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
Guy Fieri Guy Fieri
American

Ray Kroc Ray Kroc
American

Kimbal Musk Kimbal Musk
American, South African

Bobby Flay Bobby Flay
American

Debi Mazar Debi Mazar
American

David Chang David Chang
American

Uwe Boll Uwe Boll
German

Nancy Kwan Nancy Kwan
Hong Konger, American

George Crum George Crum
American

Ettore Boiardi Ettore Boiardi
Italian, American
Dave Thomas Dave Thomas
American

Angelo Georgalli Angelo Georgalli
New Zealander

Celine DionCeline Dion
Canadian
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Mandy Rice-DaviesMandy Rice-Davies
British, Welsh
Jared FogleJared Fogle
American

Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
American

Dick ClarkDick Clark
American

Robert IrvineRobert Irvine
British
Nate RobinsonNate Robinson
American

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
British

Joran van der SlootJoran van der Sloot
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Tim RozonTim Rozon
Canadian

Joe BastianichJoe Bastianich
American
Eddie HuangEddie Huang
American

Joe TheismannJoe Theismann
American
Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic
Italian, American

Mario BataliMario Batali
American

Prue LeithPrue Leith
South African
Paula DeenPaula Deen
American

Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian
American
Alan Hale Jr.Alan Hale Jr.
American

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
Italian, American

Jim RossJim Ross
American

E-40E-40
American

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian
Joël RobuchonJoël Robuchon
French

John HickenlooperJohn Hickenlooper
American

Graham ElliotGraham Elliot
American

Bill RancicBill Rancic
American
S. Truett CathyS. Truett Cathy
American
Rick BaylessRick Bayless
American

Michael SymonMichael Symon
American

Jon TafferJon Taffer
American

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
French
Nobu MatsuhisaNobu Matsuhisa
Japanese

Ming TsaiMing Tsai
American
J. Willard MarriottJ. Willard Marriott
American

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
British

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
Italian
Bobby DeenBobby Deen
American

Paul PrudhommePaul Prudhomme
American
Fred DeLucaFred DeLuca
American

David HackworthDavid Hackworth
American

Eduardo SantamarinaEduardo Santamarina
Mexican
Tom ColicchioTom Colicchio
American

Rocco DiSpiritoRocco DiSpirito
American
Andrew CherngAndrew Cherng
American

Daniel BouludDaniel Boulud
French

Steve EllsSteve Ells
American

Jay PritzkerJay Pritzker
American
Charlie TrotterCharlie Trotter
American

Terence ConranTerence Conran
British

Rocky AokiRocky Aoki
American

Adam SennAdam Senn
French

Daniel HummDaniel Humm
Swiss
Dan BarberDan Barber
American

Todd EnglishTodd English
American
Pat NeelyPat Neely
American

Ludo LefebvreLudo Lefebvre
French

Jilly RizzoJilly Rizzo
American
Donald NixonDonald Nixon
American

Hugh AchesonHugh Acheson
Canadian
Don the BeachcomberDon the Beachcomber
American

Rose GrayRose Gray
British
Kerry SimonKerry Simon
American

Rene RedzepiRene Redzepi
Danish

Thomas MonaghanThomas Monaghan
American
Zalman YanovskyZalman Yanovsky
Canadian