Rising Star Chef Gina Chersevani of PS 7's - Biography
Mixologist Gina Chersevani was born into a culinary family in New York City. Growing up her Northern Italian father’s pizzeria paved the way to the culinary life. Chersevani moved to College Park, Maryland just outside of DC to attend the University of Maryland. She bartended her way through college, and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and fine arts, she mixed at Penang in DC.
In 2001, Chersevani found her adopted city still enamored with bourbon on the rocks, but her cucumber martinis went over well and she continued to push the boundaries. Her exuberant personality worked its wonders and people started trying her drinks. In 2003 DC Rising Star Chef Jamie Leeds hired Chersevani to help launch the beverage program at 15 Ria. Chersevani consulted for Poste Moderne Brasserie before moving to acclaimed Indian restaurant Rasika in 2006. Working with Chef Vikram Sunderam exposed her to spices like never before, and saffron, cloves and coriander began making appearances in her cocktails. And her cocktail recipes began making appearances in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In 2008, Chersevani was named bar chef for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. A year later she would join forces with Chef Peter Smith of PS 7’s. They are constantly collaborating, pushing the envelope on forward-thinking cocktail and food pairings. She has presented at Tales of the Cocktail, and judged more than her fair share of cocktail competitions. Extremely active in the local community, she supports the Humane Society, DC Central Kitchen, Share Our Strength, March of Dimes, and Starlight Foundation. She is also an ambassador and founding member of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild and winner of the 2010 RAMW Award for Best Beverage Program.