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Top Ten Celebrity Chef Restaurants

|Jun 8|magazine11 min read

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10. Stephan Pyles

Dallas, Texas

Pyles, a fifth-generation Texan and founding father of Southwestern cuisine, made his name as a chef, educator, cookbook author and philanthropist before pouring his talents and passions into this self-named restaurant. Since 2006, Stephan Pyles has warmed up the Dallas Arts District with its robust, elegant “New Millenium Southwestern” menu.

9. Craftsteak

Las Vegas, Nevada

He’s best known as the head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef, but Tom Colicchio is also a James Beard Outstanding Chef winner with a number of career achievements to boast. Craftsteak, located in the MGM Grand, is one of Colicchio’s many restaurants and a carnivore’s dream. If beef’s not your bag, you’ll still be won over by Craftsteak’s lobster dishes and farmer’s market vegetables.

8. Babbo

New York, New York

Mario Batali’s fondness for orange Crocs may be questionable, but there’s no doubt that he knows how to run a restaurant. Babbo, which Batali opened in 1998 with business partner Joseph Bastianich, is regularly heralded as a favorite among critics and regular diners alike. The ever-changing menu perfectly mirrors Batali’s unexpected, unforgettable Italian flair.

7. CUT

Las Vegas, Nevada

With a bevy of restaurants, cookbooks, licensed products and catering services under his brand’s umbrella, Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck is easily one of the most recognizable and respected chefs in the US. CUT, Puck’s standout steakhouse, started in Beverly Hills but we’re partial to his AAA Four Diamond Las Vegas location in the Palazzo.

6. Morimoto

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Masaharu Morimoto’s US culinary influence started in the 80s and 90s, when he worked at some of New York’s most respected establishments and became the head chef of acclaimed Nobu. His fame catapulted with appearances on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America and his legacy continues with his futuristic, high-drama, impeccable Japanese/sushi restaurant in Philly’s Center City district.

5. Emeril’s

New Orleans, Louisiana

Jovial James Beard Award-winner Emeril Lagasse has mastered the art of building a brand around personality and passion. Emeril’s is just one of 12 restaurants in Lagasse’s multi-million dollar empire, but its charm, panache and clear affection for its neighborhood make it a sure thing for our list.

4. Olives

Las Vegas, Nevada

Todd English is another celebrity chef who has leveraged his talents and business smarts to build a formidable brand. His Boston Olives eatery was the first of over a dozen Todd English restaurants in the US, but his spot in the Bellagio, renowned for its rustic Mediterranean menu and rich ambiance, is a must-visit when in Vegas.

3. Per Se

New York, New York

There’s a reason the New York Times has said Thomas Keller’s Per Se is the best restaurant in the city. Keller—the mastermind behind French Laundry, Ad Hoc and Bouchon—opened Per Se in 2004, combining physical and gastronomical elements from his heralded past. Per Se’s exquisite service and food will provide you with one of the finest meals of your life—guaranteed.

2. Spago

Beverly Hills, California

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is the grandfather of fine dining—not necessarily because of its age (15 years) or because its take on the industry is in any way antiquated. Spago is as legendary as restaurants can be and it has set the standard in every arena of culinary experience. Its daily-changing menu of Asian and Italian-infused knockouts helps ensure its legacy will continue to delight.

1. Daniel

New York, New York

Chef Daniel Boulud’s oft-celebrated eponymous restaurant combines elevated contemporary French cuisine, elegant surroundings and impeccable style for an unbeatable dining experience. Its seasonal, meticulous menu tips its hat to traditional French techniques and illuminates nature’s finest ingredients.

Boulud started making his presence known at the age of 15, and by the time he established Daniel, in 1993, his reputation was solid. Although his management company, The Dinex Group, includes several eateries, Daniel is his distinct signature.

“My dream is to give my guests a dining experience that awakens all the senses,” says Boulud. “At Daniel, I want them to leave the outside world behind and indulge in the fine cuisine, the beauty of the setting and the comfort and personalized service they have come to expect from us.”

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