John Doherty (chef)

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John Doherty (born circa 1958[1]) is a prominent chef, who served as the executive chef of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City for 23 years, leaving in 2009.[2] He had served at the Waldorf for an entirety of 30 years,[2] and became executive chef of the Waldorf in 1985 at the age of 27, the youngest person ever to be named to the position.[1] He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, where he was voted "most likely to succeed".[1]

Doherty joined Brady Risk Management after parting ways with the Waldorf, and has been a feature chef on the PBS show At The Chef's Table.[3]

Doherty has offered his services to several food-based companies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul.[4] He has also cooked for more presidents and world leaders than any other chef in history.[4][1]

In 2015, he opened Black Barn Restaurant on East 26th Street in Manhattan. It is his first solo restaurant.[5]

He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Johnson & Wales, an honorary master's degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a Leadership award from Niagara University as well as Food Arts Magazines' Silver Spoon Award.


  1. ^ a b c d "John Doherty". 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  2. ^ a b Fabricant, Florence (February 4, 2009). "Waldorf Chef Leaves After 30 Years". New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Renowned Chef, John Doherty Joins Brady Risk Management". Brady Risk Management. Retrieved May 9, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ a b "A Delicious New Chapter For Chicken Soup For The Soul".
  5. ^ Tauer, Kristen (September 14, 2015). "Chef John Doherty Opens Doors to Black Barn Restaurant". WWD. Retrieved 18 February 2019.