Chefs are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Please click the corresponding letter of the Chefs last name.
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Celebrity Chef - Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson is the chef/partner of Five & Ten and The National located in Athens, GA and Empire State South in Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada he started cooking at a young age and decided to make it his career after taking a very long time to realize that academics weren’t his thing. At age 15, he began working in restaurants after school and learning as much as possible. MORE..
Host Chef - Seth Adams
Chef Seth, co-owner and Executive chef of the Riverhorse on Main, began in his first professional kitchen at age 16. While working for an upscale catering company and enjoying helping prepare family events and holidays, his passion for the art of cooking grew. Just out of culinary school, Seth was brought out west to do his internship at the world renowned Deer Valley Ski Resort. MORE..
Host Chef - Abdellah Aguenaou
Just like many of his colleagues, Abdellah Aguenaou, executive chef at Washington's The Renaissance Mayflower hotel, started cooking as a youngster. But unlike most, he actually started working with his father in the family restaurant in Rabat, Morocco, his native city.
"I cooked, and in the early morning, I would do the shopping and go to local farms," he says. So not only did he MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Phillip "Ippy" Aiona
Chef Phillip "Ippy" Aiona may have been the youngest person to ever compete on Next Food Network Star when he appeared last year as a finalist in Season 8, but you'd never know it by the 24-year-old Hawaii native's achievements. His fast-food restaurant, Ippy's Hawaiian BBQ — serving his take on traditional "plate lunch" dishes like loco moco and Hawaiian chicken MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Norm Van Aken
Norman Van Aken has been described as 'legendary, visionary and a trailblazer'. He is known as "the founding father of New World Cuisine," a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of "Fusion" to the culinary world. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Victor Albisu
With more than a decade of experience in fine dining and upscale French, American and Latin American restaurants, Chef Victor Albisu is combining his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Nate Appleman
A native of Greenville, Ohio, Nate Appleman had that enviable childhood foresight of knowing what he wanted to be. So at 17, Appleman enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. By 1999, he was living in Seattle and working at French-Portuguese restaurant Brasa. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Justin Aprahamian
Justin Aprahamian entered the culinary world at the age of 12 helping out with his uncle’s catering company. At the age of 16 Justin started working for chef owned and operated, Steven Wades Café. Wanting to learn all aspects of a kitchen he accepted a job as dishwasher and worked his way up to garde manger. During his time at Wades, Justin graduated high school and immediately enrolled in the culinary program at Waukesha County Technical College. MORE..
Host Chef - Clayton Arakawa
Chef Clayton Arakawa’s passion for showcasing local ingredients in bold and innovative ways is evident in each dish he prepares. Born and raised in Hawaii, his personal take on contemporary Hawaii cuisine draws from the Islands’ diverse multicultural population, while emphasizing the distinct flavors that are truly unique to Hawaii. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Cathal Armstrong
Native Dubliner Cathal Armstrong was born into a family with a passion for food. That passion, unusual for families in Dublin at the time, was fueled not only by his family's fruit and vegetable garden, but also by his father's appreciation of other cultures and cuisines.
This Irish chef still cherishes the memories of working alongside his father in the family garden, bonding time that strengthened not only MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Will Artley
Will Artley brings more than a decade of restaurant experience to his position as Executive Chef at Pizzeria Orso. A seasoned chef familiar with the unique needs of a neighborhood restaurant, Artley looks forward to ramping up the Orso's menu with a variety of small plates split into categories such as vegetables, meat and seafood. Before taking over the oven at Orso, Artley went to Los Angeles to study under noted pizzaiolo Peppe Miele to receive his certification in baking authentic Neapolitan pizzas. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jeremy Ashby
Local celebrity Chef Jeremy Ashby is a native of Kentucky. He received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000. After pursuing additional training and experience (including working with renowned chefs Donald Barickman and Norman Van Aken) in Charleston and Miami, Executive Chef Ashby returned to his Kentucky roots. He has been an owner of AZUR since 2007. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bruce Auden
James Beard Award Nominee for “Best Chef | Southwest” 2000 – 2011
Bruce Auden, a native North Londoner, is well known for his adventuresome, original and creative menus. Recognized early in his career as one to watch among the new rising stars of regional cuisine, Auden brought a worldly fusion of influences to his brand of nouvelle American cuisine. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Charleen Badman
Charleen Badman ended 2010 with a national food magazine celebrating her use of local ingredients. She spent 2011 returning the favor to those local ingredients. It was the type of dish Badman had been perfecting for years, in restaurant kitchens in New York and back in her home state of Arizona. The description starkly states its ingredients: braised leeks with mozzarella and a fried egg. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Barbato
Chef Chris Barbato, the chef de cuisine at Commander's Palace for the past seven years, has been named executive chef of Commander's CBD sister property, Café Adelaide.
He replaces Chris Lusk, who recently took over as chef de cuisine at Restaurant R'evolution, the Rick Tramonto-John Folse restaurantscheduled to open next spring in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jason Barwikowski
Barwikowski, an alum of Olympic Provisions and Clyde Common, had collected several accolades during his time in the Woodsman kitchen. In 2011, Woodsman landed on GQ's "10 Best New Restaurants in America" list; the following year, the Oregonian named it its "Rising Star of the Year." MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Sam Baxter
Chef Sam Baxter, a native Angeleno, began his career with Chef Michael Cimarusti at Water Grill after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Pasadena. Cimarusti tapped Baxter to join him as part of the opening crew of Providence in 2005. Ever since, he quickly worked his way up the ranks to Chef de Cuisine at the venerable Los Angeles restaurant. Baxter’s passion for and knowledge of seafood is evident in his deft and nuanced style of cooking. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Isaac Becker
Tucked in the midst of the arty, eclectic Minneapolis warehouse district is a jewel of a restaurant that redefines “mom and pop eatery.” It has become a favorite haunt of area chefs, foodies and entertainers. Created by executive chef/owner Isaac Becker and his wife, Nancy St. Pierre, 112 Eatery is fine dining without the formality. It’s great food, well prepared without extravagant prices and pretentious surroundings. No wonder that since opening in January 2005 it has quickly become the Twin Cities’ “fine dining destination for industry insiders.” MORE..
Host Chef - Richard Beichner
Richard Beichner is the current Executive Chef at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah Georgia. Richard has most recently been honing his skills in Colorado for the last 10 years, before that he was based on the east coast working in New York city and Philadelphia. With over 20 years in the hospitality field He has been fortunate to work with some of the leaders in the culinary field throughout the country. MORE..
Celebrity Mixologist - Adam Bernbach
Adam Bernbach’s love of mixing began at age seven with the production of an egg cream. His career in hospitality began not too long after in the resorts and restaurants of his native Cape Cod.
Upon moving to Washington D.C. at 16, he soon began apprenticing at a micro coffee-roastery near his high school. It was as an apprentice and, later, as a roaster, when he first appreciated the importance of tasting. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kevin Binkley
Bon Appetit magazine recently named Chef Kevin Binkley, owner/chef of Binkley's Restaurant the "must see" chef in all of Arizona, featuring a "exquisite, ultimate dining experience...paired with his mad scientist approach to molecular gastronomy", reminiscent of Alton Brown. Phoenix Magazine, in their 2008 dining guide, calls Binkley's the Pinnacle of the top 8 dining experiences in the Valley. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jamie Bissonnette
Even as a child, Bissonnette was drawn to the kitchen eschewing cartoons for cooking shows on the Discovery Channel. With this early start, he earned his Culinary Arts degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale by the young age of 19 and spent his early 20s eating and cooking his way through Paris, San Francisco, New York and Phoenix. These early experiences fed his culinary drive, teaching him expression through his daily-changing menus. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Richard Blais
Richard Blais has covered a lot of ground in his rise to prominence. He began his culinary career the way a lot of teenagers do, as the "poissonier" at McDonald's. It was here where he first dabbled in deconstruction in cuisine; serving the filet-o-fish sandwiches with no top buns.
Mr. Blais attended the Culinary Institute of America (AA'98) in Hyde Park, New York. He nurtured a growing passion for . MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Edwin Bloodworth
Edwin Bloodworth began his culinary career at the age of 14 working at a family style restaurant in Sparta, NC. The owner was a tough and intimidating old man and the chef was a small, foul-mouthed French woman. Welcome to the business. The restaurant was sold and Edwin’s next job was in the kitchen of Roaring Gap Club, working beside Greenbrier graduates and other well-traveled chefs. Soon Edwin was studying The French Laundry cookbook and MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Geoffrey Blount
Geoffrey Blount, CEPC, CC, heads up the Baking & Pastry Arts (BPA) program on the Harris Campus. He graduated from CPCC in 1995 after earning an AAS degree in Culinary Arts. Chef Blount also attended the French Pastry School in Chicago. A member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the 2009 Charlotte Chef of the Year, Geoff has earned numerous awards including MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chad Blunston
Executive Chef Chad Blunston leads The Fairmont San Francisco’s culinary team, creating authentically local, seasonal cuisine with a contemporary spin. Chef Blunston places great emphasis on the consideration of guests’ individual palettes, and enjoys providing a uniquely memorable culinary journey through his dishes. He designs dynamic menus ideal for a variety of social events, including wine dinners, meetings, restaurant dining experiences and custom requests. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Frank Bonanno
Frank Bonanno shaves a rich dark truffle over a crackling egg and the look on his face can be summed up in a single word: passion. Bonanno lovingly plates his simple creation and explains, "I have a good life. It's not really fashionable to say I had a great childhood, but I did, and most of who I am today comes from food experiences I had from a very early age." The aroma of fresh pastries and pastas from his Italian grandmother permeated the Bonanno's New Jersey home. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gene Briggs
Blue Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Gene Briggs has created a multi-cultural menu that features dishes from Spain, France, Greece, Sicily, Italy, and Morocco. With more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of restaurants, the upstate New York native's cooking mantra is simple: fresh. Chef Briggs incorporates fresh ingredients with fresh hand-selected cuts of meat creating exceptional food and a phenomenal dining MORE..
Celebrity Chefs - Bruce and Eric Bromberg
Brothers, chefs and restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg have set culinary trends and ignited passions for almost 20 years, most notably as founders and guiding forces behind the Blue Ribbon Restaurants Group.
In their early twenties, Bruce and Eric Bromberg each attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, graduating with the highest honors with Eric holding the distinction of being the first American… MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bowman Brown
Bowman Brown was raised in rural St. Johns, Arizona. From a young age he worked on his family's cattle ranch and farm. While attending the Atlantic Culinary Academy in Dover, New Hampshire, he worked for chef Mary Dumont at The Dunaway Restaurant in Portsmouth, NH. He completed an internship at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco and worked as a line cook at 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo, California. In 2007, Bowman moved to Utah to pursue a degree in food science MORE..
Celebrity Mixologist - Derek Brown
Derek Brown’s love of bartending stems as much from books, maps, and molecules as from working behind the stick. After being named Washington DC’s top bartender by Washington City Paper in 2009, Derek opened The Passenger and Columbia Room with his brother Tom to wide acclaim including Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Best New Cocktail Bars, USA Today’s Top 10 American Cocktail Lounges, GQ’s 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Neal Brown
Neal Brown has become well known as one of the top chefs in Indianapolis. In 2007, Chef Brown’s restaurant L’explorateur, was voted “Best New Restaurant” by Indianapolis Monthly. He was also voted “Best Chef” by the same publication that same year. Neal has been awarded Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious “Forty under 40” award, designating him as one of forty of the years most innovative and influential businessmen in Indiana for 2007. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Katie Button
Chef Katie Button draws much of her inspiration from her varied background and the unusual path she took to get to the position of Executive Chef/Owner of Cúrate.
