Daniel Boulud is Chef-Owner of several award-winning restaurants and the Feast & Fêtes catering company. While he hails from Lyon, France, it is in New York that he has truly mastered the dining scene and is today considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Raised on his family’s farm in the village of St Pierre de Chandieu, the chef remains inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and menus driven by fine ingredients. Since arriving in the US in 1982, Boulud has become renowned for the contemporary appeal he adds to soulful cooking rooted in French tradition.
Daniel Boulud’s New York City restaurants include DANIEL, a Michelin starred Relais & Châteaux member; the elegant one Michelin star Café Boulud with its adjacent Bar Pleiades; the more casual db Bistro Moderne; three adjacent Upper West Side locations including the charcuterie-centric Bar Boulud, a Mediterranean themed restaurant, Boulud Sud, and Épicerie Boulud, an eat-in and take-out market and café; DBGB Kitchen and Bar on the Bowery is the chef’s relaxed downtown restaurant where the French brasserie meets the American Tavern.
Outside of New York, the chef’s cooking is found in London, Singapore, Toronto, Montréal, Miami, Palm Beach, Washington DC, Boston and Las Vegas.
Boulud’s culinary accolades include James Beard Foundation awards for “Outstanding Restaurant,” “Outstanding Restaurateur,” “Best Chef, New York City” and “Outstanding Chef of the Year.” He has been named “Chef of the Year” by the Culinary Institute of America and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by the French government. Restaurant DANIEL has been cited as “one of the ten best restaurants in the world” by the International Herald Tribune, has earned two Michelin stars and Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award.”
Beside supporting many great causes, he is also the co-president of Citymeals on Wheels in New York and chairman of Ment’or BKB, a foundation helping young chefs in America and training the Bocuse d’Or Team USA.
In 1997, having recently completed his studies at the school of hospitality in Strasbourg and interned in such grand houses as Roger Vergé, Michel Guérard and Alain Chapel, Arnaud Lallement returned home to work alongside his father, Jean Pierre Lallement, at the family establishment, a beautiful turn of the century home surrounded by gardens on the outskirts of Reims.
In 2000, he took over full responsibility of the kitchens at L’Assiette Champenoise. Today, Arnaud and his team work exclusively with high quality products, with both great love and a true passion for fine cuisine.
In 2001, at the age of 26, Arnaud was awarded his first Michelin Star. Sadly, his father, the founder of L’Assiette Champenoise, passed away shortly thereafter, at the age of 51.
In 2003, Arnaud wrote his first cookbook “Carnet des Saveurs en Champagne.” That same year, he was the youngest chef chosen by Alain Ducasse for the Fou-Food France, a campaign that allows young provincial chefs to present their expertise at a Parisian table.
In March 2005, L’Assiette Champenoise received its second star in the Michelin guide and Arnaud renovated both the kitchen and dining room of the restaurant.
In 2006, Arnaud was welcomed into the “Grandes Tables Du Monde” organization.
In 2010, Arnaud celebrated 10 years of collaboration with Olivier Krug of Champagne Krug as well as his family’s 35th anniversary at L’Assiette Champenoise. Together, Arnaud and Olivier have established regular champagne pairings for the delight of their clients.
In October 2012 the restaurant received “5 Toques” by the Gault Millau guide.
In February 2013, the 35 rooms and suite hotel, associated with the restaurant, obtained five stars.
In October 2013, Arnaud Lallement was voted “Chef of the Year 2014” by the Gault Millau guide.
In February 2014, the Michelin guide awarded him a third star and Arnaud Lallement entered the exclusive circle of the 27 best restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars.
In September 2014, Arnaud Lallement was elected “Chef of the Year” by the magazine Le Chef.