25 March 1955 |
Saint-Pierre de Chandieu, France
|Cooking style||French cuisine|
Daniel Boulud (born 25 March 1955 in Saint-Pierre de Chandieu, [France] is a French chef and restaurateur with restaurants in New York City, Palm Beach, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, London, Beijing, and Singapore. He is best known for Daniel, his eponymous, Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York City. The restaurant has also received international recognition, claiming third place in the 2013 in the Elite Traveler and Laurent Perrier Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
While raised on a farm outside of Lyon and trained by renowned French chefs, Boulud made his reputation in New York, first as a chef and most recently a restaurateur. His management company, The Dinex Group, currently includes six restaurants and Feast & Fêtes Catering. His restaurants include Daniel, Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, and Boulud Sud in New York City. He has also created Café Boulud in Palm Beach and the Michelin-star Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas (since closed)
Culinary background 
At fifteen, Boulud earned his first professional recognition: He was a finalist in France's competition for Best Culinary Apprentice. Boulud worked in France with Roger Vergé, Georges Blanc and Michel Guérard and later in Copenhagen before becoming the private chef to the European Commission in Washington, D.C..
Moving to New York City, Boulud opened the Polo Lounge at The Westbury Hotel then Le Régence at the Hotel Plaza Athenée. From 1986 to 1992, he was Executive Chef at Le Cirque. During his tenure, the restaurant became one of the most highly rated in the country.
His restaurants 
Boulud set out on his own and opened his restaurant Daniel, in 1993, in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Daniel relocated the restaurant to a new home in 1998: a Venetian renaissance-inspired setting at Park Avenue and 65th Street—premises, in fact, that had once housed Le Cirque. The original Daniel was re-launched as the Café Boulud.
He opened a more casual restaurant in the theater district of Manhattan in 2001: db Bistro Moderne, and in 2003 a second Café Boulud in Palm Beach, Florida. Daniel Boulud Brasserie opened in 2005 inside the Wynn Las Vegas.
In 2004, Boulud crafted the menus for the brand-new Queen Mary 2.
In January 2008, the Chef opened Bar Boulud, a French bistro located across from Lincoln Center in New York City.
He opened Maison Boulud à Pékin in Beijing China in July 2008.
In December 2008, after the departure of founding chef Rob Feenie and minority owner, Boulud reopened Vancouver restaurants Lumière and Feenie's (renaming the latter "db Bistro Moderne", making it the sister restaurant to db Bistro Moderne in Manhattan) as Chef, Consulting Chef and Co-partner. Boulud and his partners closed those two restaurants on 13 March 2011. He opened DBGB Kitchen & Bar, a Pan-European brasserie, in New York City in 2009.
In June 2009, Boulud stated that he wanted to open his next venture to be in London and that he is currently looking into several options for it.
Daniel Boulud Brasserie closed on 4 July 2010. Wynn chose not to renew the contract between Boulud & The Resort (see Wynn Las Vegas for more). It is rumored that Boulud is looking for another location to open in Las Vegas, possibly in the space that used to be occupied by Charlie Trotter at The Palazzo.
On 9 May 2011, Boulud Sud opened across from Bar Boulud, with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine. Although not a restaurant, Épicerie Boulud opened on the same day as a market/deli.
Not long after opening, restaurant Daniel was rated one of the top ten restaurants in the world by the International Herald Tribune. He was named Chef of the Year by Bon Appétit, and Daniel received Gourmet's Top Table Award, a four-star rating from the New York Times, Wine Spectator's Grand Award, and New York City's top ratings for cuisine, service and decor in the Zagat Survey.
Boulud received the James Beard Award for Best Chef of New York City in 1992 while Executive Chef at Le Cirque. The James Beard Foundation would again recognize Chef Daniel Boulud with “Outstanding Chef of the Year” in 1994 and “Outstanding Restaurateur” in 2006 for restaurant Daniel. In April 2007 he received the Culinary Humanitarian Award at the United Nations from the Adopt-a-Mine Field Foundation. The President of France made Boulud a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in March 2006 in recognition for his contribution to the advancement of French culture.
Daniel, his flagship New York City namesake, was awarded three Michelin stars in the 2010 Michelin, the book's highest rating. In addition, Daniel's New York restaurant was awarded 19 points out of 20 on the restaurant rating system invented by fellow Frenchman André Gayot of GAYOT.com. In January of 2013, Daniel NYC was inducted into Culinary Hall of Fame.
Boulud also hosts "After Hours with Daniel" a behind-closed-doors look at the late night dinners, by chefs and for chefs. The high definition TV series reveals where chefs go to unwind after a night behind the stove and uncovers the far out foods they crave and cook for each other. Boulud recently completed filming the third season of the show, which features restaurants in the New Orleans and Miami culinary scene. The first season was filmed in New York City restaurants and the second, on the West Coast, in Los Angeles restaurants.
