Eric Ripert is chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin, which
ranks 19 on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The celebrated
restaurant holds three stars from the Michelin Guide, a consistent “29”
food rating, the highest in the city, from the Zagat Guide since 2011, and has upheld
a four-star review from The New York Times for over two decades. It has never dropped
a star throughout five reviews, and is the only restaurant to maintain four stars
for that length of time. In 2011, Ripert unveiled the next chapter in the restaurant’s
history – a significant redesign from Bentel & Bentel that earned Le Bernardin
a James Beard Award for “Best Restaurant Design” in 2012, followed by
a 2013 “Outstanding Restaurateur” award for co-owner Maguy Le Coze.
Additionally, Ripert has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open Blue
by Eric Ripert in Grand Cayman. He is chair of the City Harvest’s Food Council,
a New York-based food rescue organisation, as well as a recipient of the Legion
d’Honneur, France’s highest honour. He is the host of YouTube’s
“On the Table,” which debuted on the RESERVE CHANNEL in 2012. He was
also the host of his own Emmy-award winning PBS TV series “Avec Eric,”
which ran for two successful seasons. Eric is the author of four cookbooks including
“Avec Eric” (2010), “On the Line” (2008), “A Return
to Cooking” (2002) and “Le Bernardin – Four Star Simplicity”
Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José
Andrés is an internationally-recognised culinary innovator, passionate advocate
for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner
of ThinkFoodGroup. Andrés is the force behind renowned dining concepts in
Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. He is Dean of the
Spanish Studies programme at the International Culinary Center and he also teaches
at Harvard and George Washington University. He is the founder of the non-profit
World Central Kitchen. In 2012, Andrés was named one of TIME magazine’s
100 Most Influential.
Chef, author and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for travelling the globe
on his stomach, on his TV show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Somewhat
notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir,
advocate, social critic and pork enthusiast, and recognised for his caustic sense
of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical
about his passions. The “chef-at-large” at New York’s famed Brasserie
Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling “Kitchen Confidential:
Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”, among other celebrated works and has
appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, Bon Appetit,
Gourmet, Vanity Fair and Lucky Peach. “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”,
which he made from 2004 – 2012, was widely popular all over the world, has
won two Emmy Awards, with several other nominations. 2013 saw the premiere of two
new television shows hosted by Bourdain: “The Taste,” a cooking competition
series for ABC with Nigella Lawson, and “Parts Unknown,” a travel docu-series
for CNN, which won two Emmy Awards in 2013 and a Peabody Award in 2014.
Previously, Chef Bellanger was the Fauchon’s Executive Pastry Chef in the
United States; Florian Bellanger headed a team of Twenty Four pastry chefs to create
the finest pastries, special occasion cakes, cookies, unique ice creams and sorbets
for the legendary French epicurean emporium’s Tea Salon and flagship store
in New York City. He has come full circle after serving Fauchon in Paris under the
Command of Famous Executive Pastry Chef Pierre Herme from 1991 to 1994, as well
as Executive Pastry Chef for Fauchon Flagship in Qatar from 1994 to 1996.
Growing up in Paris, Florian knew from an early age that his career would take a culinary path. Not only did he indulge in decadent cakes and pastries as a child, but he often spent his free afternoons in the kitchen, baking them for his family. While a childhood allergy to chocolate did ironically prevent him from relishing such treats for nearly six years, he fortuitously outgrew it and dedicated himself to the art of pastries even more passionately. At the age of fifteen, Florian applied to Paris’s prestigious pastry school, L’Ecole de Paris des Métiers de la Table. Although his application was rejected because he was a year too young to enroll, in 1983 the future chef was accepted and graduated with an emphasis in pastry and a specialty in chocolate and ice cream.
Chef Bellanger is a member of City Harvest’s Food Council and a guest chef at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, New York. He also spends his free time donating to charities such as C-CAP Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, the Wolfgang Puck Charity and the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation.
Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Beverly (Corvelli) and Thomas
Colicchio. He is of Italian descent on both sides. He has been married to filmmaker
Lori Silverbush since 2001. He has three sons.
In July 1994, Colicchio and his partner Danny Meyer opened the Gramercy Tavern in
the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. It was voted Most Popular Restaurant
in New York City by the Zagat Survey in 2003 and 2005. He sold his interest in 2006
and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant. In spring 2001, he opened the first
Craft restaurant one block south of Gramercy Tavern. A year later, he opened the
first Craftsteak at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2003, he began the first 'wichcraft,
his sandwich shop. In 2010, he opened Colicchio & Sons, and also Riverpark.
Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Colicchio joined volunteers serving food
to rescue workers at Ground Zero.
Colicchio won the 2010 Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.
Colicchio has written three cookbooks. He, Jeff Bridges, and Raj Patel appeared
in the documentary film A Place at the Table released in the U.S. on March 1, 2013.
He is also Executive Producer of "A Place At The Table."
Creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and author of The Texas Food Bible, Chef Dean
Fearing is renowned for the “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors,
No Borders” of his award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas.
Since its opening in 2007, Fearing’s has been named “Restaurant of the
Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, as well as
#1 in Hotel Dining in the U.S. by the prestigious Zagat Survey. The restaurant was
nominated by the James Beard Foundation as Best New Restaurant and it is currently
included on top national lists by TheDailyMeal.com, Gayot.com and many other influential
A well-known face on television and in culinary and news media, Dean Fearing has
been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit,
Garden & Gun, The Food Network, Texas Monthly, Guitar Aficionado, Modern Luxury,
and more. He was recently recognized as a “Pioneer of American Cuisine”
by The Culinary Institute of America, and he we also presented with the Silver Spoon
Award for sterling performance by Food Arts. CRN Digital Talk Radio named Fearing
Chef of the Year for 2014, and further top rankings for Fearing and his food have
been published by Southern Living, Forbes, Fox News, Hotels Magazine, Robb Report,
The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News and other leading media outlets.
Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Dean Fearing has
spent his life cooking for people who love good food. After 20-plus years at The
Mansion on Turtle Creek, he opened Fearing's Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
in 2007. A reflection of his personal vision and design, the lively, comfortable
restaurant features seven stylish dining settings, including the most distinctive
alfresco experience in Dallas and a popular interactive display kitchen offering
ringside seating for true foodies.
The son of a Kentucky innkeeper, Fearing grew up with grandmothers who knew all
about food and who appreciated the finer details of Southern cooking and barbecue.
He still uses and treasures their recipes, and they remain one of the most important
inspirations of his culinary life. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America,
he can be spotted in Fearing’s wearing a signature crisp white chef’s
coat with colorful boot embroidery, blue jeans and brightly-hued, custom-tooled
Lucchese cowboy boots. When not in the kitchen, Fearing is often found strumming
his vintage Fender Telecaster guitar, one of an impressive collection of several
dozen collectible guitars, playing songs from the album created by his all-chef
alternative country band, The Barbwires. He is also known to spend his spare time
searching the countryside for Texas culinary inspiration. The state’s rich
variety of peppers, dried chilies, jicama, cilantro, tomatillos, fruits and vegetables,
cheeses, Gulf seafood and Hill Country wild game play a major role in Dean Fearing’s
ever-changing cuisine – and can be savored from afar in his widely acclaimed
Texas Food Bible.
The exuberant, ever-friendly Fearing was winner of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant
Award for “Best Chef in the Southwest,” and diners from across the country
flock to Dallas to experience his signature dishes. Current menu highlights include
flavorful Tortilla Soup, Barbecued Shrimp Tacos, Mopped Rib Eye cooked over Live
Mesquite, Maple-Black Peppercorn-Soaked Buffalo Tenderloin, and Pan-Roasted “BBQ-Spiced”
Filet with Chicken-Fried Maine Lobster, which has been described as a genuine “taste
A major player in the culinary world, Executive Chef Cindy Hutson has been exciting
palettes throughout Miami and the Caribbean since 1994. Cindy’s signature
“Cuisine of the Sun” infuses flavours and fare mastered from her travels
around the globe. Alongside her longtime partner Delius Shirley, Chef Hutson owns
and operates Ortanique on the Mile Coral Gables, Miami and Ortanique Camana Bay,
Grand Cayman. They also design food and beverage concepts for The Dunmore, a Harbour
Island Resort in the Bahamas. Launching Summer 2015, the dynamic duo will be opening
2 new restaurants in the Miami Financial district; Zest and Zest MRKT. Hutson’s
first cookbook, From the Tip of My Tongue, is slated for release early February
2015. Cindy’s creative flavour combinations and her commitment to excellence
have earned Ortanique Chef of the Year Award by Chef’s Magazine, numerous
5 Star Diamond Awards, as well as the prestigious Coral Gables Business Woman of
the Year Award in 2014.