In 2007, Button, a Cornell University graduate with a master's degree from L'Ecole Centrale in Paris, France, was about to start a prestigious PhD program in Neuroscience. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Aaron Butts
Chef Aaron did not attend formal culinary school. He started cooking in high school, and was excelling so fast he didn’t want to slow down to go to school. As part of the learning process he has done internships at restaurants, such as Fat Duck and Charlie Trotter’s. In addition to internship, he has learned much through reading. He also has earned certification as a sommelier, which has helped him with wine pairings and cooking. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Marc Anthony Bynum
Chef Marc Anthony Robert Bynum was born on Long Island, NY and raised by his parents in Farmingdale with his three brothers and sister. As a child, Chef Marc was always creating things with his hands as his love for music was demonstrated through his talent on the congas. Receiving the basic lessons on the drums and congas, Chef Marc would develop a passion to play at home and church. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Shawn Calley
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute of America, Chef Calley is a native of Michigan who came to Vermont five years ago to further his love for locally-sourced, European-inspired cuisine. The former owner of Vermont's renowned Hearth and Candle Restaurant, Chef Calley focuses on blending the ingredients from The Essex's own gardens into his own culinary creations. MORE..
Celebrity Chef Andrew Carmellini
I’m an American chef and restaurateur who lives and cooks in New York City. I’ve been in the game for twenty years, and I’ve cooked in some amazing places and tasted some amazing things. I love to cook food from all over the world. For me, it’s all about having a good time and making people happy. I started cooking at age fourteen at this local Italian joint in my hometown, Seven Hills, OH, then at a fine-dining French place on the lake. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll is the celebrated chef de cuisine of the award winning 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert in Philadelphia, Pa. Carroll is also well-known for starring on Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award winning television show Top Chef. She was a finalist and fan favorite on the sixth season of the popular series.
Born and raised in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, Carroll's notion of meals consisted of protein, starch and canned vegatables. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Noah Carroll
Noah Carroll’s pastry creations illustrate nicely, his personal philosophy that desserts should be deliciously simple and seasonal. At the same time, he favors a plating style that emphasizes strong geometric shapes. For instance, his creamy and tart mixture of pear and red wine sorbet come together in a perfect cylinder balanced playfully atop crushed violet meringue straws on a plate scattered with spheres of red wine poached pear. MORE..
Host Chef - Greg Carso
Greg Carso, executive chef at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago, says that his Italian background, his interest in food, and the joy he found working with his hands and creating all were factors in his decision to become a chef. He first pursued his culinary dreams by attending Chicago's Washburne Trade School and later La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Greg went on to work with the Levy Restaurants organization, an off-premise catering company, MORE..
Host Chef - Ashton Carter
While most kids played through the summer in the blink of an eye, Ashton Carter was hard at work in his horticulturist mother’s yearly garden. Although the hard work caused Ashton a bittersweet beginning with food, he would grow to realize the full impact of this formative experience later in life. Primed to work anywhere other than his mom’s garden, he entered a fine dining kitchen in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1995 at the age of fifteen. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matt Carter
Phoenix native Matt Carter had little interest in becoming a chef when he was growing up in the valley of the Sun. But after graduating from high school, he moved to California and took a job as a dishwasher at The Eggery breakfast restaurant in San Diego. Carter immediately took to the restaurant business and quickly MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Carlo Cavallo
Carlo Cavallo began his culinary career in 1990 working at the famed L’Assassino Ristorante in Milan, Italy. He then took a job as the Chef du Cuisine at the famous Belmonte Hotel in Lugano, Switzerland, where he perfected his talents in French Provencal cuisine . He then spent the next three years as the Executive Chef for Giorgio Armani’s Restaurants in Beverly Hills, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Sam Choy
Sam Choy's years of cooking alongside his parents provided him the skills and inspiration to make him a local Hawaiian celebrity in the early 1990s. It is his exceptional creativity, love of good food and aloha for the guests he serves that has propelled him into the status of an internationally-recognized chef today. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ashley Christensen
Since making Raleigh her home, Ashley Christensen has sought to foster community through food, philanthropy and the stimulation of the city’s downtown neighborhood. Ashley began cooking while in college, throwing dinner parties for her friends and family. These intimate gatherings helped her recognize her passion for cooking and sharing food, and ultimately led to her first professional cooking job at the age of 21. Upon taking the position, she knew she had found her life’s work. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - John Clark
Partners Gayle Pirie and John Clark are two highly original talents who have been deeply involved in the competitive and innovative ferment of the San Francisco restaurant scene for over two decades. Today, Pirie and Clark are the chef talent and owners behind two very popular and exciting dining destinations in San Francisco – Foreign Cinema and Show Dogs.The two met while working at the former Vicolo Pizza, a popular pre- and post- theater MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jennifer Cleveland
Jennifer Cleveland began her restaurant career (unknowingly) at the age of 15, bussing tables and washing dishes at Josephine’s Tea Room in Godfrey, Il. After waitressing all the way through college, she ended up in Salt Lake City working as a waitress at the Desert Edge Brewery (The Pub). It was through her work at The Pub that she decided to turn her love for restaurants into a career and made an effort to work in the kitchen to learn everything she possibly could. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Amanda Cohen
After graduating from the Natural Gourmet’s Chef Training Program, Amanda worked in many of New York City’s vegetarian restaurants. She was the Kitchen Manager of the late Other Foods, a chef’s teaching assistant at Angelica’s Kitchen then left vegetarian cooking behind to become a line cook at DinerBar, a neighborhood diner in Spanish Harlem where she became famous for her Buffalo Wings. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Clay Conley
Clay Conley is the owner of Palm Beach, Florida restaurants buccan and Imoto. Previously he was the executive chef at the Miami Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Azul, which won several awards under his leadership. For a decade prior, Conley worked with chef Todd English as culinary director for English's Olives Group, overseeing 18 restaurants around the world. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Amanda Cook
Amanda Cook is a native to the Washington DC area. After graduating with honors from L'Academie de Cuisine, she has worked for some of the most esteemed chefs in Washington DC. She began her career at Galileo for Roberto Donna, then worked for Michel Richard Citronelle. She rounded out her career at Cityzen for Eric Ziebold for the almost the last 6 years. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ann Cooper
Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. In a nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children's health and wellness. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Cosentino
Chef Chris Cosentino’s passion for Italian food began while growing up in an Italian-American community in Rhode Island. Chris is a 1992 graduate of Johnson & Wales University and veteran of top-notch restaurant kitchens including Red Sage in Washington, D.C. and Rubicon, Chez Panisse, Belon, & Redwood Park in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Incanto in 2002, Chef Cosentino served as a consulting chef for the Aqua Restaurant Group in San Francisco and Las Vegas and the Kimpton Group in San Francisco and Aspen. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gerard Craft
The chef and owner of Niche and the adjoining Veruca Bakeshop & Cafe, Gerard Craft, 28, began his career washing dishes in a pool hall in Salt Lake City. His love of cooking led him to take a job at Bistro Toujours, one of the city's top restaurants, under Bryan Moscatello (a Best New Chef 2005). MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Lynn Crawford
Lynn Crawford has a 26 year history of extensive culinary experience. Chef Crawford has traveled throughout Canada and the United States and gained her culinary strength and knowledge by surrounding herself with world renowned Chefs working at top destination restaurants and hotels.
Chef Crawford has received tremendous media attention MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Dominique Crenn
Dominique Crenn, a 2012 two Michelin stars chef at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow district and two-time Michelin star chef at Luce in 2009 and 2010, focuses on cuisine as a craft and the community as an inspiration. “Atelier” can be defined as a workshop or studio, especially for an artist or designer, and this concept drives Chef Crenn’s modern vision for fine-French cuisine, where artistry is at the forefront. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Justin Cucci
Chef Justin Cucci learned to cook by looking over chefs’ shoulders at the Waverly Inn in New York City, which his grandparents owned. But in 2000, he headed west in search of something new. He found a job at the Beehive, but the farm-to-table concept was so foreign to Cucci that he was fired after one shift. After much persistence, he was rehired—and promoted MORE..
Celebrity Chef - John Currence
John Currence was born and raised in New Orleans, LA to a family that loved to cook and spend time in the kitchen. His mother's travels with his father during his childhood, combined with the family's several years in Europe, brought the dishes of the world to their dinner table, while time spent hunting and fishing in South Louisiana began the education in the foods of his home. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Josh Dalton
Much in the way David Lynch juxtaposes left-of-center characters against a backdrop of idyllic small-town America, Veritas Tavern chef /owner Dalton acts as foodie auteur by practicing molecular gastronomy and preparing surrealist dishes, along a quaint side street in – of all places – downtown Delaware, Ohio. Delaware’s main drag is certainly as picturesque as any Midwestern burg stuck in time, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matt Danko
Pastry Chef at The Greenhouse Tavern & Noodlecat, Matt Danko began his cooking career at age 13 at a pizza shop in his hometown of Northfield, Ohio. Initially trained in fine art and education, Danko graduated from The Kent State University in 2006. Creativity, passion, and self-directed culinary training quickly led him back into the kitchen. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Aaron Deal
A native of North Carolina, Aaron Deal draws much of his inspiration from the diverse regional cuisines that the United States has to offer, especially the South. With over a decade of experience in various facets of culinary execution and management at some of the most renowned restaurants in the country, Deal has garnered wide acclaim for his inventive approach to cooking, including being nominated a semifinalist in the Rising Star category of the James Beard Awards in 2009. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Emmanuel Delcour
Specializing in Organic French Fusion Cuisine, Emmanuel Delcour, “The Fitness Chef” is an accomplished Chef, nutritionist, personal trainer, fitness expert, model and actor. He was born and raised in the beautiful southwest of France, Bordeaux, cradle to the most amazing traditional dishes and products France has to offer. As a child, the moments spent with his family and friends around the table, and the love shared in every bite, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton
Gabrielle’s passion for food developed at a young age during summers spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Back in California, the weekends of her youth were spent exploring the various cuisines and ethnic restaurants of the greater Los Angeles area, and when she was sixteen she took her first restaurant job. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Tiffany Derry
Beaumont, Texas native Tiffany Derry began her culinary career at the local International House of Pancakes. Derry quickly worked her way up within the company, becoming the youngest person to hold a management position at the age of 17. Upon high school graduation, Derry went on to hone her culinary techniques at the Art Institute of Houston, followed by stints in esteemed kitchens throughout Houston and Dallas including Pesce, Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Radhika Desai
Radhika Desai was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a first generation Indian in America she grew up around diversity and culture. Her parents were her true inspiration for becoming a chef. She bonded with her family over food. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a degree in Environmental Sciences and worked as a park ranger in Death Valley National Park for one year, all the while cooking in her desert trailer. After that year, she decided that cooking was her MORE..
Host Chef - William Dissen
From his upbringings in the mountains of Charleston, West Virginia, Chef William Dissen always has been in touch with the outdoors & nature. Spending time on his Grandparents’ farm – watching his Grandmother cook bountiful meals straight from the garden to the kitchen table – has been a major influence on his style of cooking, as well as his beliefs in sustainable agriculture & local cuisine. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Mark Dommen
Chef/Partner Mark Dommen is a unique talent who has spent more than 20 years in the kitchen. After years of classical training with some of the world’s most eminent culinary masters, Dommen’s move to head One Market® Restaurant in 2004 marked his exciting return to the San Francisco dining scene. His modern take on American cuisine earned the restaurant a Michelin star for the fourth year in a row in the 2011 Guide and a 3 ½ star review from San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Scott Drewno
At the recent media reception to announce chef and restaurant finalists in this year's Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington awards, journalists and members of the hospitality business were treated to little tastes of the finalists' cuisines. There was a scrum around the table of one of them, Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Mary Dumont
Mary Dumont is the executive chef at Harvest Restaurant, in Cambridge, Mass. A native of New Hampshire, she was raised in a family of restaurateurs and grew up watching her parents grow their businesses into great successes. After attending Simmons College in Boston for literature, she followed a whim and moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. Immersing herself in the culture of food and dining, she realized it was her calling. MORE..