Boulud was also featured in the second season finale of the Canadian television program Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag, where his cookbook "Chef Daniel Boulud: Cooking in New York City" was being tested. Boulud appeared as the guest judge along with chefs from his restaurants located in Vancouver: Stephane Istel, executive chef at DB Bistro Moderne & Dale MacKay, executive chef at Lumière. Boulud's cookbook received the "A & K Stamp of Approval" at the end of the episode.
Community involvement 
Daniel Boulud works to support several charities focusing his efforts on hunger relief and culinary education. He has been an active member of the board of directors of Citymeals-on-Wheels, a non-profit organization that provides home-delivered, nutritious meals to frail, homebound elderly in New York City, since 2003 and hosts an annual gala for the charity each spring. On 13 April 2008 Daniel Boulud hosted an intimate Sunday supper to mark the 10th anniversary of Savoring Citymeals—an annual gourmet event he has hosted since 1998.
The Daniel Boulud Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by the chef’s business partner, Joel Smilow, in 2005. The fund serves to provide continuing education enabling promising young American cooks to pursue professional culinary studies in France.
In 2008 Paul Bocuse asked Boulud to establish a structure for the selection of the Bocuse d'Or Team USA, who along with Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse form the Board of Directors of the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation. The first Bocuse d'Or USA competition was held in September 2008.
Legal Issues and settlement 
According to a 2007 article in the New York Times Dining Section, Boulud was sued by current and former workers for discriminatory labor practices at his namesake restaurant in Manhattan. The workers alleged that Boulud denied them promotions at his restaurant Daniel because of their race and ethnicity and retaliated against some who complained about it. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit and there was an investigation by the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York state Attorney General’s office. Boulud settled with the workers, seven current and former employees of Latin American and Bangladeshi descent, for $80,000 and agreed to set up standards and procedures for promotions to be overseen by the EEOC & the state attorney general’s office.
- Cooking with Daniel Boulud (1993)
- Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud Cookbook (1999)
- Daniel Boulud Cooking in New York City (2002)
- Daniel’s Dish, Entertaining at Home with a Four Star Chef (2003)
- Letters to a Young Chef (2003)
- Braise: a Journey Through International Cuisine (2006)
In 2001, Boulud allowed author Leslie Brenner near unlimited access to Daniel the result was the 2002 book The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud's Celebrated New York Restaurant which gives some insight into the workings of the chef and how he operates.
- Mia Stainsby (2011-02-28). "‘Alive for your own funeral’: Doors closing at high-end restaurants Lumiere, db Bistro Moderne". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
-  Chef Daniel Boulud Lumière Vancouver Dinex Group
-  Lumière: The Chef and Restaurant Database (ChefDb)
-  Daniel Boulud: The Chef and Restaurant Database (ChefDb)
- Sharkey, Gemma (June 22, 2009). "Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud set to open restaurant In London". Caterersearch.com.
- Lethlean, John; Wilden, Necia (February 22, 2011). "Has a Kiwi chef has found a way out of Ramsay's Maze?". The Australian. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- Template:The Montreal Gazette
- "The Feed first look: Boulud Sud". http://newyork.timeout.com. TimeOut.
- "George Christy Talks About The Toronto International Film Festival, Ben Affleck, Robert Redford, The Four Seasons Hotels And More!". Beverly Hills Courier.
- Fabricant, Florence (October 7, 2009). "Boulud Joins Michelin Pantheon". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- The Irresistible Ascent of Daniel published by GAYOT.com
- Culinary Hall of Fame Induction
- Great Chefs Television[dead link]
- Annaandkristina.com article on "Chef Daniel Boulud: Cooking in New York City" episode of Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag. Retrieved on July 1, 2011
- Top Chef Canada recap, episode 3: the Boulud touch Retrieved on April 8, 2013
- Lucchesi, Paolo, Eater.com (29 May 2008). Now Is the Time for All Good Chefs to Come to the Aid of Their Country: Daniel Boulud
- Reuters.com (September 28, 2008). Bocuse d'Or USA Announces Winner
- Kim Severson & Adam Ellick. "Top Chef’s Kitchen Is Far Too Hot, Some Workers Say". The New York Times. January 17, 2007. <http://www.nytimes.com>
- "Manhattan Restaurant to Settle EEOC National Origin Bias Suit". U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission New York District Office Press Release 31 July 2007. <http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/dining/PR_DanieFINAL73107.pdf>
- Adam Ellick. "Boulud Settling Suit Alleging Bias at a French Restaurant". The New York Times. July 31, 2007. <http://www.nytimes.com>
Further reading 
- FEAST & FETES covered in New York Parties - Private Views by Jamee Gregory - Nov 2010
- Daniel Boulud's Official Website
- Superstar New York Chef Joins Vancouver's Lumiere
- MOJO HD and "After Hours with Daniel"
- James Beard Foundation's Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America
- Savoring Citymeals: A Casual Sunday Supper with Daniel
- LX.TV Video Interview
- Interview with Chef Boulud and Video of Restaurant
- EEOC Press Release Regarding Restaurant Daniel July 31, 2007
- New York Times Daniel Boulud EEOC settlement article
- New York Times Article on EEOC findings Aug. 1, 2007