A native of Lyon, France, Daniel Boulud is one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered French chefs in New York City, his home since 1982. With 13 restaurants around the world, three gourmet épiceries, and nine cookbooks to his name, 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 current 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.