Famous American Restaurateurs

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Colonel Sanders
(Founder of the Fast Food Chicken Restaurant ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ (KFC))
Colonel Sanders
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Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henryville, Indiana, United States
Died: December 16, 1980

Colonel Sanders is the man who revolutionized the American fast food industry by founding the restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Establishing a style trademark by wearing a white suit and black string tie, Sanders went on to become a symbol of the KFC brand. Such is the popularity of the brand, the symbol is recognized all over the world.

 2 
David Chang
(American Restaurateur and Founder of the Momofuku Restaurant Group)
David Chang
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Birthdate: August 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlington County, Virginia, United States

David Chang revolutionized the culinary world with his brand Momofuku, which owns several noodle bars across the world, including a 2-Michelin-star restaurant. He has produced the Netflix shows Ugly Delicious and Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Several issues of his food magazine Lucky Peach have been NYT bestsellers.

 3 
Wolfgang Puck
(Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Wolfgang Puck
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Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian-American restaurateur. In 1973, Puck moved to the US and opened a restaurant named Spago in 1982. He then established himself as a respected restaurateur by opening several other restaurants. In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Also an actor, Puck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 4 
Kimbal Musk
(The Founder of 'The Kitchen Restaurant Group' and Co-Founder of 'Big Green' a 501 non profit organization)
Kimbal Musk
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Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Kimbal Musk, the younger brother of business tycoon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, owns the community restaurant chain known as The Kitchen Restaurant Group. He also co-founded the non-profit Big Green, which builds outdoor classrooms, and Square Roots, which specializes in urban farming. He is also a prime Tesla shareholder.
 5 
Joe Bastianich
(Restaurateur & Winemaker Who Co-owns 30 Restaurants in Four Countries)
Joe Bastianich
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Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich co-owns 30 restaurants across four countries, with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. His ventures include the Michelin-star-rated Babbo and the Pizzeria brand of eateries in Los Angeles. He has been a judge on the MasterChef franchise and has also authored several cookbooks and a bestselling autobiography.
 6 
John Schnatter
(Founder of 'Papa John's' Pizza Restaurant Chain)
John Schnatter
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Birthdate: November 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States

Entrepreneur John H. Schnatter, also known as Papa John, established Papa John's Pizza in the 1980s, using the money he got after selling his car. He resigned as the CEO of his company in 2018, following a controversy regarding his comments about protests by NFL players.

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Jon Taffer
(Entrepreneur)
Jon Taffer
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Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
Rick Bayless
(American Chef and Restaurateur)
Rick Bayless
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Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
 9 
Guy Fieri
(American Restaurateur and Host of Several 'Food Network' Television Shows)
Guy Fieri
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Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Primarily a restaurateur, Guy Fieri is a testimony to the fact that any professional can become famous if they are passionate enough in doing what they do best. From being a restaurateur, he went on to become a TV personality, hosting shows for Food Network channel. By mid-2010, he had become the face of the network.

 10 
Dave Thomas
(Founder and CEO of Wendy's)
Dave Thomas
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Birthdate: July 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 8, 2002
 11 
Ming Tsai
(American Chef, Restaurateur, and Television Personality)
Ming Tsai
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Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Grant Achatz
(American Chef and Restaurateur Known for His Contributions to Molecular Gastronomy or Progressive Cuisine)
Grant Achatz
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Birthdate: April 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Clair, Michigan, United States
 13 
Thomas Keller
(American Chef & Restaurateur)
Thomas Keller
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Birthdate: October 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, United States
 14 
Paul Prudhomme
(American Celebrity Chef)
Paul Prudhomme
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Birthdate: July 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Opelousas, Louisiana, United States
Died: October 8, 2015
 15 
Howard Schultz
(Businessman, CEO of ‘Starbucks’ and Co-Owner of 'Seattle SuperSonics' Basketball Team )
Howard Schultz
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Birthdate: July 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Businessman Howard Schultz has served as the chairman and CEO of the Starbucks Coffee Company and as the owner of the basketball team Seattle SuperSonics. He has written several books on business, including the NYT bestseller From the Ground Up. He has also launched the Schultz Family Foundation.
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Bill Rancic
(Writer, Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Author, Restaurateur)
Bill Rancic
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Birthdate: May 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 17 
Tom Colicchio
(Chef)
Tom Colicchio
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Birthdate: August 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 18 
Richard Blais
(American Chef, Television Personality, Restaurateur, and Author)
Richard Blais
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Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uniondale, New York, United States
 19 
Jimmy John Liautaud
(Founder of Jimmy John's Sandwich Chain.)
Jimmy John Liautaud
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Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
 20 
Frederick Trump
(Businessman)
Frederick Trump
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Birthdate: March 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kallstadt, Germany
Died: May 30, 1918
 21 
Mario Batali
(American Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Mario Batali
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Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