Keller was born in Alsace, France, and graduated from the École Hoteliere
in Strasbourg. Beginning as a pastry chef, he worked in various restaurants including
Auberge de L'Ill, the cruise liner Mermoz, Domaine de Chateauneuf, and Moulin de
Mougins in France, and La Cuisine du Soleil in São Paulo, Brazil. He trained
under Paul Haeberlin, Paul Bocuse, and Roger Vergé before coming to San Francisco
in 1982 to revitalize the now-defunct Sutter 500.
Co-owner and executive chef of the original Fleur de Lys in San Francisco, opened
a gourmet Burger Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada, shortly thereafter he opened a second
Fleur de Lys, at Mandalay Bay. Chef Keller also opened a French influenced steakhouse
in Downtown St. Louis called SLEEK, which is regarded as the best steak house in
St. Louis. He is the author of The Cuisine of Hubert Keller and is the co-author
of Dr. Dean Ornish's Eat More, Weigh Less. Keller was the first guest chef with
Jean-Marc Fullsack to cook a dinner for a president (Clinton) in White House history
and to train the White House chef in healthy cooking with the guidance of Jean-Marc
Chef Ludo Lefebvre is one of the most influential chefs in Los Angeles dining, pioneering
and revolutionizing the culinary industry. After training in France for 12 years
with the great masters, Ludovic—or “Ludo”—Lefebvre came
to Los Angeles to quickly be awarded prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award
at two different restaurants, L’Orangerie in 1999 and 2000 and Bastide in
2006. He then went to challenge the definition of what a restaurant is, by creating
his uber-popular LudoBites concept, a multi-city restaurant tour. Ludo now carries
the flag for "refined" dining in Los Angeles with his restaurant Trois Mec, which
was named by both Esquire and GQ Magazine’s list of Best New Restaurants and
topped the list for both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. Additionally, Trois
Mec earned the top spot on Food & Wine Magazine's Best Restaurant Dishes of
the Year for 2013 and was recently named Best Restaurant in Los Angeles for the
second consecutive year by LA Weekly.
In July 2014 Ludo opened his new "Bar a la carte" concept, Petit Trois, which was
honored as a James Beard Finalist in 2015 for Best New Restaurant. Los Angeles Times’
Jonathan Gold said: “There may be no better plate of escargot in town than
at the new Petit Trois.” LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell simply said, “The
best omelet I have ever had. It is not the only dish at Petit Trois that falls into
this category. Let's see, what else? The best jambon beurre sandwich. The best croque-monsieur.
The best escargot.” Angeleno Magazine’s Lesley Balla called it “Petit
Ludo has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Chefs” by
Relais & Chateaux and was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for a “Rising
Star Chef” Award. He also starred in the ABC hit cooking competition, The
Taste. Ludo is the author of two cookbooks, LudoBites, Recipes and Stories from
the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre and Crave, A Feast of the Five Senses.
Dean Max is the president of DJM restaurants, a company specialized in restaurant
concept development and ongoing management, and has been an established leader in
the culinary world for many years now. He has celebrated the launch of numerous
destination restaurants, starting in 1999 with his flagship, 3030 Ocean restaurant
created in the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He quickly
opened Latitude 41 in the Renaissance Columbus, Ohio and then the Brasserie in Grand
Cayman, AMP 150 in Cleveland, Asador restaurant in the Dallas Renaissance, Parallel
Post restaurant in Trumbull, Connecticut, his namesake restaurant, James Republic,
in Long Beach California, and most recently his the restaurants at Pink Sands Resort
in Harbor Island Bahamas His restaurants are all based around farm to table concepts
and they are deeply involved in grass roots marketing programs that develop them
as destination locations. Max has a laundry list of accomplishments from multiple
James Beard nominations for Best Chef, crowned King of American Seafood in 2010,
wrote an amazing seafood cookbook in 2006 called “A Life by the Sea,”
and holds many restaurant accolades from multiple properties.