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Celebrity Chef - Tim Egelhoffh
One of the most highly regarded chefs in Crested Butte today, Tim Egelhoff has received critical acclaim for his signature Colorado Inspired Cuisine, a style which reintroduces classic European techniques using American artisanal products, local and organic produce and is driven by the dramatic seasons. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kelly English
A 2009 Food & Wine Magazine “Best New Chef”
, Chef Kelly English is inspired by the familiar flavors from his childhood in southern Louisiana and incorporates that inspiration into each dish he cooks. English currently implements this inspiration for food and service in his premier restaurant, Restaurant Iris in Memphis, Tennessee, and at Kelly English Steakhouse at Harrah’s St. Louis Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Duskie Estes
Husband and wife team Duskie Estes and John Stewart has created the perfect restaurant-garden partnership with their Santa Rosa, CA, eatery, Zazu Restaurant & Farm. Serving innovative New American-Northern Italian classics, Estes and Stewart supply their recipes with produce from the restaurant’s own sustainable organic garden. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Steve Evetts
As executive pastry chef in one of New York City's largest hotels, with five restaurants and over 100,000 square feet of banquet space, Steve Evetts is surrounded by constant activity. He and his 21-member pastry brigade work around the clock to provide the best in specialty desserts and customized pastries to the thousands of guests the hotel welcomes each year. MORE..
Host Chef - Eric Faivre
Chef Eric Faivre has been the Executive Chef of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort since 2001. He was born and raised in France and completed his formal culinary training at the Ecole Hôtelière de Gerardmer. His career includes working at the 1* Michelin restaurant “La Maison du Boeuf” in Strasbourg with Chef Dominique Michou, and at the 2** Michelin restaurant “Le Cygne” in Geneva with Chef Gilles Dupont. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Josh Feathers
It all comes down to the details. The perfect placement for the final piece of fennel on an afternoon masterpiece or the flawless purity of a simple Bartlett Pear, Blackberry Farm Corporate Chef Josh Feathers understands the importance of details in world-class cuisine. An East Tennessee native who grew up with an appreciation for the region and its land, Chef Feathers understands and appreciates the MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Caroline Fey
I grew up in a household full of parties. One of my earliest memories is of lying in my bedroom, listening to a backyard full of people laughing and talking into the wee hours. My mother is a gifted hostess and party planner, and my father loves to share wine from his cellar. From the time we were little, my brother, sister and I were taught how to pass hors d’oeuvres, fill wine glasses and know all about the Godiva chocolates served at the end of a party. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Tyler Florence
For the past fifteen years, Chef Tyler Florence (www.tylerflorence.com) has delighted the masses by sharing the sights, sounds and flavors of his unique culinary vision to fans around the world.
After graduating from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, Florence tackled the Big Apple MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Ford
A Florida native, Chris Ford graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu Program at the Orlando Culinary Academy in 2005. Norman Van Aken then offered him his first job at Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando where he learned the fundamentals of a fine dining kitchen. Ford worked there for two years before Chef Chika Tillman hired Ford as the Sous Chef of New York’s acclaimed dessert bar ChikaLicious, where New Yorkers are MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jason Franey
A native of Palm Beach, Florida, Jason first began cooking at age 15, getting his start at Breakers Hotel. Looking for a new challenge, Jason took a job at Campton Place at age 24, working for then-chef Laurent Manrique. A year later, Daniel Humm took over as executive chef, and quickly made Jason his executive sous chef. When Campton Place received four stars from MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Nobuo Fukuda
Born and raised in Tokyo, Nobuo Fukuda has worked as a chef in Arizona for 30 years, evolving from a wide-eyed 20-year-old at Benihana to a self-assured iconoclast who honors Japanese traditions as he breaks them. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Giuseppe “Beppe” Galazzi
Born in Ferrara, Italy, Chef Giuseppe “Beppe” Galazzi developed his culinary passion from his grandfather, a chef, and began his pursuit of the culinary arts at the early age of 14. Heavily influenced by his teachers at the Culinary Institute in Ferrara, Galazzi’s curiosity about food grew into the skill with which he now executes every dish. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Josh Galliano
Josh Galliano is the executive chef at Monarch restaurant in St. Louis. Growing up in Southern Louisiana, Josh developed an appreciation for both city and country life. As a child, life was always a culinary adventure waiting to happen – from fishing for large-mouth bass or picking muscadines to brunch and races at the local Fairgrounds or maybe a local strawberry festival. MORE..
Host Chef - Robert Gerstenecker
For the past 5-plus years, chef Robert Gerstenecker has helmed the kitchen at Park 75, the flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons in Midtown. In addition to being an acclaimed fine dining spot, the restaurant has also garnered a good bit of attention for their tea service. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - David Gilbert
Chef David Gilbert quietly opened the doors Tuesday night to his new Grosse Pointe restaurant Marais, expected to be one of the year’s most spectacular new dining destinations. “We had a soft opening last night with very limited seating,” he said today. Reservations are likely to continue to be limited in the restaurant’s early days. The main dining room seats 82. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kenny Gilbert
Kenny recently moved to Jacksonville, FL, where he is now the Executive Chef of Nippers Beach Bar & Grill. He is also Partner of Culinary Adventure Capital, LLC. His cuisine ranges from American Regional, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Native American, Moroccan and African. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Kenny went on to become a Chef de Cuisine at the young age of 23 at The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kevin Gillespie
Chef Kevin Gillespie's true passion lies in serving his customers quality food every day. This enthusiasm means incorporating the use of fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His goals as executive chef and partner of Woodfire Grill are to increase the usage of local products, make seasonal dishes more exciting, and create a youthful atmosphere at the restaurant.
Gillespie, an Atlanta native, began his culinary MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Brice Gilmore
Bryce Gilmore grew up in the belly of the Austin restaurant scene. Born into a culinary family, Gilmore got his first taste of the industry working in the kitchen of his father’s Z’Tejas Grill. Gilmore worked at the Austin favorite throughout high school. More than just a bit of teenage pocket change, Gilmore found his calling there, eventually enrolling in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. MORE..
Host Chef - Kevin Gin
We welcome back Executive Chef Kevin Gin to the "New" Bridges Restaurant and Bar. Kevin was the Executive Chef of Bridges from 1993 - 2000. A graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at City College of San Francisco, he then furthered his education and refined his skills with extra curricular study of Japanese and French cuisine. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Ginor
Michael Aeyal Ginor is co-founder and Chef of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the most comprehensive Foie Gras producer in the world. Michael, with his partner Izzy Yanay, modernized the ancient delicacy known to Pharos and kings by utilizing the hi-tech and scientifically advanced production techniques of the twentieth century. Production is now a unified, controlled and consistent operation based on nature, nurture, and technology. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Spike Gjerde
Spike Gjerde has been a definitive leader in Baltimore’s restaurant community since he burst onto the city scene with Spike & Charlie’s, which he opened with his brother in 1991. The restaurant was the first expression of Gjerde’s belief in cooking with local, seasonal ingredients, which set it apart from most places of that time and set Gjerde apart as a chef to watch. MORE..
Host Chef - Bill Glover
My culinary career began as a child working with many family influences, my mothers side of the family is all Italian and the cooking was done often, in big portions, and with great execution and passion. My Fathers Mother was a chef/owner of her own restaurant in which I often was mingling around the kitchen trying to get into anything I could and learning along the way. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Debbie Gold
A James Beard Award winner and four-time nominee, Debbie Gold has led Kansas City's The American Restaurant to national recognition as its executive chef. Initially studying restaurant management at the University of Illinois, Gold received her professional culinary training at L'Ecole Hoteliere de Tain L'Hermitage in France. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Juan Carlos Gonzales
Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez learned to appreciate bold flavors at a very young age. Born in Puerto Rico to a family of Spanish and Italian decent, his family embraced large celebrations. Using the freshest herbs, seasonal produce and catches of the day, Juan Carlos’ father oversaw the outdoor cooking of titanic proportions and his mother managed other meal preparations indoors. MORE..
Host Chef - Seth Greenburg
Since beginning his career at age 17, Chef Seth Greenburg's experience and background have ranged from classical French to progressive American and modern gastronomy. Most recently, Chef Greenburg partnered with successful restaurateur Nancy Silverton to launch the popular Long Beach, California establishment, Biggs Restaurant, where he implemented a creative and upscale tapas menu. MORE..
Celebrity Winemaker - Mike Grgich
An inductee to the Vintner Hall of Fame, Miljenko "Mike" Grgich is a legend in the Napa Valley. Over the past 50 years, Mike's wines, crafted in the classic Old World tradition, have won a stream of California and international prizes, establishing Grgich Hills Estate as one of the premier wineries in the U.S. and the world. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Koren Grieveson
Chef de Cuisine Koren Grieveson developed her singular style and meticulous palate during a five-year partnership with Executive Chef Paul Kahan at Blackbird restaurant, where she served as Sous Chef from 1998 until 2003. Working with the collaborative chef, Grieveson was part of the team that launched Blackbird onto the world stage, earning the restaurant accolades for its extraordinary cuisine. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jesse Griffiths
esse Griffiths is the chef/co-owner of Dai Due Supper Club and Butcher Shop with his wife Tamara Mayfield. He enjoys obtaining his own food, as long as it's trying to get away from him. Aside from hunting and fishing, they maintain a small garden and a few chickens on the East Side and pretty much eating or planning meals most of the time. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Christopher Gross
Christopher Gross has a love of food and wine. He has spent years discovering and learning about food and wine in kitchens throughout Europe and the great dining rooms of notable American restaurants. Today, he has a solid reputation of a highly regarded, award-winning chef. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bernard Guillas
La Jolla, California - Award-winning Chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. as executive chef in June 1994. Right at home in La Jolla, Guillas' affinity for the coastal lifestyle reminded him of his home in Brittany. "When I lived in France, the smell of the sea and the lure of its bounty were constantly part of our table....
Celebrity Chef - David Hackett
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and a 1988 graduate of Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, Chef David Hackett began his culinary journey at the very early age of 12 and has now been in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. Prior to joining the Biltmore in 2012, Hackett worked as Executive Chef at many prestigious properties and resorts including the MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Carla Hall
Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Hall is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ryan Hardy
Uley's Cabin takes it's name from local historical figure / bootlegger Uley Scheer. Uley Scheer's major claims to fame as a provider of food and moonshine are the inspiration for the dining and entertainment Uley's Cabin.
Far from the burly, sometimes grubby mountain man image that so many of his generation sported, he was known as MORE..
