In 1973, a 16-year-old Alsatian named Jean-Georges Vongerichten landed a job at a three-star French restaurant called Auberge de l'Ill. A simple beginning to a tale that made culinary history and launched a reputation almost remarkable as his food... almost.
Coined the "enfant terrible of modern French cooking," or the "Madonna of the Kitchen," Jean-George is recognized internationally for his inspired Thai-French cuisine. But his skills extend far beyond his kitchen. A savvy businessman, he operates a number of 3- and 4-star restaurants in Manhattan, Shanghai and Hong Kong , just to name a few. He has also authored or contributed to a number of cookbooks, including Simple to Spectacular (2000) and Jean-Georges: Cooking At Home with a Four-Star Chef (1998).