It always feels the best to enjoy a meal when it is platted by one of the top chefs in the US. However, the truth is that there are so many excellent chefs throughout the continent that I often get confused about who to check out. Currently, Thomas Keller and Eric Ripert are some cooking legends, and you must not miss out on their skills.
In this article, I shall reveal five of the best chefs in the US that people from the continent known for their culinary expertise and achievements. So, without further ado, let’s get to the list.
List of Top Five Chefs in the US
One of the most important decisions you can make when planning an event is choosing the right caterer. The caterer will be responsible for providing delicious food that meets your guests’ expectations. With so many catering companies to choose from, how do you know which one is the best? Here are the top five chefs in the United States, according to Catering Magazine.
Thomas Keller- Achiever of Three Star Michelin Guide Rating Two Times
Thomas Keller earned the Best Chef in America in 1997. Born on October 14, 1955, the man established many restaurants. He also wrote many cookbooks.
You can call him the best chef in the US because of his seven Michelin Stars. In addition, he earned respect and favors from many famous individuals, and the Yearly Restaurant Magazine has continuously put his restaurant in the top place for a long time.
His notable restaurant is the French Laundry, which won many James Beard Foundation awards.
Restaurants of Note-
Thomas Keller has seven total Michelin stars for his achievements. His first earned three-star Michelin Guide rating was on his restaurant, Per Se. It was in 2005. The following year, Keller won another three-star rating on the Bay Area restaurant- French Laundry. The last star was given to his French Bistro in Napa Valley, Bouchon, in 2007.
Achievements and Awards-
Aside from the Best Chef in the US award, Thomas Keller also won the Best California Chef award in 1996. Additionally, he won-
- Chef of the Year in Bon Appetit Magazine in 1998.
- Favorite Restaurant in Restaurant Experts’ Poll in the Food & Wine Magazine in 2000.
- America’s Best Chef in the TIME Magazine.
- Best New Restaurant on Per Se by James Beard Foundation in 2005 and Outstanding Restaurant on French Laundry in 2006.
Mario Batali- Owner of Many Top Tier Italian Restaurants
Mario Francesco Batali, also popularly known as Molto Mario, is one of the best chefs in the entire continent of America. His Italian restaurants are some favorite places of foodies and critics alike. In addition, Mario wrote cookbooks and showed his cooking expertise through his own recipes and delicacies.
His Italian restaurants hold both regional and local types. I loved his show appearances, such as Iron Chef America or Molto Mario. Although his personal life is not going well because of some allegations, I shan’t talk about that here.
Restaurants and TV Shows-
Mario Batali has several Italian restaurants in Los Angles, Connecticut, Las Vegas, New York City, and even Singapore. He processed his learning in Le Cordon Bleu but later dropped out. Some of his notable restaurants are Babbo, Lupa, and L’Artusi.
His popular Tv shows are Molto Mario, Mediterranean Mario, and Mario Eats Italy.
Achievements of Mario Batali-
- Babbo is one of the most famous restaurants of Batali, and James Beard Foundation gave it the ‘Best New Restaurant of 1998’ award.
- Moreover, he won the Man of the Year award in 1999 in the chef category of GQ.
- In 2004, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca got three stars from The New York Times.
- Batali also got one star from Michelin Guide on his Babbo restaurant (2008).
William Bradley- Executive Chef of Addison
William Bradley achieved some of the top positions in his career as a chef. His journey began in Bonia, which is an Italian Restaurant. Later, he was fortunate enough to get the guidance of Chef James Boyce.
His original work began as a Sous-culinary expert in the restaurants in Phoenician Resort. He also became the executive food expert at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale and the Executive Chef of Addison. Another position he had in his career in 2013 was the Council Member of the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation.
Restaurants of Bradley-
As mentioned earlier, one of the most well-known restaurants of Bradley is Addison. This restaurant opened in 2006 and won two Michelin stars. I advise not missing out on the Shrimp and Grits there.
- William Bradley was a semifinalist in the James Foundation Award in 2012.
- The Arizona Republic nominated him as the Rising Star Chef of 2006.
- He was also the champion of the Los Angeles-San Diego Rising Stars by StarChefs.com in 2010.
While I couldn’t find any cookbook by Bradley himself, he once mentioned that the Grand Livre de Cuisine by Alain Ducasse is one of his favorites.
Gary Danko- Expert in Culinary Flavors and Customs Worldwide
I honestly find Gary Danko as a Culinary experimenter since he is often seen joining the culinary trends of different parts of the world to bring unique flavors. Whether it is Indian, French, Mediterranean, East Asian, or his local American cooking style, he excels at it.
You will be awed to see how he makes the dishes decorative and rich in flavor and nutrition. But, of course, he had to go through years of effort and practice to reach that level.
Restaurants Owned by Gary Danko-
One of the most popular eateries by Gary Danko is the Restaurant Gary Denko in San Francisco, CA. This restaurant got many awards. One of them is the Grand Award by Wine Spectator, which it is winning consecutively since 2001.
Achievements and Awards-
Gary Danko was nominated as the Best Chef in California by James Beard Foundation in 1995 and received the Best New Restaurant award in 2000.
He won one Michelin star in 2007.
Unfortunately, I didn’t come across any cookbook by Gary Danko himself. However, the San Francisco Entertains by Liza Gershman contains many recipes from Gary Danko restaurant.
Paula Ann Hiers Deen- Author of Many Cookbooks and Host of Many Cooking Shows
People always get that feeling of home cooking whenever they visit the Lady and Sons by Paula Deen restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. I found many cookbooks by her that helped me immensely in my own career as a chef. Apparently, Deen has authored fifteen cookbooks so far and also hosted TV shows.
Paula Deen owns the restaurant The Lady and Sons, which opened in 1996. Her sons, Bobby and Jamie Deen run it with her.
Additionally, she co-owned Paula Deen’s Creek House in Savannah, Georgia, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and two eateries in Nashville and Panama City Beach.
Deen’s The Lady and Sons were titled the Global Meal of the Year in 1999 by USA Today.
- Guest Judge in MasterChef in 2012-2013.
- Host of Paula’s Party in 2006-2008.
- Host of Paula’s Home Cooking from 2002 to 2012.
It is a divine feeling when you can feast on the dishes that the best chefs in the USA are famous for. So I tried introducing these five chefs above to make your list of restaurant visits and collect their amazing cookbooks.