Though Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most famous chefs, his skills extend far beyond the kitchen. A savvy businessman and restaurateur, Jean-Georges is responsible for the operation and success of over 62 restaurants worldwide.
Jean-Georges' earliest memories are of food. Born and raised in Alsace, France, he began training in a work-study program at Auberge de l'Ill as an apprentice to Chef Paul Haeberlin, then went on to work under Paul Bocuse and Master Chef Louis Outhier at L'Oasis in southern France. With this impressive three-star Michelin background, Jean-Georges traveled to Asia to continue his training. It was during this time spent working and traveling throughout Asia that Jean-Georges developed his love for the exotic and aromatic flavors of the East. His culinary vision has redefined industry standards and revolutionized the way we eat.
Jean-Georges is involved in every aspect of his restaurants – concept, menu, design, staff selection and trainings – in an ongoing effort to create restaurants that are both timely and enduring. Inspired by his travels, Jean-Georges is constantly developing fresh concepts and evolving as a chef and restaurateur, both adapting to and impacting the global culinary landscape. Yet, after years of success, Jean-Georges’ favorite retreat is still the kitchen, and his favorite meals dished from a street cart in Thailand.
Jean-Georges has published several cookbooks reflecting his influential style of cooking and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Top Chef, NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, to name a few.
Jean-Georges has recently added the Tin Building to his empire of New York restaurants, which will join favorites such as Jean-Georges, JoJo, abc Kitchen and The Fulton. He anticipates several other exciting openings across the globe in the near future.