Charlie Palmer (chef)

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Chef Charlie Palmer

Charlie Palmer (born July 16, 1959) is an award-winning American chef, hospitality entrepreneur, hotelier, and author.[1] He is best known for Aureole,[2] his flagship restaurant in New York City, which earned 13 Michelin stars and two James Beard awards.

Over the course of his multi-decade career, Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French technique. The James Beard Foundation named him “Best Chef in America[3]” in 1997 and welcomed him as a member of their illustrious "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America[3]” in 1998. Chef Palmer’s unwavering support of his alma mater earned him a seat on The Culinary Institute of America’s Board of Trustees[4] where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2013-2016.[1] In recognition of his many achievements and devotion to the culinary arts, the school presented him with an honorary doctorate in April 2018.[1]

His creative cooking spirit and flair for business has built an iconic American food and beverage empire of more than 15 locations spanning the country with more than one million covers per year as well as a growing collection of boutique hotels.[5]


Born and raised in upstate New York and trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Charlie Palmer started his executive chef career at The River Café, Brooklyn’s legendary incubator for the American food movement, where he earned a prestigious three stars from The New York Times and trained a legion of other young cooks who have gone on to become some of America’s leading chefs.

In 1988, Palmer opened his landmark restaurant Aureole in Manhattan where he showcased regional American ingredients. In 1999, Palmer made an early investment in Las Vegas, opening Aureole in the Mandalay Bay Resort as well as his first foray into the modern American steakhouse, Charlie Palmer Steak in The Four Seasons. For this pioneering spirit and culinary trailblazing, he was inducted into the Las Vegas casino community’s “Gaming Hall of Fame.”

Today, the Charlie Palmer Collective encompasses an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutique hotels from coast to coast.[5]


Makr Hospitality[edit]

In 2018 Charlie Palmer co-founded Makr Hospitality, a hotel company that crafts unparalleled culinary-centered places of hospitality that weaves guests into the local fabric of exceptional destinations. Along with Four Seasons veteran Christopher Hunsberger, Makr Hospitality is an elegant merger of the culinary and hospitality worlds. Makr is focused on gathering the best of each location – communities that have a rich culture, an undiscovered character and a culinary point of view. 

Television and Projects[edit]

In 2020, Charlie Palmer launched a video series titled American Artisan where he highlights artisans in Wine Country and beyond.

Charlie Palmer was one of sixteen chefs honored in the 1993 PBS series, Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child and is featured in the cookbook derived from the series.[citation needed]

He is also a guest on NBC's Today Show, Bravo’s Top Chef, and The Rachael Ray Show.

Signature Charity Events[edit]

A 20-year board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels and longtime supporter of Share our Strength, Chef Palmer and his namesake restaurant and hotel properties frequently give back to the community with their signature charity events. A weekend-long food and beverage experience at Hotel Healdsburg, Pigs & Pinot is an annual celebration of award-winning Pinot Noirs, heritage pork, and acclaimed national and local chefs combining their star power and talents to raise more than $1 million for local Sonoma charities and scholarships and Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.[6]

Each August, Charlie Palmer also hosts Project Zin at Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer, Clay Mauritson and local winemakers. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association North Bay.

In a nod to his New York roots, Palmer carries on an original steakhouse tradition, The Beefsteak. The primal, carnivorous, gastronomic adventure features copious amounts of meat. Charlie Palmer emcees along with master of ceremonies, Waldy Malouf with proceeds benefiting The Culinary Institute of America.

Palmer’s annual American Fare celebration is held each November at Archer Hotel Napa. American Fare showcases the very best of American-inspired bites and top Napa Valley Cabernet producers for a taste around style event in the heart of downtown Napa. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Napa Valley

Personal life[edit]

Charlie is father to four sons and husband to Lisa. He splits his time between Sonoma and NYC.



  • 2020 Culinary Institute of America, Leadership Awards: Mentor Honoree - Charlie Palmer
  • 2001-2020 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence - Aureole New York
  • 2015-2020 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence - Charlie Palmer Steak DC
  • 2006-2018 Michelin Guide 1 Star - Aureole New York
  • 2000-2017 Wine Spectator Grand Award - Aureole Las Vegas
  • 2001-2017 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence - Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas
  • 2015-2017 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence - Charlie Palmer Steak New York
  • 2002-2017 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence - Dry Creek Kitchen
  • 2014-2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence - Charlie Palmer Steak Reno
  • 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence - Charlie Palmer at the Knick
  • 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – Harvest Table
  • 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer #3 Hotel in N. California; #1 Hotel in Napa Valley; Top 50 in the world
  • 2011 AGA Gaming Hall of Fame Inductee - Charlie Palmer
  • 2010 AAC Culinary Hall of Fame "Celebrated Chef" - Charlie Palmer
  • 2009-2007 Michelin Guide 1 Star - Aureole Las Vegas
  • 2003 Food Arts "Silver Spoon Award" for outstanding service – Charlie Palmer
  • 1998 James Beard Award – "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America"
  • 1997 James Beard Award – "Best Chef" New York
  • 1997 Restaurant & Institutions IVY Award
  • 1997 Relais & Chateaux, Relais Gourmand - Aureole New York
  • 1997 Robert Mondavi "Culinary Award of Excellence" - Charlie Palmer


In 2003, Palmer built the 55-room Hotel Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California. In April 2006, Palmer announced plans for the Charlie Palmer Hotel, to be constructed in Las Vegas.[8] The start of construction on the project has been delayed several times.[9][10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Palmer, Charlie | Culinary Institute of America". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  2. ^ "Aureole: Past, Present, and Future | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  3. ^ a b "Charlie Palmer | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  4. ^ "View Content". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  5. ^ a b "Charlie Palmer Collective". Charlie Palmer. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  6. ^ "Pigs & Pinot | Beneficiaries". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  7. ^ "Park City Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  8. ^ Smith, Hubble (April 7, 2006). "New condo-hotel proposed: Celebrity chef plans $400 million project". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on April 8, 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Toplikar, Dave (February 4, 2010). "Charlie Palmer Hotel in downtown Las Vegas put on hold for two years". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Toplikar, Dave (March 2, 2011). "Developer: Charlie Palmer hotel planned for downtown Las Vegas still on hold". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Toplikar, Dave (March 7, 2012). "Charlie Palmer committed — but waiting — to build project in Symphony Park". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Shine, Conor (March 6, 2013). "Plans for downtown luxury boutique hotel pushed back a year". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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