World chefs: Top 10 celebrity chef-owned restaurants in U.S.

Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:18am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Chefs have become household names in recent years, helped by running their own TV shows or sharing their cooking tips with fans in glossy cookbooks.

Travel website TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the top 10 celebrity chef-owned restaurants in the United States to help travelers who want a few celebrity stars with their meals.

"With the growing interest in celebrity chefs, it's no surprise that some travelers carefully seek out top restaurants while traveling," Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

"Though New York City and Las Vegas are currently the most popular cities for celebrity chef-owned restaurants, we're seeing famous foodies continue to expand their brands across the United States."

The list, compiled on the advice of TripAdviors editors and travelers, is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Per Se, New York City -- Chef Thomas Keller

Inspired by Keller's popular restaurant, French Laundry, in Yountville, California, Per Se serves up a taste of Napa in New York City. Travelers rave about the superior level of service, warm atmosphere and sublime cuisine found in the nine-course tasting menus that are created daily.

2. Daniel, New York City -- Chef Daniel Boulud

Critically acclaimed for his seasonally-inspired contemporary French cuisine, Boulud's restaurant Daniel offers patrons an innovative Upper East Side dining experience. Travelers cite the restaurant's glamorous decor, brilliantly constructed food pairings and thoughtful extra touches like amuse-bouches and fresh madeleines.   Continued...

<p>Attendees of the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala sample foods in the kitchen of the Per Se restaurant in New York in this November 6, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Nicholas Roberts</p>