Where Celeb Chefs Dine In DC

When chef Haidar Karoum found out Alain Ducasse would be dining at his restaurant Proof a few weeks ago — only three hours before the superstar French chef arrived — he ran home to get his favorite Ducasse cookbook, "Grande Livre de Cuisine," in hopes of snagging an autograph.

He told Ducasse, who will open Adour in the St. Regis in September, that meeting him was like meeting Pelé.

For chefs and restaurant owners, having culinary legends pop in for dinner can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Here's a look at where some of the world's most famous chefs have dined recently in DC:

• Thomas Keller dined at Vermilion during a July visit. He also checked in on his former French Laundry chef de cuisine Eric Ziebold at CityZen recently.

• Emeril Lagasse stopped in 2941 earlier this summer. And in mid-August, he hit Dante Ristorante in Great Falls. Dante chef and owner Giuseppe Di Benigno, far right, posed for a photo with the new host of "Emeril Green."

• Though it wasn't on his own time, Anthony Bourdain dug into a chip butty — a fry sandwich with Irish butter — at Eamonn's during the July filming of his hit Travel Channel show "No Reservations." He followed with a Negroni at PX.

• Eric Ripert hung out at Hudson, while opening Westend Bistro up the street last fall.

• Mario Batali hit the patio at Zaytinya last summer with Marisa Tomei.

• The minibar at Café Atlantico has drawn a number of big names over the years, including Jamie Oliver, Ming Tsai, Batali, Keller, Bourdain (during "No Reservations" filming) and Spanish superstar Ferran Adrià.

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Photo courtesy Dante Ristorante