List of famous restaurateurs with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Restaurateurs are the individuals who own and operate restaurants professionally. Restaurants are the business establishments where meals and refreshments are prepared and served to customers. The attractiveness of running a restaurant lies in the wide variety of opportunities it offers. There are many types of restaurants—they may specialize in a single offering or serve multi-cuisine, they may have seating arrangements for customers or strictly provide takeouts, they may be budget eateries or posh restaurants. Many enterprising individuals enter into this business as they can open a setup with features those are most suitable to them. Operating a successful restaurant is a challenging job. The restaurateur is responsible for the smooth functioning of the restaurant and has to ensure the satisfaction of customers. They have to appoint and train the chefs and waiters, hire interior designers to design the décor, manage the financial and accounting aspects, and ensure food quality and adherence to food storage standards. Since restaurants directly serve customers, it is vital to ensure that the waiting staff provides optimum customer service. Restaurateurs operating small restaurants also have to perform promotional and marketing duties. Read on to know about the life and works of various famous restaurateurs from all over the world through their biographies and timelines.

Guy Fieri Guy Fieri
American

Kim Seok-jin Kim Seok-jin
South Korean

Ray Kroc Ray Kroc
American

Bobby Flay Bobby Flay
American

Kimbal Musk Kimbal Musk
American, South African

Debi Mazar Debi Mazar
American

David Chang David Chang
American

Nancy Kwan Nancy Kwan
Hong Konger, American
Uwe Boll Uwe Boll
German

Ettore Boiardi Ettore Boiardi
Italian, American

George Crum George Crum
American

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas
American
Angelo Georgalli Angelo Georgalli
New Zealander
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Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
American

Jared FogleJared Fogle
American

Nate RobinsonNate Robinson
American

Joran van der SlootJoran van der Sloot
Dutch
Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian
American

Dick ClarkDick Clark
American

Alan Hale Jr.Alan Hale Jr.
American

Mario BataliMario Batali
American

Michael SymonMichael Symon
American
Paula DeenPaula Deen
American

Jon TafferJon Taffer
American
Eddie HuangEddie Huang
American

Jim RossJim Ross
American

Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic
Italian, American
Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
Italian, American

Tom ColicchioTom Colicchio
American
Joe TheismannJoe Theismann
American

Prue LeithPrue Leith
South African

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
British

Graham ElliotGraham Elliot
American
Bill RancicBill Rancic
American

Ming TsaiMing Tsai
American

S. Truett CathyS. Truett Cathy
American

Rick BaylessRick Bayless
American
Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
French
Joël RobuchonJoël Robuchon
French

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
British

Mandy Rice-DaviesMandy Rice-Davies
British, Welsh

Nobu MatsuhisaNobu Matsuhisa
Japanese
Rocco DiSpiritoRocco DiSpirito
American

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
Italian
David HackworthDavid Hackworth
American

Paul PrudhommePaul Prudhomme
American

Bobby DeenBobby Deen
American
Fred DeLucaFred DeLuca
American

Jay PritzkerJay Pritzker
American
J. Willard MarriottJ. Willard Marriott
American

Eduardo SantamarinaEduardo Santamarina
Mexican

Daniel BouludDaniel Boulud
French
Steve EllsSteve Ells
American

Andrew CherngAndrew Cherng
American
Charlie TrotterCharlie Trotter
American

Adam SennAdam Senn
French

Terence ConranTerence Conran
British

Jilly RizzoJilly Rizzo
American
Ludo LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
French

Pat NeelyPat Neely
American

Dan BarberDan Barber
American

Daniel HummDaniel Humm
Swiss

Donald NixonDonald Nixon
American
Hugh AchesonHugh Acheson
Canadian

Todd EnglishTodd English
American
Rocky AokiRocky Aoki
American

Don the BeachcomberDon the Beachcomber
American

Egon RonayEgon Ronay
Hungarian, British
Rose GrayRose Gray
British

Roger VergéRoger Vergé
French
Kerry SimonKerry Simon
American

Richard McDonaldRichard McDonald
American
Benoît ViolierBenoît Violier
Swiss, French

Bob EvansBob Evans
American

Rene RedzepiRene Redzepi
Danish
Thomas MonaghanThomas Monaghan
American

Robert CarrierRobert Carrier
American
Paul HaeberlinPaul Haeberlin
French