Host Chef - Karsten Hart
Chef Karsten Hart leads Castle Hill’s award-winning culinary team. A former Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef from The Estate by the Elderberries in Oakhurst, California, Chef Hart was one of only 20 chefs in the United States with the ‘Grand Chef’ designation. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Blake Hartwick
In October 2013 Blake joined Blackthorne Restaurant as the executive chef. His extensive culinary experience includes several restaurants in Charlotte since moving here in 1993. He was with Bistro 100, Carpe Diem and Sonoma, where he served as their sous chef. In 2000 he joined Bonterra as executive chef. In 2005 John Duncan opened Ratcliffe on the Green where Blake served as their executive chef. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Hastings
Chris Hastings first discovered his appreciation for food during family vacations in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. These explorations through taste and travel stayed with him, and post high school Hastings deferred his college acceptance to work in the kitchen at Silver Cricket in Charlotte, NC. There, Executive Chef recognized his skill and suggested applying to culinary school in lieu of a traditional college education. Heeding this advice, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Eric Heath
Eric Heath began his cooking career at the Desert Edge Brewery in Salt Lake City. Applying for a barback position, and then accidentally ending up in the kitchen. He cooked in the kitchen there for 5 years during college. Once he graduated, he realized that he didn’t actually want to be in the field he’d been studying, but really wanted to stay in the culinary field. While working at the Desert Edge Brewery (The Pub), he met Cleveland who had similar aspirations. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Dana Herbert
Dana Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana, resides in Bear, Delaware. Chef Herbert lives and breathes in the sweet and artistic world of pastry art, where flavor and color come to life in his wonderful wedding cakes, sugar sculptures, custom cakes, and tasty miniature desserts for all occasions. Dana is an expert sugar artist with a number of nicknames. He’s best known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, but is also known as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.” MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Joshua Hebert
Arizona raised, Chef Joshua Hebert became enamored with food at an early age. As a child, he was able to say “breakfast” before most kids can say “mama.” No one knew the foreshadowing. In high school, Hebert took to cooking at home as a way of impressing women. The hobby quickly developed into a passion and during his junior year, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bruce Hill
Bruce Hill arrived in San Francisco in 1984 on a motorcycle. His great-grandfather made a similar cross-country trek in 1907, with his young family in tow, to realize his dream of being an inventor. Little did Hill know at the time of his two-wheeled adventure that he, too, would realize a similar dream once making the Bay Area his home. MORE..
Celebrity Winemaker - Paul Hobbs
I started paying attention at an early age. Specifically, the day my dad brought home a bottle of 1962 Château d'Yquem and poured it into little paper cups around the family dinner table. The bouquet, the flavor, and the experience made an impression on me. I became passionate about wine and the vineyards that produce the wine. In 1969,....
Celebrity Chef - Trevett Hooper
Trevett Hooper is the chef and co-owner of Legume Bistro in Pittsburgh, PA. Born and raised in Maine, Trevett attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. It was there he met his future wife, business partner and the mother of their four children, Sarah Curtis Hooper. MORE...
Celebrity Chef - Linton Hopkins
Linton Hopkins is an internationally celebrated chef with deep Atlanta roots. A graduate of Emory University and the Culinary Institute of America, Hopkins honed his culinary skills at restaurants in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., then returned home in 2004 to open Restaurant Eugene with his wife, Gina. The couple went on to open Holeman and Finch Public House and H&F Bread Co. in 2008, followed by H&F Bottle Shop in 2011. In 2009, Hopkins was chosen as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best MORE...
Celebrity Chef - David Hopps
Chef David Hopps' roots in the culinary world go pretty deep. As a child, he loved to come home from
school and experiment with food. "I used to mix flour, sugar, and water together, then heat
it in the microwave hoping a cookie would be produced after the beep." MORE...
Celebrity Chefs - Andy Ticer Michael Hudman
The chefs and owners of Andrew Michael Italian kitchen were both raised by large Italian families. It was in their childhood, that the love of Italian cooking took seed. They trained from the ground up, starting in liquor stores to learn about wine, quick turn restaurants to gain experience, then to the finer restaurants and formal training. They began their training in South Carolina, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Katherine Humphus
While residing in Paris, France, Executive Chef Katherine Humphus, cultivated her personal creativity, while mastering the classic, yet intricate French cooking techniques that continue to inspire her today. Humphus’ culinary background draws from a diverse mix of cultures and worldly experiences. Her extensive cooking credentials span the United States and dip into international regions across the globe. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Mike Isabella
Mike Isabella is a Washington, D.C. based chef and restaurateur; owner of Italian-inspired small plates restaurant, Graffiato, Northern Greek concept, Kapnos, and G, an Italian sandwich shop by Day with a tasting menu by night. This spring, he plans to open a second location of Graffiato in Richmond, VA and in late summer he will open Kapnos Taverna in Arlington, VA. Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian is his first cookbook. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Israel
Award-winning restauranteur and chef Chris Israel’s regional recognition is unrivaled by any chef in Portland. He is the only two time winner of The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year —for the scene-changing Mediterranean inspired Zefiro in 1990 and the dark, exotic pan Asian flavors of Saucebox in 1997. Chris moved to New York in 1999 and after a six year “break” from cooking (serving as Associate Art Director for Vanity Fair magazine in New York) MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Stephanie Izard
Chef Stephanie is a Chicago Native and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, where she developed an interest in food from her parents. She earned a degree in sociology from the University of Michigan before attending the Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - CJ Jacobson
Chris Jacobson, better known as CJ, made it to the final five from the original 15 contestants on the recently concluded season of Bravo's "Top Chef." "CJ" is a 31-year old private chef from El Toro California who currently resides in Venice Beach, California. He has worked for renowned clients such as author and columnist, Arianna Hufflington, as well as the Marciano family of the Guess Corporation. MORE..
Host Chef - Eric Jaeger
Chef Eric Jaeger was born and raised in Colorado. He trained in Denver restaurants working for many of the top chefs in Colorado, and spent a few years working as a sous chef at two of the top jazz clubs. Then he moved to Telluride to take a sous chef position for the resort. He spent four years working there perfecting his trade before taking the Executive Chef position in Crested Butte for the Conference Center. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matthew Jennings
Over the past ten years, Chefs and Owners, Matt and Kate Jennings have worked to transform the native food movement in New England. The Jennings’ influence on modern, regional New England cuisine is reflected in the menus of restaurants from southwestern Connecticut to the extreme tip of Maine’s northern border. Though not the first in the region to work sustainably or to support local growers and producers, MORE..
Host Chef - Jonathan Jerusalmy
Executive Jonathan Jerusalmy brings 16 years of distinguished experience to his role as Executive Chef at The St. Regis Atlanta, including a recent tenure with The St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, California's only five-star, five-diamond resort.
Prior to joining St. Regis, Jerusalmy served as the Executive Banquet Chef and Executive Sous Chef at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Florida, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Aki Kamozawa
Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot are the owners of Ideas in Food, LLC, a consulting business based in Levittown, PA. They met in the kitchen at Clio in Boston in 1997 and have been cooking together ever since.
Aki and Alex specialize in sharing techniques for creativity with restaurants, food service companies, and home kitchens using modern ingredients, equipment, and innovative approaches to food. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Haidar Karoum
Haidar Karoum is the Executive Chef/Partner of Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof, all located in Washington, DC. From Southeast Asian cuisine at Doi Moi, to contemporary Spanish small plates at Estadio and wine-centric modern American flavors at Proof, Karoum’s menus at his restaurants reflect his culinary curiosity and remarkable mastery over a wide range of cuisines. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gavin Kaysen
In the fall of 2005 Gavin Kaysen decided to take a few weeks off from his own kitchen to train elsewhere and broaden his perspective. His goal was to spend some time with the best chef whose kitchen he could work his way into. As a result, he did a brief internship in the kitchen at DANIEL. Now, over just two years later, that fortunate choice has led to his being named Executive Chef at Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud in New York. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Douglas Keane
A Michigan native, Chef Douglas Keane attended the prestigious Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Keane's culinary career began at The Four Seasons, the seminal three-star restaurant in the Seagram's Tower. Under the tutelage of Chef Christian "Hitsch" Albin, Keane received his first glimpse of the bounty of pristine products and luxury items available to chefs at fine dining restaurants and learned to handle them with respect. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Geir Kilen
With more than 25 years of culinary experience and extensive four-star hotel knowledge, Chef Kilen brings a wealth of expertise and fine dining insight to 700 Drayton Restaurant. Guests will love his take on the ever-popular local Savannah favorites with a touch of world-class flare. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Lora Kirk
Lora Kirk is regarded as one of Canada's leading chefs who has 14 years of international culinary experience. While growing up in Peterborough, Ontario, Lora was greatly influenced by working on her grandparent's farm and it was there that Lora learnt the importance of supporting local farmers and growers. She then set out to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef. Chef Kirk graduated from Algonquin College's culinary MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Eli Kirshtein
Eli Kirshtein never stops. The Atlanta native and former Top Chef contestant is an accomplished chef, dedicated husband, ambassador of southern cuisine and part-time sports writer. Adventurous as he is traditional, Kirshtein is proud to share his unique brand of creativity with visitors to his flagship restaurant The Luminary – slated to open in Spring 2014. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kristen Kish
Born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI, Kristen Kish showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. At six years old, Kristen became an avid fan of the cooking show Great Chefs of the World on the Discovery channel, feeling connected to the chefs and inspired by the passion they showed for cooking. After high school, Kristen originally attended college with the intent of studying International Business MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ian Knauer
After almost a decade at Gourmet Magazine, where I got to travel the world in search of the best food, I realized that the way we eat right here is not just down-home country cooking, but is world-class food and the picture of what American food can be. I’ve been re-discovering and revitalizing my family’s local food traditions MORE..
Host Chef - Lucas Knox
Executive Chef Lucas Knox, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon, brings the wide variety of modern techniques he refined at Aureole Las Vegas coupled with a renewed approach to the modern American tavern menu. Enhancing flavor profiles by using the freshest product Northern California has to offer, MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Sarah Koechling
The Bristol and Balena are excited to announce Chef Sarah Koechling as their new pastry chef. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from College of Wooster, in Ohio, Sarah attended Chicago’s French Pastry School and then went on to work as the pastry assistant in Everest Restaurant. After two years at Everest, Sarah moved to the west coast where she worked as sous pastry chef at Quince in San Francisco and pastry chef at Patina in LA and Baguetier Bakery in Huntington Beach. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Andrea Koweek
Andrea Koweek is a pastry chef and culinary instructor who has had a passion for baking since childhood and for years has dreamed of having her own bakery. She arrived in Sonoma in 1999 after working at Postrio in San Francisco’s Union Square, and joined the management team at Ramekins Culinary School where she helped build it into an IACP award winning culinary school. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kate Ladoulis
Kate Ladoulis, originally from Virginia, has made Colorado her home since 1993. Her husband Chris brought her to Crested Butte in August 2002, where they now reside and have just launched Django's (pronounced "Jangos") Restaurant and Wine Bar. Kate is the chef of the "internationally-inspired, small-plate" bistro, while Chris manages the front of the house, as well as employs his experience as a commercial and catalog photographer to the advertising of the restaurant. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Anthony Lamas
Anthony Lamas’ roots in the Latin culinary tradition run deep, as he found his passion for food while working in his family’s Spanish restaurant as a child. Likewise, his mother’s heirloom recipes sparked his interest in the cuisine of his Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. By helping to prepare meals on the family farm and participating in Future Farmers of America, Lamas was practicing the “farm to table” philosophy before it was a national movement. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gavin Lansdale
Chef Gavin Lansdale is the Chef De Cuisine at Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, California, where he enjoys cooking up clever new ways of forging unexpected ingredients into approachable and delicious plates of food. A native of the rural East of England, Chef Gavin is no stranger to life on the farm and draws inspiration from the hard work and sacrifice of those who provide the building blocks that enable him to hone his craft. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Alex Lee
A particular childhood event inspired Alex Lee to pursue his interest in cuisine. At a ten course seafood banquet at a relative's restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown, Alex, then only thirteen, found himself writing down descriptions of every course, eager not to let the textures and flavors slip away. Alex has fond memories of his grandmother's delicious Cantonese cuisine, through which MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Edward Lee
Chef Edward Lee's story – and his food – could only happen in America. One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice and one part New York attitude, Lee is a Korean-American who grew up in Brooklyn, trained in classical French kitchens and has spent the better part of a decade in Louisville, Kentucky. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Susur Lee
One might suspect that internationally acclaimed Chef Susur Lee was born with a spoon in his mouth- but that would be a tasting spoon, not a silver one. From his inauspicious beginnings as a 15-year-old apprentice at Hong Kong's swell-egant hotels, to his current Atlas's stride atop the fickle universe of celebrity chef-dom, Susur Lee has never deviated from a consuming passion: to explore beyond the horizons of received culinary knowledge, and to create unique, sublime compositions for the MORE..
