speaks to Wall Street, a Celebrity Chefs Gala that has run events since 2006. With his eldest son Sean on the autistic spectrum, Becker
feels as if it is his duty to educate and raise awareness about the condition. To date, the event has raised more than 9 million dollars for the Autism Speaks charity.