Daniel is one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, whose Dinex Group spans across three continents, with restaurants across the USA, Canada, Singapore and London, where he opened Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2010.
After growing up in France, where he worked with some of the country’s most prominent chefs, including the late Roger Vergé, Georges Blanc and Michel Guérard, Daniel moved to the USA in 1982, where he became the private chef to the European Commission in Washington DC.
A move to New York, saw him hold positions at some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, including executive chef at Le Cirque, before branching out on his own in 1993 to open Daniel, his flagship restaurant that would go on to win three Michelin stars. From here, is empire grew at a pace: he gradually opened more casual restaurants around New York and the USA, before expanding internationally.
The author of nine cookbooks and the recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation awards as well as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government and the Chef of the Year award from the Culinary Institute of America, Daniel Boulud was honoured with his award at the Cateys, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, this evening (Tuesday 7 July).
Other winners on the night included Sat Bains, chef proprietor of the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms in Nottingham, who won the Chef Catey this year; legendary chef Nico Ladenis, who received the Lifetime Achievement award; Karam, Jyotin and Sue Sethi of JKS Restaurants, who run the Michelin-starred Indian restaurants Trsihna and Gymkhana; and former Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, who got the Newcomer award for his first solo restaurant House of Tides.
You can see the full list of award winners from this year’s Cateys at The Caterer.