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Oliver Peck
(American Tattoo Artist, Restaurateur and Reality TV Personality Known for His TV Show ‘Ink Master’)
Oliver Peck
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Birthdate: July 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 23 
Emeril Lagasse
(Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur Known for His Show 'Essence of Emeril' on The Food Network)
Emeril Lagasse
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Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagassé is known for his signature New New Orleans style of cooking and his catchphrases such as “Bam!” He owns several restaurants, has written many cookbooks, owns a non-profit for underprivileged children, and has also hosted Food Network shows such as Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live.
 24 
Michael Voltaggio
(American Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author)
Michael Voltaggio
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Birthdate: September 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
 25 
Charlie Trotter
(American Chef and Restaurateur)
Charlie Trotter
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Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States
Died: November 5, 2013
 26 
Alice Waters
(American Chef, Restaurateur, and Author)
Alice Waters
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Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham, New Jersey, United States
 27 
Fred DeLuca
(Businessman)
Fred DeLuca
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Birthdate: October 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 14, 2015
 28 
Scott Conant
(American Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author)
Scott Conant
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Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
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Jon Paul Steuer
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Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Escondido, California, United States
Died: January 1, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Rocky Aoki
(Restaurateur Who Founded the Popular Japanese Cuisine Restaurant Chain 'Benihana')
Rocky Aoki
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Birthdate: October 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 10, 2008
 31 
Andrew Zimmern
(American Chef, Restaurateur, Television and Radio Personality)
Andrew Zimmern
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Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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S. Truett Cathy
(Business Person)
S. Truett Cathy
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Birthdate: March 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, US
Died: September 8, 2014
 33 
Antonia Lofaso
(Chef)
Antonia Lofaso
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Birthdate: November 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 34 
Dan Barber
(Chef)
Dan Barber
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Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 35 
Marcus Samuelsson
(Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Marcus Samuelsson
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Birthdate: January 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Swedish chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson currently works as the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York. Fascinated by his grandmother’s cooking, he studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg to learn the nuances of food preparation. In the ensuing years, he gained recognition as a world-class chef. He is also an award-winning cookbook author.

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Junior Bridgeman
(Basketball player, Businesspeople)
Junior Bridgeman
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Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 37 
J. Willard Marriott
(Founder of the 'Marriott International, Inc')
J. Willard Marriott
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Birthdate: September 17, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, United States
Died: August 13, 1985

Born in Utah, Marriott founder J. Willard Marriott grew up helping his parents on their family farm. The hotel tycoon began his career selling root beer and gradually launched a restaurant chain. The first Marriott hotel was basically a motel and eventually grew into a US$4.5 billion empire.

 38 
Tom Monaghan
(Businessperson)
Tom Monaghan
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Birthdate: March 25, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
 39 
Glen Bell
(Entrepreneur)
Glen Bell
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Birthdate: September 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States
Died: January 16, 2010
 40 
Fatima Ali
(Chef, Restaurateur)
Fatima Ali
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Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: January 25, 2019
 41 
Maneet Chauhan
(Indian American Chef and Television Personality)
Maneet Chauhan
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Birthdate: October 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludhiana Ludhiana, Punjab, India
 42 
Billy Mitchell
(Restaurateur)
Billy Mitchell
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Birthdate: July 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
 43 
Anna Olson
(American Pastry Chef )
Anna Olson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
 44 
Will Guidara
(Restaurateur)
Will Guidara
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Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sleepy Hollow, New York, United States
 45 
Steve Ells
(Business person)
Steve Ells
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Birthdate: September 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
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Bryan Voltaggio
(American Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, and Author)
Bryan Voltaggio
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Birthdate: April 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
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Rocco DiSpirito
(Chef and Reality television personality known for starring in the program The Restaurant)
Rocco DiSpirito
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Birthdate: November 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 48 
Jet Tila
(Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur)
Jet Tila
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Birthdate: February 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 49 
Leah Chase
(Chef)
Leah Chase
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Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 1, 2019
 50 
B. Smith
(Restaurateur, Model)
B. Smith
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Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Everson, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 2020