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Melisse, Los Angeles, CA (French)

By Tony Lagana / January 20, 2021

As a California native, Chef Josiah Citrin developed a love of food at an early age from his caterer mother and French grandmother. After graduating High School, Citrin moved to Paris for a few years to study traditional French cuisine and techniques. During this time he gained a true appreciation for fine dining.  Upon returning…

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Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL (Southern)

By Tony Lagana / January 18, 2021

Southern food has always been in Chef Chris Hastings blood. Even as a boy in North and South Carolina, while catching and preparing fresh fish on family vacations, his love of southern cuisine and the culinary arts was strengthening. After spending a few years in Atlanta and San Francisco as Sous Chef for various restaurants,…

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Frontera Grill, Chicago, IL (Latin)

By Mary Kay LaBrie / January 16, 2021

Growing up in Oklahoma with a family of restaurateurs and grocers, Chef Rick Bayless was no stranger to the culinary world as a child. During his college years, he studied Spanish and Latin Cultures, and during this time, his love of Latin Cuisine broadened. During the 80’s, he lived in Mexico while writing his first…

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Emeril’s, New Orleans, LA (Southern)

By Mary Kay LaBrie / January 13, 2021

Famed chef, Emeril Lagasse, has appeared on multiple television shows, written numerous cookbooks, and opened many successful restaurants since his appearance on the culinary scene as the Executive Chef of Commander’s Palace in 1982. Lagasse’s style of cooking is nicknamed “New New Orleans” as it utilizes local Louisiana ingredients to influence his own version of…

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Delmonico, Las Vegas, NV (Steakhouse)

By Mary Kay LaBrie / January 11, 2021

Emeril Lagasse is well known for his numerous successful restaurants, television shows and cookbooks. Delmonico Las Vegas is a prime example of Chef Emeril’s skill as it is the perfect combination of classic steakhouse with his own Creole inspired twist and illustrates further how Chef Lagasse has firmly rooted himself in the culinary scene as…

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Cut Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (Steakhouse)

By Tony Lagana / January 9, 2021

Born in Carinthia, Austria, Chef Wolfgang Puck learned to love cooking from a very young age from his mother who was a successful pastry chef. He completed his training in Monaco and moved to the United States at the age of 24, working at La Tour in Indianapolis before moving to Los Angeles, where he…

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Café Boulud, Palm Beach, Florida (French)

By Tony Lagana / January 6, 2021

Originally from Lyon, France, Chef Daniel Boulud has become a leading American Chef and Restaurateur, with multiple restaurants in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Palm Beach, Miami, Toronto, London, Montreal, and Singapore. Boulud began working in the culinary industry in his early teens, became skilled in classic French techniques, and originally came to the U.S.…

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italian food

Babbo, New York, NY (Italian)

By Tony Lagana / January 4, 2021

Chef Robert Zwirz took over as Executive Chef of Babbo in January of 2018 when longtime Executive Chef, Frank Langello and Mario Batali stepped down. Zwirz began his culinary education in 2004 at the Culinary Education Center in New Jersey and then proceeded to earn his degree from Johnson and Wales. In 2009 he began…

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Perry St., New York, NY (New American)

By Danielle / January 2, 2021

Cedric Vongerichten is the son of famed Chef and Restaurateur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Cedric moved to New York at a young age, and trained under the instruction of his father in his young years. At 17, he took an apprenticeship in the Bahamas, and then continued to travel and work in restaurants…

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Oriole, Chicago, IL (New American)

By Tony Lagana / December 30, 2020

Chef Noah Sandoval has earned the label of best new chef from Chicago, and it is well deserved. Since Oriole opened with Sandoval at the helm, he has earned two Michelin Stars and the respect of Chicago locals. Born in Virginia, Sandoval and his military family moved quite a bit, and in his teen years,…

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