Michael Mina is an award-winning chef and restaurateur renowned for his innovative
twists on classic dishes and his focus on balance of flavors. Born in Cairo, Egypt
and raised in Washington State, Michael's love affair with the kitchen started at
an early age. Michael remains committed to carrying on his passion for creating
memorable dining experiences and welcoming guests into his home. He received his
formal training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
James Beard Foundation Awards - Rising Star Chef - 1997, Best Chef - California
2002; Bon Appetit - Best Chef 2005; International Food & Beverage Forum - Restaurateur
of the Year 2005; San Francisco Magazine - Chef of the Year 2005; Richard Melman
Award - 2009; HauteLiving.com - Top Chef in San Francisco 2010; Gayot.com - Restaurateur
of the Year 2011; Food Arts - Silver Spoon Award 2011; His eponymous San Francisco
restaurant is a Michelin-starred destination since opening in October of 2010.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Chefs
A native of France, Eric Branger was appointed Executive Chef of the JW Marriott
Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles in 2009. Branger’s
first began his culinary vocation in France, in Normandy and the French Riviera,
before his career was catapulted in Lyon where he worked under the tutelage of Michelin
three-star chef Paul Bocuse.
In his role as Executive Chef of the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and The
Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, Branger oversees all aspects of hotel dining for both
hotels, including the two signature restaurants, LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon
and WP24 by Wolfgang Puck; The Mixing Room, a cocktail lounge with contemporary
flair; gLAnce Wine Bar, a seasonally driven wine bar; poolside dining, including
ION at the JW Marriott and BLUE at The Ritz-Carlton, as well as room service, catering
and special events.
With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, Executive Chef Yann Chupin is a veteran of the industry with a wide variety of experience in the kitchens of hotels, resorts and restaurants. His experience also includes serving as the private chef for the French Minister of Defense in Paris.
Following his father’s steps in the kitchen, Chef Chupin is a second-generation chef and began his love for the culinary world at the age of 15. His father was a chef in France, but his mother’s cooking was what truly inspired him to love the craft itself. Among his many accreditations and accolades, Chef Chupin was the winner of the Manager of the Year Award by the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association in 2012. He graduated from La Roseray Culinary Institute in Angers, France.
Fabien Gnemmi brings his passion for cuisine and a unique culinary perspective to
his position as Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. In this role, he
oversees the operations for Bleuwater, Great Bay Lounge, Coconut Cove, Sails, banquets,
in-room dining, garde manger, pastry, employee cafeteria and all culinary operations
for the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. Originally from France, Gnemmi
learned to love the art of cookery at a young age and credits his family with cultivating
his culinary talents.
Pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, two-and-a-half years after providing
acclaimed culinary leadership at the resort’s 2009 opening celebration. For
Mangione, the appointment is the culmination of a career in which he has directed
pastry teams for several leading global dining locations within The Ritz-Carlton
A native of California with advanced degrees in baking and pastry arts, Mangione
joins The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain from The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. and
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, where he served as executive pastry chef, directing
pastry operations for multiple restaurants including the award-winning West End
Bistro by Eric Ripert, and leading pastry efforts for more than 22,000 square-feet
of banquet space.
Fourth in his family, and only second in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to earn
the title Maître Cuisinier de France (French Master Chef), Xavier Salomon
is a fifth-generation restaurateur with a passion for food that began at his family’s
kitchen table in Savoie, France. His European tenure includes training under Jo
Rostang at his Michelin three-star restaurant La Bonne Auberge in Antibes, France.
Chef Salomon continued his education at Le Bateau Ivre in Courcheval and graduated
from Thonon les Bains Culinary Academy. In 1991 he joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company as the executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Aspen and in 1996, he moved to
Atlanta as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.
Chef Salomon joined The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in July 2001, where he oversees
all dining experiences at the Northern California resort, including the signature
fine dining restaurant Navio, The Conservatory Lounge, The Library, and 17,000-square-feet
of banquet and wedding suites and ballrooms.
Rainer Zinngrebe has had an illustrious 33-year career full of awards and recognition.
In his current role as Vice President Culinary, Corporate Chef Luxury Brands, he
heads the global culinary innovation, strategy and execution for The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Company, LLC and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. A German national, Rainer has
inspired Ritz-Carlton chefs the world-over not only to achieve excellence - but
to cook with passion, relevance and with the cultural preferences of their guests
in mind. His culinary leadership expertise spans 27 countries including the USA,
Canada, China, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, UK, Egypt and Qatar
Chef Frederic Morineau has served as Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
since 2008, overseeing one of the largest culinary divisions within The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Company worldwide. In his current role, Chef Frederic also heads the Caribbean’s
most prestigious annual culinary event – Cayman Cookout – with Eric Ripert and an
incomparable roster of world-famous chefs. For more than a decade, Chef Frederic
has presided in some of the finest kitchens in Europe and the Caribbean. He joined
The Ritz-Carlton in 1996, working and overseeing culinary divisions in many premium
Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts including those in Buckhead, Atlanta and Sarasota,
to name a few. In 2011, Chef Frederic was invited into the ranks of the elite Maîtres
Cuisiniers de France; presently he is one of two chefs in the Caribbean to have
achieved such distinction. Chef Frederic was honored with the Gold Standard Award
and the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence in 2014, prestigious awards bestowed
to top employees across the brand for exemplifying outstanding performance and demonstrating
Chef Logan oversees all pastry and dessert operations at the Resort. She began her
career on a hotels in Las Vegas, Maui and Great Exuma. She has also worked as pastry
chef at the Valley View Casino and the Grand del Mar Resort. A graduate of the esteemed
Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Melissa brings her strengths in
specialty cakes, baking and pastry applications and chocolate work to Cayman Cookout.
