Daniel Boulud, a native of Lyon, France, is considered one of America's leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York, his home since 1982. Best known for his eponymous, exquisitely refined DANIEL on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he has continually evolved his cuisine and expanded across the United States, as well as Canada, The Bahamas, Singapore and Dubai. Boulud is also the recipient of numerous honors, including James Beard Awards for “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur.”
Before opening his flagship, DANIEL, on East 76th street (the former location of Café Boulud), Chef Boulud made his name at New York City’s Polo Club and as the Executive Chef of Le Cirque. In his early years as a chef, he worked under such lauded figures as George Blanc, Michel Guérard and Roger Vergé. Since launching his own restaurant empire, Chef Boulud has sought to continue that legacy of culinary mentorship through the establishment of his own charity – the Ment’or BKB Foundation – which supports both the efforts of the Bocuse d’Or team USA, as well as international apprenticeship opportunities for talented young chefs. Boulud is also a generous supporter and Co-President of Citymeals-on-Wheels, helping to provide nutritious meals to elderly homebound New Yorkers for more than two decades.