Celebrity Chef - James Lewis
James Lewis is the owner of Bettola, an Italian restaurant located in downtown Birmingham on 2nd Avenue South and 29th Street. Originally born in Montreal, Canada, his family is from Birmingham and this is where he lived until he was nine. They moved to California where he resided until he finished business school at the age of twenty one. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kelly Liken
Kelly Liken, one of Colorado's most promising and influential young chefs, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother was an outstanding cook, constantly exploring new recipes and seeking out fresh products at the local farmers market, which led Kelly to develop her love for cooking in high school. At 18, she landed a job preparing salads at an upscale seafood restaurant. MORE..
Celebrity Host Chef - Daniel Lindley
Chattanooga native Daniel Lindley discovered his passion for cooking as a teenager. After working in local Chattanooga restaurants, Daniel cooked aboard a hospital ship in Europe and West Africa. When Daniel returned from overseas, he moved to Westchester County, NY and worked for Chef Terry Harwood at Harvest on Hudson, and then Gramercy Tavern under Tom Colicchio before returning home for the opening of St. John's Restaurant in 2000. MORE..
Pastry Chef - Andrea Litvin
Pastry Chef Andrea Litvin hails from the small Georgia town of Athens. She started her career working under several illustrious chefs in the Atlanta area including Gary Mennie and Richard Blais. During this time she learned much about the fundamentals of pastry and really found her calling. She then moved to New York City to be on the opening pastry team at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's
new critically acclaimed ABC Kitchen, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Lomonaco
"Every great regional American dish has a story to tell. My goal is to celebrate the generosity and abundance of the American spirit with food that is equally bountiful, bold and filled with flavor." -- Chef Michael Lomonaco MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jenn Louis
Consistent, simple and purposeful. This is the philosophy and approach that has propelled Chef Jenn Louis to a culinary career spanning nearly two decades. After graduating from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, Louis traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, even settling in Southern Israel for several months to work on a dairy kabut. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Emily Luchetti
With six cookbooks to her credit and numerous awards, Emily Luchetti has been the executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s Farallon since its inception in 1997 and at Waterbar since it opened in 2008. After attending culinary school and working in a few restaurants in New York and staging in France, Emily moved to MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Johnny Iuzzini
Chef Johnny Iuzzini, award winning pastry chef, hails from the Catskills region in upstate New York. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with over twenty years of kitchen experience, Chef Iuzzini honed his craft at highly lauded dining locations such as The River Café in Brooklyn, NY along with, Daniel, Payard, Café Boulud and Jean Georges in New York City In 2006, the James Beard Foundation awarded Chef Iuzzini "Pastry Chef of the Year." MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Barbara Lynch
James Beard Award-winner Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of Boston’s, and the country’s, leading chefs and restaurateurs. While growing up in South Boston, Barbara, at the age of 13, got her first kitchen job cooking at a local rectory. It was in high school, however, that an influential home economics teacher and a job working with Chef Mario Bonello at Boston’s esteemed St. Botolph Club piqued her interest in one day becoming a professional chef. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Beau MacMillan
As Executive Chef of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and its signature restaurant, elements, Beau MacMillan inspires his staff with his passion for fresh ingredients. His ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food should not be overworked, but rather appreciated for its simplicity and natural perfection. This philosophy is evident in Chef MacMillan's innovative seasonal menus that focus on fresh, MORE..
Celebrity Host Chef - Darwin Santa Maria
The 36-year-old chef was born in the jungles of Peru. He came to America at the age of 13, first to Miami, then to Sarasota for his last years of high school. He returned to Miami to attend Johnson & Wales culinary college. At age 19 he was recruited by Michael’s on East where he quickly rose to the position of sous chef. MORE..
Celebrity Host Chef - Hugo Matheson
Hugo is the Chef/Co-Founder of The Kitchen. Born in England, Hugo grew up eating whatever food his mother picked up that day. Sometimes it was just ‘a bit of kale from our garden’, other times it was ‘a slowly simmered leg of lamb from the nearby butcher’. Either way, it was always fresh and represented the best of the area. MORE..
Celebrity Host Chef - Tony Maws
Tony Maws is a non-traditional chef – an "idealist with a kitchen" might be a more appropriate job description. His ideology: that local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients are intrinsically better, and that these ingredients form the most significant part of what makes great food great.
His resolute commitment to these tenets may have made Tony something of a pioneer in the "locavore" movement and in "Nose to Tail" cooking, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Steven Meese
Steven’s love for food began in his parents’ native Greece where he spent his early childhood. Later, the family relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he worked with his mother Elizabeth at the family restaurant, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ted Mendez
Ted Mendez spent his childhood days in Miami thriving on what he describes as his mother's real Latin comfort food. Mendez had culinary inclinations as a child, often spending evenings cooking with his mother - helping her lend that trademark flair to a wide range of dishes, pita pizzas to grilled chorizo. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Tory McPhail
Tory McPhail has followed a path forged from hard work to arrive at the historic Commander’s Palace restaurant’s storied chef dais, which has cultivated the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, and Jamie Shannon. McPhail hails from Ferndale, WA, where he learned to appreciate local goods and the comfortable gathering place of his parents’ kitchen. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Tim McKee
When you've opened up four of the most well received restaurants in the Twin Cities (La Belle Vie, Solera) you would think you have had enough. Tim McKee thought so too. In the last year he won the James Beard Award for the best chef in the Midwest and had just opened his two newest restaurants, Smalley's Caribbean BBQ and Barrio. But then Cue, the Guthrie's original restaurant, closed and the prime restaurant space in Twin Cities was ripe for the picking. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jeff Michaud
The Executive chef/owner of Osteria Restaurant and Amis Restaurant, began his cooking career at the age of 13 in a pizza shop in New Hampshire, where he was raised. Inspired by the cooking and beautiful wedding cakes made by his grandmother Jeff attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1998.
Upon graduation, Jeff moved to Aspen, Co to join the kitchen staff at the Caribou Club, where he MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Mina
When Michael Mina began his love affair with San Francisco, the earth moved. Literally. On his second day in the City, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck, but the 22-year-old chef was unfazed; he’d been given the opportunity of a lifetime to help design an upscale seafood restaurant from scratch, and he threw himself into it heart and soul. The now legendary Aqua opened to widespread acclaim in 1991 and quickly became a destination restaurant in a city that knows a thing or two about food. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bruce Moffett
Bruce Moffett is the Chef and Owner of Barrington’s Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. A James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Nominee in 2009, Moffett was originally more interested in politics than the professional culinary world. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, he spent six years on Capitol Hill under the direction of Rhode Island US Senator John Chafee. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matt Molina
A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Matt began his career at Campanile in Los Angeles. After 6 years at Campanile under the tutelage of Nancy Silverton, Matt went on to train at Del Posto in New York City in preparation for his role as Executive Chef of Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza. As Executive Chef at Pizzeria Mozza & Osteria Mozza , Matt has received three stars by S. Irene Virbila, the Los Angeles Times food critic, for both restaurants. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Christian A. Monchâtre
Born in Paris, France and classically trained Executive Chef Christian A. Monchâtre, is a veteran of the culinary arts, dedicating his life to the industry. Rooted in traditional French and Italian techniques, Christian’s cuisine reflects a mosaic of influences culminating from extensive training in France, Italy, as well as all of the Americas. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Rick Moonen
An advocate for sustainable fishing and seafood, Rick Moonen‚s passion for conservation has led him to national acclaim. A native New Yorker, Moonen graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1978. He apprenticed at L‚Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale, New York where he built both his confidence and experience working side by side with Chef Jean Morel. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Elliott Moss
Elliott Moss is a son of the low country of South Carolina. The rich characters and humble attitude he grew up with very much influence his approach to this day. Having toiled for years in the food industry, it was a move to Asheville to helm the kitchen at The Admiral that brought him regional and national attention as one of the most acclaimed chefs in the area, culminating in reviews from the likes of The New York Times, GQ Magazine, and ultimately, a James Beard Award nomination for “Best Chef Southeast” for 2013. MORE..
Host Chef - Shaena Muldoon
Shaena Muldoon grew up in Pembroke, Virginia just two miles from the site of her new restaurant. She remembers visiting Pyne's General Store as a little girl with her family. Shaena has been in the restaurant and event businesses for over 20 years. Her extensive experience includes producing high-profile worldwide events such as the award-winning 2004 International VSA Arts Festival in Washington, D.C., the 2002 U.S. Olympic Torch Relay and the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon, Portugal. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Marc Murphy
Ask Chef Marc Murphy where he grew up and he'll fire off a list of cosmopolitan destinations — Milan, Paris, Villefranche, Washington DC, Rome and Genoa — "and that's before I turned 12," he'll explain. For some, growing up the son of a globetrotting diplomat might have been stressful, yet for Murphy, this dizzying list of hometowns served as an excellent education in French and Italian cuisine, and afforded him the luxury of learning MORE..
Hosy Chef - Dan Murray
For more than ten years, Chef Dan Murray has worked in, studied, and taught in the restaurant business. Although his focus has been avante garde and classical French cuisine, Dan has also worked in every aspect of the culinary world -- from high-end catering to soup kitchens. He has also completed intensive internships in Belgium and trained students at private colleges and for state culinary competitions. MORE..
Guest Celebrity Chef - Kevin Nashan
As a child, Kevin Nashan spent as much time in the kitchen as he did in the classroom. Born in Chicago and raised in Santa Fe, his family owned La Tertulia, a beloved Northern New Mexican restaurant, for 27 years. Started by his Hispanic grandfather in 1972, Nashan helped out doing everything from washing dishes and working front of house. Upon graduating from St. Louis University, Nashan enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. MORE..
