8.26.2008

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.

Spotted any famous chefs in DC?

Photo courtesy Dante Ristorante

6 comments:

Mike said...

Keller also ate at Restaurant Eve during that July trip. My wife and I had reservations at PX the following night, and the staff was buzzing about the possibility he might come by late.

Sadly, he didn't make it to PX that we know of - but his potential visit encouraged us to stay for an extra round of drinks, so we still left pretty happy, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Ate next to Giada de Laurentis (does she count?) at Central about a year ago.

Anonymous said...

i [heart] giada

Chris said...

Mmm, Giada. She's gorgeous and I've enjoyed her shows that I have seen, as well. Her cooking often reminds me of my grandmother's.

I'll have to hit up a few of these places. Vermillion is a long-time favorite of mine since before I was a permanent resident of the area. Eamonn's is near work, but it's a heavy meal. I have been itching to try out the PX, but somehow I've procrastinated.

ikobi said...

I saw Giada shopping (with a film crew) at the Dupont Farmers Market.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I were enjoying a meal at our favorite sushi joint, Kaz Sushi Bisto about a year ago when none other than Michel Richard strolled in and sat at the bar right in front of Kaz himself. I know that's a little DC-centric, but still cool.