Chef Thomas Seifried oversees the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant,
Blue by Eric Ripert, as Chef de Cuisine. Starting his career in Europe, the Austrian-born
chef has presided and worked in some of the world’s most respected restaurants.
He joined The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in 2013 after serving as Chef de Cuisine
of Sand at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya in China. In his current role, Chef Thomas works
under the guidance of Chef Eric Ripert of New York’s famed Le Bernardin to create
an unforgettable dining experience at Blue by Eric Ripert.
From cooking with family to cooking for royalty, Tony Biggs has a world view of
the culinary scene. He brings this knowledge and experience to the table as director
of culinary arts for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. In this role, he focuses
on expanding the brand's culinary vision and heightening its position in the culinary
community. He also works alongside our sales team and in the Education & Culinary
Center to help customers interpret the use of premium beef on menus and in meat
cases around the globe. Biggs has 35 years of international hospitality management
experience, most recently as executive chef for the royal family in Jordan. A graduate
of the Culinary Institute of America, he also worked at Second Harvest Food Bank
in New Orleans, Casino 5-Star Resorts in the Philippines, Tokyo America Club in
Japan and Hyatt Hotels in the U.S. and Caribbean. Biggs has appeared on Food Network's
"Chopped," the "Late Show with David Letterman" and for nine years on a cooking
show in Savannah, Georgia. He's currently writing a book about his culinary journey,
starting in his hometown of Cohasset, Mass. In his spare time, Biggs enjoys golf,
skiing and cooking at home for his wife, Candy, and their two children.
Maître Cusiniers de France and award-winning chef, Bernard Guillas, joined
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Inc. as Executive Chef in 1994. Guillas is responsible
for directing the resort's three restaurants and all catering operations for the
Club and the Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and the landmark Marine
Room restaurant. For this chef, it is the magic of adding unusual seasoning to titillate
the palate. Born into a family of butchers, bakers, and restauranteurs, Guillas'
Britannic upbringing was influenced by his daily exposure to fine cuisine.
Born in 1961 in Ghent and raised in Bruges, Belgium, Philippe began his culinary
journey at a very early age. By age 14, he enrolled in a preliminary cooking school
and shortly thereafter was accepted at the most renowned hotel institute in Belgium,
Hotel School Ter Duinen. His passion and elite training allowed him to find work
in many countries such as Belgium, the south of France, the UK, Bermuda, West Indies,
U.S. Virgin Islands and the US.
His impressive career includes Merv Griffin’s L’Escoffier in the Beverly
Hilton Hotel, The St. James Club in Antigua and Paris, as well as many top country
clubs throughout the U.S. By 1999, chef Haddad broke away from hotel and resort
work and opened his own Zagat-rated Buckhead hot spot, Philippe’s Bistro and
he is currently the executive chef at F&B Atlanta. Chef Haddad has won a DiRona
and James Beard Award in addition to overseeing two Presidential dinners.
Over the course of his 25 year career, Tuason has worked in New York City as Executive
Sous Chef at the 5 Star Four Seasons Hotel, in the Caribbean at the 5 Star Four
Seasons Resort Nevis and in Hawaii as Executive Chef at the 4 Star Mauna Lani Bay
Hotel. While in Hawaii, Tuason hosted two James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinners with
Chefs Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, Tyler Florence and Ming Tsai. Some of the
highlights of his career include stints at New York City’s Le Cirque, Park
Avenue Café and Sign of the Dove. Additionally, he has worked numerous dinners
at the James Beard House in New York City, and worked with Chefs Daniel Boulud,
David Burke and Andrew D’Amico.
We are excited to see how his dishes will evolve to combine local island flavors
during his time here in the culinary capital of the Caribbean. He has a passion
for food and working collaboratively in his kitchen.
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