Celebrity Mixologist - Katie Nelson
Celebrity Chef - Jeffrey Nimer
"I have always felt it is critical to be a miles ahead of the latest trends, offer a diverse, inspired and scrumptious menu combined with exquisite service" - Jeffrey Nimer. Nimer is a third generation culinarian. Growing up he watched his grandfather serve up some of the best comfort food in Miami at his local eatery. His father was a seasoned sommelier and prominent importer/exporter of wine. He spent many precious childhood moments savoring MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Diego Oka
Chef Diego Oka was born and raised in Lima, Peru, one of the worlds’ most diverse and eclectic culinary destinations. Blending personal experiences and a background of Japanese descent into his cuisine, Oka draws on influences ranging from his grandmother’s cooking to the food he discovered while living in Mexico and Colombia. As Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Hugo Ortega
Chef Hugo Ortega was born in Mexico City, the oldest of a family of eight children. At 15, he began working at one of several Procter & Gamble factories in Mexico to help support his family. In 1984, Ortega immigrated to Houston with a cousin and a friend. He had no contacts or job leads but was determined to make a life for himself in America. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Sisha Ortúzar
Sisha Ortúzar grew up in Santiago, Chile, and has been cooking in New York City since 1996. His collaboration with Tom Colicchio began in 1997 at the acclaimed Gramercy Tavern. When Tom moved on to found Craft, Sisha joined his team and played a critical role in the growth of the Craft Restaurant Group. In 2003, Sisha created the ’wichcraft concept and has since served as chef and creative director, building on his original vision MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Pascal Oudin
Pascal Oudin, 52, chef/owner of the awards winning French restaurant, Pascal's on Ponce, in Coral Gables, was born and raised in Bourbon Lancy, France. He fell in love with the culinary arts at a very young age, assisting his mother in the kitchen and began his professional career at the tender age of 13 at a restaurant in Moulins, a small town in France's gourmet capital of Bourbonnais. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Vitaly Paley
Critically acclaimed chef, accomplished restaurateur, and noted cookbook author Vitaly Paley has cemented his place as a leader in the American culinary scene and a trailblazer within the fast-growing Portland, Ore. food community through his award-winning food, unmatched creativity, and superior technique. With some 25 years experience, a 2005 James Beard Award for “Best Chef Pacific Northwest,” MORE..
Host Chef - Charlie Palmer
Since the beginning of his celebrated career, master Chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American Cuisine, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French technique. Influenced by his childhood experiences working in his family's vegetable garden, Palmer was an early advocate of farm over factory food. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Scott Pampuch
While cooking at the Modern Café Scott realized his true passion for cooking was right in his own backyard. In 2001, the Southeast Minnesota Food Network offered him the opportunity to buy food from his hometown and surrounding areas. Their emphasis on sustainability and responsibility towards the land continues to be something in which Scott proudly participates. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Pandel
Chris Pandel’s food is rooted in classic French technique highlighting seasonal, local ingredients. An Illinois native, Pandel began his culinary career working at a restaurant in his hometown of Riverside. From there he moved on to Courtright’s in Willow Springs, a favorite fine-dining spot for Chicagoans. Next, Pandel attended Johnson & Wales University, during which time he interned at Chicago’s Tru for Chef Rick Tramonto. Pandel then headed to New York where he worked at Café Boulud under Chef Andrew Carmellini. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Steve Phelps
A husband, fisherman and musician, Steve Phelps began cooking at the age of 13 at his uncle’s restaurant in Ohio. Realizing it was both fun and lucrative, he worked his way up through a series of jobs over the years, eventually earning an opportunity as sous-chef at the prestigious Hyde Park Steakhouse flagship. Chef Steve credits this time as an intensive ‘School of Hard Knocks’ -style education in the restaurant business. MORE..
Host Chef - Charles Phillips
A talented culinary expert and savvy food and beverage professional, Chef Charles draws his experience and cooking style from culturally-rich cities including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. For the last 15 years, Chef Charles has served various senior chef roles with several private clubs operated by Club Corporation and Starwood Resorts and Hotels, Inc. in the East and South. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jay Pierce
Jay Pierce arrived as Executive Chef of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary and Greensboro in November 2006. Lucky 32 has been a fixture of Greensboro’s dining scene since 1989 and Cary since 2002. After stints in Emeril Lagasse’s kitchens in New Orleans and Orlando, Jay brought Lucky's recipes and pantry home by taking a turn south. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jorel Pierce
Jorel was raised hunting game animals like bear and antelope --- his mom would whip up a mean lemongrass antelope -- so he took from those cues and makes very unique food too. His pad thai pig ear dish has even received national acclaim. Named “Best Rising Star Chef” in 2011 by Denver Westword, Jorel worked at highly-acclaimed, James Beard finalist Jen Jasinski’s Rioja, before partnering up with Jasinski to open Euclid Hall. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gayle Pirie
Partners Gayle Pirie and John Clark are two highly original talents who have been deeply involved in the competitive and innovative ferment of the San Francisco restaurant scene for over two decades. Today, Pirie and Clark are the chef talent and owners behind two very popular and exciting dining destinations in San Francisco – Foreign Cinema and Show Dogs.The two met while working at the former Vicolo Pizza, a popular pre- and post- theater MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Brian Polcyn
Chef Brian Polcyn is an award-winning chef and charcuterie expert. Chef Polcyn is nationally recognized for his creativity and culinary talents, and as the visionary behind some of Detroit's most acclaimed restaurants.
While still in his 20s, Polcyn honed his skills at two of Michigan's most prestigious restaurants, The Golden Mushroom under Certified Master Chef Milos Cihelka and The Lark. He created four of Michigan's most prominent restaurants MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ben Pollinger
Executive Chef Ben Pollinger leads New York City’s Oceana with a distinctive style of cooking that artfully blends the finest seafood with the best ingredients from a global pantry. His creations express a dedication to seasonal products and classic technique with a vast array of flavor profiles. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Naomi Pomeroy
Naomi Pomeroy and her sous chef Mika Paredes first welcomed customers to Beast on September 27, 2007. Since then, the restaurant has received features in Gourmet and Elle magazine. Additionally, Bon Appètit named Pomeroy as one of the top 6 of a new generation of female chefs in September 2008 and Food & Wine magazine recognized her as one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America in 2009. Locally, Pomeroy was voted Chef of the Year for 2008 by Portland Monthly. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - James Porter
Chef James Porter opened Petite Maison in August 2009 in order to bring great French bistro dining to the Valley. Using classic techniques and the most seasonal ingredients, Porter presents guest with a menu that is both familiar and special. He makes daily changes to the days’ dishes, and also changes the menu seasonally. The restaurant is indeed “petite” with just 35 cozy MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Gregory Pugin
Born and raised in the Southwest region of France, Gregory Pugin began perfecting his culinary art from a very young age. His father, a chef, ignited in Gregory a passion and love for cooking as a child, and they often cooked together for the family. It became clear at an early age that Pugin was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps and he quickly worked his way through France studying under some of the country great master chefs. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Stephan Pyles
Stephan Pyles, Chef/Owner of Stephan Pyles Concepts was named Esquire Magazine's Chef of the Year for 2006, is a fifth generation Texan, pioneer of New American cooking and founding father of Southwestern Cuisine. He has created 15 restaurants in four cities over the past 26 years including Routh Street Cafe, Baby Routh, and Star Canyon. Texas Monthly named his eponymous restaurant Stephan Pyles, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Dan Rattigan
Dan Rattigan is one part of the dynamic duo behind the Asheville-based French Broad Chocolates (the other being his wife, Jael). Dan began his culinary career as Head Cook and Lead Baker at a 115 member dining cooperative at Oberlin College, where he earned his degree in Philosophy. He attended law school at University of Minnesota, but after forsaking enough study time in favor of time in the kitchen, he decided to follow a career in culinary arts. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Steven Redzikowski
With experience in iconic kitchens across the country over the past fifteen years, Chef Steven Redzikowski has finally achieved his dream of owning and running his own restaurant. Like many chefs before him, that dream started with humble beginnings at the young age of fifteen, working at a local pizzeria in his hometown of New York. MORE..
Host Chef - Brian Recor
Brian Recor, who originally hails from Marine City, Michigan a small town northeast of Detroit, obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Communications from Central Michigan University in 1998. A life long interest in the culinary arts fueled since childhood by an interest in his mother’s excellent home cooking and baking, MORE..
Host Chef - Anthony Reichenbach
Anthony's international experience includes Legends in Beaver Creek, CO. Ristorante Papagallo, Grand Cayman BWI. The Teahouse, Vancouver, Canada. Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy. Avanti in Queenstown, New Zealand. The Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand and The Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, CO. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Mark Richardson
“To this day, I can’t do sweet potatoes like my grandmother did them,” says Mark Richardson, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Thankfully, other menu items that have taken on his Southern charm are perfected in a way that would make grandmother proud. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Stefan Richter
Slicing, sautéing and saucing his way to become runner-up on Season 5 of Bravo's hit competition series "Top Chef," Stefan Richter brings the same culinary flair to his European catering service in Los Angeles. On "Top Chef" he worked on the fly with such "signature ingredients" as apples, oats and eggs, creating such intricate dishes as lamb chops with tabouli, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Martin Rios
When Chef Martín Rios and his wife, Jennifer, began planning a restaurant of their own they envisioned a comfortable place where people from the community and Santa Fe's many visitors could enjoy Chef Rios' award-winning progressive American cuisine in a refined and pleasing atmosphere. Long-time Santa Feans with a commitment to the community - Martín volunteers with Cooking with Kids and MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Alex Roberts
Alexander Roberts was born in Buffalo, New York, but his formative years were spent here in Minneapolis. He started working in local kitchens in high school and through college. In the early 1990's, Alex moved to New York City, where he attended the French Culinary Institute. After graduation, Alex gained experience in several renowned New York restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, Bouley, and the Union Square Cafe. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Alain Roby
Alain's work has been seen all over the world, as The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Chef Roby the World's Tallest Cooked Sugar Building and World's Tallest Chocolate Sculpture. His award-winning cooked sugar building was 12 feet 10 inches tall and chocolate sculpture was 20 feet 8 inches tall. These creations took his world visibility to new heights. Chef Roby is the only pastry chef to hold two Guinness World Records. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Olivier Rodriguez
Since joining the Biltmore in 2007, Olivier Rodriguez infused the property with his signature sweets at the hotel’s restaurants, banquets and special events. His flair for creativity and passion for pastry have found their ideal showplace at the Biltmore. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Lou Rook
A wise man once said, “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.”
