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.

Kim Seok-jin Kim Seok-jin
South Korean

Bobby Flay Bobby Flay
American

Guy Fieri Guy Fieri
American

Ray Kroc Ray Kroc
American

Debi Mazar Debi Mazar
American

David Chang David Chang
American

Kimbal Musk Kimbal Musk
American, South African

Nancy Kwan Nancy Kwan
Hong Konger, American

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas
American
Angelo Georgalli Angelo Georgalli
New Zealander

Celine DionCeline Dion
Canadian

Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake
American
Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
American

Jared FogleJared Fogle
American

Prue LeithPrue Leith
South African
Joe TheismannJoe Theismann
American

Nate RobinsonNate Robinson
American
Eddie HuangEddie Huang
American

Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic
Italian, American

Mario BataliMario Batali
American

Joran van der SlootJoran van der Sloot
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Paula DeenPaula Deen
American
Jim RossJim Ross
American

Tim RozonTim Rozon
Canadian

Alan Hale Jr.Alan Hale Jr.
American

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
Italian, American
E-40E-40
American

Dick ClarkDick Clark
American

Michael SymonMichael Symon
American

Rick BaylessRick Bayless
American

Graham ElliotGraham Elliot
American
Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
British
Joël RobuchonJoël Robuchon
French

Bill RancicBill Rancic
American

Nobu MatsuhisaNobu Matsuhisa
Japanese
Eduardo SantamarinaEduardo Santamarina
Mexican

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
Italian
Paul PrudhommePaul Prudhomme
American

Rocco DiSpiritoRocco DiSpirito
American

Tom ColicchioTom Colicchio
American

Ming TsaiMing Tsai
American

Andrew CherngAndrew Cherng
American
Charlie TrotterCharlie Trotter
American

Adam SennAdam Senn
French

Bobby DeenBobby Deen
American

Pat NeelyPat Neely
American
Todd EnglishTodd English
American

Ludo LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
French
Donald NixonDonald Nixon
American

Jilly RizzoJilly Rizzo
American

Don the BeachcomberDon the Beachcomber
American
Kerry SimonKerry Simon
American