From celebrity chefs to pop singers, famous faces are often connected with the restaurant world. You’ll be surprised how many celebrities own their own restaurants! If you have a hankering for some good grub and possible celebrity sightings, visit one of these delicious restaurants on your next vacation.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver became famous on TV, but his restaurant is famous for the food. Oliver creates culinary masterpieces at Fifteen in London. The food at Fifteen has a Mediterranean flair, and it caters to tourists, locals, and celebrities. Fifteen is dedicated to serving seasonal, local food and to training up-and-coming chefs. Although a meal here is affordable for the average middle-classers (dinners run around $30 per person), the wait list is rather lengthy!
The Girl and the Goat
Like many contemporary celebrity chefs, Stephanie Izard earned her claim to fame on TV’s Top Chef. The title of season winner was well earned, as anyone can see (make that “taste”) when they visit her Chicago restaurant. While The Girl and the Goat serves a variety of dishes from sweet potatoes to fish plates, the establishment’s iconic meat is, of course, goat. You can get goat meat served in almost any way! If you want to eat here, you’ll have to reserve your place far in advance.
Chef Daniel Boulud’s name is so recognizable in New York City that his famous restaurant carries his first name. Restaurant Daniel is one of America’s finest French establishments, and it is extremely sought after for intimate dinners, events, and catering. The huge kitchen that serves this restaurant employs about 40 cooks, who create incredible dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients. The food here is very expensive, but visitors testify that it’s worth every penny. If you can handle the bill, the entire restaurant can be booked any day of the week.
One of Canada’s most famous chefs owns and cooks at One, a downtown Toronto eatery that serves all-day fare for hungry Canadians. Mark McEwan of the Chopped Canada judging panel is more than qualified to critique other peoples’ food– a fact that is evident with the first bite of French toast or steak. Lunch and dinner at One include multiple courses, and you can’t miss the dessert and cheese selection or wine pairings.
Not all celebrity-owned restaurants belong to top chefs, and not all of them are high-end, fine-dining venues. In New Jersey, Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, run two Community Restaurants under the JBJ Soul Kitchen name. But that doesn’t mean bland and boring food. The restaurants offer three course meals focused on healthy, tasty, farm-to-table dining. Guest chefs make volunteer appearances regularly.
These restaurants are special for a few other reasons, too. First, they serve both paying customers and those in need in the same way, at the same time. They also obtain all their ingredients locally. Their staff is volunteer, and the free soup kitchen is funded by the paying diners. Now, that is delightfully and refreshingly unusual.
Le Gavroche Restaurant
This famous London restaurant is a family affair. The first award-winning chef to run Le Gavroche was Albert Roux; later, his son, celebrity chef Michel Roux, took over the family business. The French cuisine that comes out of this kitchen has transformed the French food scene in London, catapulting it to never-before-seen heights of culinary excellence. If you’re planning to visit London anytime soon, put yourself on the reservation list for this Michelin two star restaurant as soon as possible. This is one celebrity chef you don’t want to miss out on.
If your name is “Wahlberg,” can you pass up starting a punny restaurant after your name? Brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg couldn’t resist. The Boston-based burger joint Wahlburgers is more than just a great name, however. This restaurant serves something to please everyone in the family: burgers, salads, kid food, and even meals designed for the pickiest of eaters. There are currently locations in seven states and Canada, with plans to open 100-150 more locations. Mark Wahlberg hopes to pass this family business down to his kids.
BLACK Bar and Grill
If you don’t mind dropping a neat $150 on a dinner for two, BLACK is the place to go. Located in The Star, Sydney’s high end casino and entertainment complex, this American-inspired grill is one of the top fine restaurants in Sydney, and diners say that the price is more than worth the experience and the tastes at BLACK Bar and Grill. Delicious dishes such as lobster, oysters, and the chocolate dome dessert are accentuated by waterfront dining on Sydney Harbor. What else would you expect from a restaurant owned by Chef Teage Ezard?
Nobu Fifty-Seven is named after the popular Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, but the celebrity face behind the restaurant is owner Robert Deniro. The fame of this restaurant has allowed it to open dozens of branches all over the world, although the most popular one is still located in New York City. Japanese seafood favorites characterize the menu of Nobu. If you plan on being in Japan, the Tokyo location offers cooking classes.
Dubai is known for doing all things above and beyond. The food scene is no exception! Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey’s protégé, Chef Darren Velvick, creates dishes worth remembering in the Hilton Dubai Creek. This place is a pricey as you might expect from a fine restaurant in Dubai, but it delivers excellence for every palate. Try the meat and cheese plate for a variety of delicious morsels.
Believe it or not, even Lady Gaga has established herself in the restaurant scene. The star performer is co-owner of this classy New York City restaurant, and it even has a wine collection named after her. Is the food any good? According to its many fans, the Italian dishes served at Joanne Trattoria are to die for.
Want to sample the talents of celebrity chefs you’ve seen on TV? Looking for a memorable experience in some of the most amazing cities in the world? (Ok, Tom’s River, New Jersey may not qualify as an amazing tourist destination, but the Soul Kitchen is an awesome opportunity to give back while enjoying some great food!) Visit these celebrity owned restaurants to see why they’re world famous.