If that is true, Lou Rook must be one of the happiest, “nonworking” chefs around. Ever since he was a teenager working in his family’s “King Louie’s” diner in Wood River Illinois, Lou Rook has had a passion for food. It was there that he learned, and learned to love, the art of service, the appreciation for quality food product and the joy of bringing both together to create a memorable dining experience. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jodie Rogers
Deer Valley executive chef Jodie Rogers remembers her introduction to grilling, or cooking "on the barbie," as they say in her native Australia. "My father made this makeshift flat-top grill balanced on bricks over a robust wood fire. Often the result was meat served in extra-well-done, charred bits," she laughs, "but the best part was gathering with friends and family and drinking beer, which served as both a beverage and a marinade. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matt Rogers
Matt Rogers (Executive Chef): After graduating in 2003 from Johnson & Wales
University with a degree in Culinary Arts some of Matt’s credits include: Sous Chef for the “four diamond” gourmet restaurant Joseph Decius, Executive Chef for Marriott Hotel’s Red River Steakhouse, and stagier at Charlie Trotters. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Hosea Rosenberg
Hosea Rosenberg, originally from Taos, New Mexico, was always good at math. After graduating 3rd in his class at Taos High School, he moved to Boulder, CO to study at the University of Colorado. His dream was to be an astronomer. During his years as a Colorado Buffalo, Hosea worked in local kitchens to pay his way through school. In 1997, he was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Aaron Sanchez
The co-star of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped and Heat Seekers, Aarón is the owner and executive chef of Centrico restaurant, located in New York City, and Mestizo, located in Kansas City. He is also the culinary visionary behind Tacombi Tacqueria in New York City and Crossroads at House of Blues nationwide. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin Chefs. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Richard Sandoval
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Richard Sandoval grew up surrounded by Mexican culture and food. His father, a successful restaurateur, instilled in him a passion for the cuisine of his heritage and the art of hospitality. From the age of 12, Richard worked in his father's highly regarded restaurants Madeiras and Villa Fiore restaurants, confirming his desire to be a chef. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Marcus Samuelsson
At the age of 38, Marcus Samuelsson has received more accolades than many chefs receive in a lifetime. A graduate of the Culinary Institute in Gothenburg, Samuelsson apprenticed in Switzerland, Austria, France and the U.S. In 1995 he was hired as Aquavit's Executive Chef. Just 3 months later, Aquavit received a three-star review from The New York Times. Samuelsson was honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for 'Rising Star Chef' in 1999 and 'Best Chef, New York' in 2003. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Steven Satterfield
Over his 20 years of experience in restaurants, chef Steven Satterfield has developed strong relationships with local farmers – a connection that has come to fruition in his and co-owner Neal McCarthy’s exciting restaurant venture, Miller Union. Named after the Miller Union Stockyards once located on the property, the restaurant inhabits a refurbished mid-century warehouse space in Atlanta’s former West Side meatpacking district. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jonathan Sawyer
Chef Jonathon Sawyer is proud Clevelander and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. He began his culinary career at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami before working in New York City alongside Charlie Palmer at Kitchen 22. Chef Sawyer worked as Chef de Cuisine for his friend and colleague Michael Symon, and then became Symon’s Executive Chef at Parea, receiving a two star review from The New York Times. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Drew Sayes
Chef Drew Sayes was appointed executive chef of The Townsend Hotel in November 2012. As the hotel’s executive chef, Sayes is responsible for the creation and execution of the fine dining menu at The Townsend’s award-winning Rugby Grille, as well as overseeing the menus associated with the hotel’s other extensive dining operations, including room service, afternoon tea and catering. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kevin Sbraga
A graduate of Johnson & Wales’ prestigious College of Culinary Arts Chef Kevin Sbraga takes his no boundaries approach to cuisine to new heights at namesake restaurant Sbraga, an Esquire magazine “Best New Restaurant” and one of Philadelphia magazine’s “Best Restaurants of 2013,” and his new Southern inspired The Fat Ham, which opened in December 2013. Sbraga’s modern American menus at restaurant Sbraga focus on pairing the most flavorful MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Barton Seaver
Acclaimed chef, author, and speaker Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Brian Scheehser
Executive Chef Brian Scheehser - Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Scheehser brings to our Kirkland table 30 years of culinary experience. Following his graduation, Chef Brian was an apprentice to Chef Lucien Verge at Chicago's L'Escargot, working and learning at the restaurant for 11 years. Sharpening his skills at Chicago's Hotel Nikko restaurant and Chicago Sheraton, Chef Scheehser moved to Seattle MORE..
Celebrity Chef - White House Chef - Walter Scheib
Walter Scheib has quite a story to tell. In fact, he has two stories to tell. The first involves the rise of an American chef to the most storied position in the land. The second offers an intimate, human view of two First Families, the corridors of political power, international personalities, and the most famous building in the United States, from a unique vantage point: The kitchen. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Moaya Scheiman
Moaya Scheiman is a chef, culinary instructor and food historian who has been strongly influenced by his extensive years of world travel. Moaya opened the “Junk Company” for the Woodstock Entertainment Group in Bangkok Thailand in 1989. He came to the Bay area in 1991 and worked as chef d’ cuisine for Café Sanchez in San Francisco, Export Sous chef for Kimball Jones at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Opened Tropix Caribbean Café in Oakland and from 2001 to 2008, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Schlow
Michael Schlow – Executive Chef and Owner of Radius, Via Matta and Alta Strada restaurants – is recognized as one of the leading chefs in the United States. Since moving to Boston from New York City in 1995, Schlow has been at the culinary forefront, helping define and shape the city's restaurant landscape.
He opened his first restaurant, Radius, in January 1999 and succeeded in creating what many call the "Best Restaurant" in Boston. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jimmy Schmidt
Celebrated chef, restaurateur, food scientist and innovator Jimmy Schmidt is now drawing inspiration from the bounty of the Coachella Valley and its environs to create the contemporary American cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert, the new signature restaurant at the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Philippe Schmit
Chef Philippe Schmit served as Executive Chef and Partner at bistro moderne in Houston, where he was hailed as one of the city's most innovative and talented chefs since his arrival in 2004. Born and raised in Roanne, France near Lyon, he trained at three of Paris's most respected Michelin 2-Star restaurants— Le Carre des Feuillants, Pavillon Elysee Lenotre and Restaurant Jacques Cagna— in addition MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Alex Seidel
Alex Seidel, now Chef/Owner of Fruition Restaurant, began his career in the kitchen at age 14 in his home state of Wisconsin. From there, he quickly moved from the line to Sous Chef of Main Street Bistro by age 20. Inspired by food at a young age, Seidel studied at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, graduating at the top of his class. After graduation, he wanted to move to the California coast and work with the best chefs, local produce, and bounties from the nearby waters. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Matt Selby
Matt Selby is the community driven chef behind the critically acclaimed restaurants Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's Food Service in Denver, Colorado. One of Denver's few native chefs, Chef Selby has been at the helm at Vesta since 1997. Over the past ten years, Vesta has consistently been named one of Denver's "Ten Best Restaurants" helping to launch Matty's reputation as one of Denver's top chefs while he was still in his twenties. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chris Shepherd
Chef Chris Shepherd isn’t originally from Texas, but he got here as soon as he could. The fresh, local ingredients inspired him, scouring the farms of Oklahoma as a child in search of straight-from-the-vine tomatoes, fresh corn, and peas.
Two decades ago, he applied to several culinary schools in the South and ultimately decided on somewhere he had never been before, Houston. The cultural diversity of the city intrigued Chris while attending the Art Institute. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Tom Sheridan
Chef Tom Sheridan comes by his culinary talents honestly. He honed his skills at his parents’ now-defunct Chauncey’s Restaurant in South Bend before jetting off to Vincennes University for a degree in culinary arts.
“That experience really gave me a leg up on other students,” Sheridan says. The 38-year-old has worked for owner Mark McDonnell’s LaSalle Grill in South Bend for the past 10 years, eight of them as head chef. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Samm Sherman
Samm Sherman was lucky enough to turn a childhood pastime into a successful career. Samm, who grew up baking with her mother, serves as Root Down and Linger’s pastry chef. She cut her teeth in Root Down’s pantry department, preparing all of Root Down’s cold menu items and working the line. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Scott Shields
Scott Shields is a food perfectionist, which provides the foundation for Blue Moon Beach Grill. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Culinary Academy, Scott honed his skills as a line chef at Owens Restaurant, Mulligan’s, and Mill Street Grill in Staunton, VA. This decade of on the job training helped Scott as Blue Moon Beach Grill was conceived. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Josh Silvers
Josh Silvers is an award-winning chef and owner of Jackson’s Bar & Oven located in Santa Rosa, California. In 1999, Chef Silvers opened his first restaurant, Syrah. Local restaurant critics immediately recognized Silvers’ talent and enthusiasm calling him “the Chef to watch.” The best Chef in Sonoma County. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that “when Chef Silvers is cooking on all four burners, it’s magical!” MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Nancy Silverton
Chef Nancy Silverton studied at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in London, England. Graduating with a solid foundation in culinary arts, Silverton returned to the states to begin working at Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica under Jimmy Brinkeley. It was there that Silverton discovered her passion for pastry and returned to Europe to attended Lenotre Culinary Institute in Plasir, France to hone her skills. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Eric Skokan
Born in San Diego, California and raised in Virginia, Eric Skokan studied history at the University of Virginia. While moonlighting at the award-winning Silver Thatch Inn in the Virginia Countryside, he quickly realized that he preferred the cookbook to the textbook. After graduation he moved around the country working in some of the best restaurant kitchens, until 2006 when he opened Black Cat Farm Table Bistro in Boulder. blackcatboulder.com MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Holly Smith
Holly Smith grew up in Monkton, Maryland in a food loving family. Holly studied political science at both Colby College and Washington College later attending the Baltimore International Culinary College. Holly completed an externship in Ireland with Master Chef Peter Timmins while at BICC.
In 1993 Holly moved to Seattle and accepted a position MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Adam Sobel
Adam Sobel's culinary curiosity began at the tender age of five when he began cooking with his grandmother. He was barely tall enough to reach the counters, but that didn't stop him from helping to roll out classic Italian-American dishes such as gnocchi, meatballs and stuffed peppers. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Solomonov
A 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef at Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800), Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant. Known for his extraordinary skill at transforming simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces, he is widely regarded as one of the city’s top young chefs and entrepreneurs. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - John Somerville
When a person has grown with a business, it could be that they have found their rightful place, which could be because of contentment, loyalty or that they are just a "good fit". All these qualities described John Somerville at The Lark. With a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan under his belt, John decided to follow his heart, and his love of the finest food led him to The Lark in 1994 as a Garde Manager Chef.
Celebrity Chef - Angelo Sosa
“As a chef, my cuisine is an extension of who I am –I deeply respect the wisdom of tradition and I am inspired by adventure and new experiences.”
Angelo Sosa was the youngest of his siblings, born in Connecticut to a Dominican father and an Italian mother who believed meals were serious affairs. He graduated with High Honors from the Culinary Institute of America in 1997, after running the kitchen at the Escoffier Room, one of the institute’s highly acclaimed restaurants. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Stoltzfus
The James Beard nominated Chef/Owner of Coquette in New Orleans, Michael Stoltzfus has a very unorthodox culinary background. To begin with, Stoltzfus is a self taught chef who learned to cook primarily from the plethora of cookbooks he purchased. Unlike most talented chefs who bounce between top kitchens before opening their own restaurants, Stoltzfus has only cooked at one noteworthy restaurant, albeit a distinguished one, before opening his New Orleans showcase, Coquette. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ethan Stowell
Chef Staple & Fancy Mercantile, author Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen, and restaurateur Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Grubb Brothers Productions. Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, and Staple & Fancy Mercantile, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Sara Strom
I started my career by waiting tables at an authentic Irish Pub, Downtown Memphis TN. Soon after working there I was asked to "move on up" to the bar! At 18 years of age, I jumped at the opportunity of the coveted position while studying business full time in College. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan is the Charcutier (or Butcher) at Blackberry Farm. He creates sausages from foothills ingredients, while his salami deploys local muscadine wine, sorghum and spice berries. Michael learned about the importance of passion from his father, a baker who was overjoyed to wake before dawn and never lost his excitement for how each day's yeast was different from the previous day's. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Vikram Sunderam
A native of Bombay, India, Vikram Sunderam began his career in 1985 when he joined the Taj Mahal Hotel group. During his training with the company, he worked at several of their properties, including Riverview Lodge where he was promoted to Head Chef. Sunderam received an Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London and prior to that MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jay Swift
His name may be sound speedy, but Chef Jay Swift paid his dues (working in the bizz for more than 30 years) to earn his spot among the top toques in Atlanta’s food scene. A Baltimore native, Swift started working in restaurants at the age 14, and restaurant work financed his high school and college English education. After two and a half years of college, he decided to follow his passion–and palate–switching gears and heading back into the kitchen. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Shannon Swindle
Pastry Chef Shannon Swindle credits his family of adventurous foodies and Chez Panisse's Alice Waters with inspiring his passion for the kitchen. His career as a pastry chef is a very unlikely one, given Swindle's type 1 diabetes, but out of necessity he discovered a talent: creating desserts that are focused on the natural sweetness of high-quality seasonal ingredients.
Intrigued by the restaurant industry but with no formal training, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Lon Symensma
ChoLon is an extension of our home and values, offering old and new friends a place to gather while they enjoy an incredible dining experience. Lon Symensma and Alicia Pokoik Deters met in 2000 while they were both doing fellowships at The Culinary Institute of America in Escoffier, the Classical French restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Symon
Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael's pedigree started upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1990. Michael quickly began revitalizing the Cleveland palate, while practicing in some of Cleveland's up and coming restaurants, such as Player's, Picolo Mondo, Giovanni's MORE..
Celebrity Chef - H. Alexander Talbot
H. Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa are the owners of Ideas in Food, LLC, a consulting business based in Levittown, PA. They met in the kitchen at Clio in Boston in 1997 and have been cooking together ever since.
Aki and Alex specialize in sharing techniques for creativity with restaurants, food service companies, and home kitchens using modern ingredients, equipment, and innovative approaches to food. MORE..
Celebrity Chefs - David & Krissy Tallent
Locally-grown David and Kristen Tallent met while working in a Bloomington restaurant 10 years ago and have hardly left the kitchen since. In 2000, they both went to New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America. During their studies and following, they both worked llentme of the finest restaurants in New York and Atlanta. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ari Taymor
Ari Taymor, the chef-owner of Alma, has been in Martha's Vineyard this week, the same week he learned that the downtown L.A. restaurant topped Bon Appetit magazine's list of 10 Best New Restaurants in America. The 27-year-old worked at Flour + Water and Bar Tartine in San Francisco before eventually launching Alma. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Elizabeth Terry
Award winning chef Elizabeth Terry began her culinary career in Atlanta Georgia when she opened a small soup and sandwich shop called Thyme For You, “My masters in business,” she quips. In 1981 she opened Elizabeth on 37th with the support of her husband Michael Terry in a turn of the century mansion in Savannah Georgia. She and her family lived and worked in the mansion. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bradford Thompson
With a background deeply rooted in New England's culinary history, Chef Bradford Thompson's culinary palette is strongly influenced by his summers spent lobster trapping off the coast of Maine and picking fresh blueberries with his grandmother. Upon completion of his studies at the University of Rochester, Bradford combined his passion MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Casey Thompson
Food has played a momentous role in my life starting when I was much younger. Coming from two very different families, one influenced from the south and the second from a heavily influenced French cuisine. I found cooking to be my calling. My start began as a prep cook at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas where I spent my hours peeling potatoes, killing lobster and tying corn husk bows. This was necessary to achieve the goals I had set in front of me. MORE..
Celebrity Chefs - Andy Ticer Michael Hudman
The chefs and owners of Andrew Michael Italian kitchen were both raised by large Italian families. It was in their childhood, that the love of Italian cooking took seed. They trained from the ground up, starting in liquor stores to learn about wine, quick turn restaurants to gain experience, then to the finer restaurants and formal training. They began their training in South Carolina, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jason Tostrup
Born in Duluth Minnesota, Chef Jason Tostrup lives by a simple culinary philosophy: “Do what's right for the land, the animals, and the food that's produced from it. Jason is known as a leader in New England's farm to table movement and has developed strong alliances with area growers and producers as well as teaching this philosophy to those who experience his food and hospitality. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jeremiah Tower
Tower was born in Stamford, Connecticut, son of a managing director of an international film sound equipment company. He was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview (Sydney, Australia), Parkside School, Surrey (England), Loomis Chaffee, Connecticut, Harvard University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A food lover, he had no formal culinary education before beginning his career as a chef. After earning a Masters Degree MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Danny Trace
Fresh local produce, wild and sustainable foods, and Cajun and Creole influences form the foundation for Brennan’s of Houston Executive Chef Danny Trace’s culinary style. “I put what I’ve been eating all of my life into it. I try to cook the best local food there is,” the Louisiana native says. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Ming Tsai
Ming was raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent hours cooking alongside his mother and father at their family-owned restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen. His love of cooking (and eating!) great food was forged in these early years, while also gaining valuable experience in front and back of the house. Ming headed east to attend school at Phillips Academy Andover. From there, Ming continued to Yale University, earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Chantal Tseng
Originally hailing from the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, N.Y., Chantal Tseng spent her college years studying Art & Media at Pomona College in sunny Southern California. She has been a bartender for over the last 12 years in D.C. A true student of all things liquid, she is a Bar Ready graduate of the B.A.R. program, a Certified Sommelier via the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a tea aficionado on the side. MORE..
Host Chef - Sandy Tuason
Chef Tuason's accomplished career included unique opportunities to train and work side by side the leading culinary talents of our times. In New York City, Chef refined his skills with Daniel Boulud and David Burke. Having spent time across the pond, Chef also trained with Star Michelin French Chefs Albert and Michel Roux in London. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Tusk
Michael Tusk is the renowned chef and owner of Quince, one of San Francisco's most critically acclaimed restaurants. At Quince, Michael draws inspiration for his Italian influenced cuisine from exceptional locally- sourced and seasonal ingredients found throughout Northern California.
A native of New Jersey, Michael developed a profound curiosity about food at a very young age. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Sophie Uong
A native of Cambodia, Sophie Uong is a self-taught culinary master. With over 15 years of experience at some of the most notable restaurants in the Bay Area, Sophie has developed a well-rounded knowledge of the kitchen. With a background including positions as server, bartender, cook, owner and executive chef, Sophie has learned the operational process involved in leading a restaurant. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - David Varley
When you grow up having a breakfast of blueberries lovingly plucked from your back garden by mom, food has a completely different meaning. As a teen in Sussex, New Jersey, David Varley worked as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. By pure chance, he went from scrubbing floors to baking biscuits one day when a cook called in sick. Something clicked, and he made it his aim to work at the best restaurant in town. MORE..
Host Chef - Jason Vernon
Formally trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Jason Vernon refined his prowess at such prestigious dining establishments as the Stanford Landmark, Chicago Four Seasons, Emeril Lagasse's Nola in New Orleans, and RK, an American Brasserie in New York City. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bryan Voltaggio
Chef Bryan Voltaggio is a true son of the Chesapeake, born and bred in Frederick, Maryland. By the young age of 20 and after having served as sous chef and executive chef at two regional hotel restaurants, Voltaggio made the decision to enroll at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Upon graduating, Voltaggio staged at Aureole, in New York City, where he met his mentor chef Charlie Palmer. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Michael Voltaggio
Chef Michael Voltaggio (@mvoltaggio) has been in the kitchen since he was 15 years old. By 21, he had completed his formal training at the venerable greenbrier culinary apprenticeship program. He was immediately hired to work at the Ritz Carlton in Naples where he first immersed himself with what were considered unconventional techniques, under the tutelage of Chef Arnaud Berthelier. He found that these techniques naturally melded with MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Bob Waggoner
Fusing Lowcountry cooking and his own French-influenced technique, Chef Bob Waggoner creates contemporary and sophisticated new southern haute cuisine using seasonal and regional ingredients. On an ordinary day, Chef Bob Waggoner dishes up panned seared lamb sweetbreads over truffled grits, local young zucchini blossoms stuffed with Maine Lobster, or sautéed Smoky Mountain golden trout with Lowcountry crawfish tails. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Tandra Watkins
Since 2007, executive pastry chef Tandra Watkins has been face of the the pastry program in the kitchen of Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel. Now, after five successful years of making sweet treats for the high-end restaurant, Tandra is up for a very high honor from the prestigious James Beard Foundation, which has selected her as a semi-finalist for the 2013 title of Outstanding Pastry Chef. Talk about cool! MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jonathan Waxman
Working as a successful chef, restaurateur and author, Jonathan Waxman has graced such prestigious kitchens as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Michael's in Los Angeles. Waxman went on to open his own restaurant in New York City — Jams, described by the NY Times as 'a culinary comet', as well as the MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Cathy Whims
It’s not the awards or the notoriety that fuels the fire for Chef/Restaurateur Cathy Whims. It’s the quest to offer historically-based, authentic dishes that celebrate a sense of place and a local producer’s passion that keep this beloved Portland culinary treasure at the stove.
She and her partner, David West, opened Nostrana in 2005 MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kelly Whitaker
Chef Kelly is the co-founder and executive chef of Boulder-based Basta - a wood fired restaurant. Prior to opening Basta, and after several stints cooking in Italy, Kelly worked in Los Angeles as a chef at the renowned Hatfield's as well as serving in the coveted role of fish cook at Providence (a 2-Michelin star restaurant). MORE..
Host Chef - Kevin White
Chef Kevin White comes from the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va.
White began his interest in cooking while working alongside his mother, owner of the Battletown Inn, Berryville, Va. “At that point, I fell in love with the kitchen,” says White. Since he’s worked in restaurants in Leesburg and his career led him to The Palisades in 2010. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Robert Wiedmaier
Chef Wiedmaier has come full circle in his culinary life. His newest enterprise, Mussel Bar, was inspired by the old-world roadhouses in Brussels where early in his career he and his fellow cooks went to kick back and relax. “We’d eat mussels, drink beer, and listen to rock and roll into all hours before heading back to the kitchen,” he reminisces fondly. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Brooke Williamson
Brooke Williamson’s entire life has always been about food. Ever since she can remember, Williamson wanted to become a chef or a restaurateur. After working with some of the country's top chefs, her dream has finally been realized in the form of successful ventures such as Amuse Café, Beechwood, and projects with chef-husband Nick Roberts, Hudson House in Redondo Beach and The Tripel in Playa Del Rey. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Kevin Willmann
Born into a farming family in Greenville, Illinois and self-taught in the culinary arts down South in the Florida panhandle, Chef Kevin Willmann has a community approach to his food. Specifically, his menus are mostly comprised of locally grown produce and he partners with local cheesemakers, bakers and coffee roasters. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Andrew Wilson
Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Wilson, brings his signature style, highlighting seasonal ingredients with European techniques. Andrew came to Carneros with 20 years of restaurant-industry experience, cooking in internationally-acclaimed kitchens from South Carolina to San Francisco and has earned accolades in Esquire, The Wine Spectator, The New York Times, Food & Wine and Gourmet. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Jason Wilson
Chef Jason Wilson remains true to his ideals: preparing the finest local, organic ingredients in a manner befitting the title Modern Northwest Cuisine. A graduate of the esteemed California Culinary Academy, Chef Jason Wilson assisted in kitchens as far afield as France, California and Singapore.
He considers the kitchens of Flying Saucer, Aqua and Stars his main influences. In 2006, Jason was MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Robbie Wilson
A born and bred Texan, Robbie Wilson first discovered his love of food while traveling the world with his high school and college soccer teams. During his final year at Texas Tech, he worked for a French Chef as he studied for the LSAT. This mentor urged Robbie to follow his passion, recommending Robbie work for a friend in Roanne, France. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Daniel Wright
Executive Chef and restaurateur Daniel Wright owns two award-winning restaurants in Cincinnati Ohio. Senate known for its haute dogs, street-smart food, and artisan cocktails, and Abigail Street, a Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates that lean on the vibrant flavors of his wife’s Jordanian heritage. MORE..
Celebrity Pastry Chef - Jeffrey Wurtz
Pastry Chef Jeffrey Wurtz has spent nearly a decade working with world-renowned chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon.
A native of New Hampshire, Jeffrey took his first step towards a professional career by enrolling in the Culinary Arts Program at Newbury College in Massachusetts. MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Justin Yu
Justin has worked some of the country’s most notable restaurants such as *17 in Houston, Texas, Green Zebra and Spring Restaurants in Chicago, Illinios and Ubuntu in Napa, California. After staging abroad at In de Wulf in Dranouter, Belgium and AOC and Geranium Restaurants in Copenhagen, Denmark, MORE..
Celebrity Chef - Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, food writer, chef, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world.
As the co-creator, host and contributing producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, he travels the world, exploring the food in its own terroir, wherever it's found. MORE..