Chef Awards

A partial listing of Chefs and Food & Beverage Professionals who have received American Masters of Taste Gold Medals on our stage (1986-2013). We’ve given awards at venues as far reaching as The Millenium Biltmore, MGM Grand, Chicago Hilton & Towers, San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel and Carnegie Hall. The Maître du Gout or Masters of Taste Award is a recognition of culinary excellence in the Chef’s particular tradition or field of endeavor over the course of their career. Nominees are selected by other professional Chefs in our nationwide network.

Chef Bradley Ogden with Master of Ceremonies John Mariani

Chef Bradley Ogden with Master of Ceremonies John Mariani

(Listed in order of Chef’s establishment at the time our award was bestowed.)

Acapulco Restaurant – Pepe Lopez
Alize & Andre’s – Andre Rochat
Amazing Food Creations – Eric Carre
Anton Airfood – Dave Widmer
Aquaknox – Tom Maloney
Aquavit – Marcus Samuelsson
Aramark – Jesus Cibrian
Au Bon Pain – Jens Retlev
Au Bon Pain – Thomas John
AVI Food Systems – John Chopich
Bahama Breeze – Peter Olsacher
Beach & Tennis Club -Bernard Guillas
Bertucci’s – Stefano Cordova
Beverly Hills Hilton – Suki Sugiura
Bice – Jose Chavez
Bistro Zinc – Joseph Keller
BJ’s – Ray Martin
Bradley Ogden – Bradley Ogden
Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group – Matt Harding
Bruegger’s Corp. – Phillip Smith
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse – Phil Butler
Caesar’s Palace – John Hui
Caesars/Harrah’s Group – Bill Barum
Café des Architects – Christain Gosselin
Café Giovanni – Duke LoCicero
California State University – Rudolf Egger
Capital Grille – Jim Nuetzi
Captain D’s Seafood – Mark Miller
Celebrity Cruises – Alan McLennan
Celebrity Cruises – Daniel LaJoux
Champps Entertainment – James Bell
Chateau Hotel – Jason Powell
Cheesecake Factory – Bob Okura
Cheesecake Factory – David Garbowski
Chef Service Group – Russ Zito
Chef Service Group – Walter Zuromski
China Grill – Luke Rinaman
Chinois – Terence Fong
Circo – Stefano Chiarugi
Club Med – Erik Peters
Commander’s Palace – Carlos Guia
Commander’s Palace – Tory McPhail
Compass Group – Chris Ivens-Brown
Compass Group – Kurt Pfister
Cosi Restaurants – David Utley
Crystal Cruises – Toni Neumeister
Cuisinier – Jamie McFadden
Culinary Institute – Raymond Hoffmeister
Cunard Line – Peter Tobler
Daniel Boulud – Phillipe Rispoli
Disneyland – Christopher Maggetti
Doubletree Hotel/Chicago – Aaron Flores
Duke’s / TS Restaurants – David Baumann
Einstein Bros. Bagels – Chad Thompson
Embassy Suites/Chicago – Angel Torres
Embassy Suites/Lombard – William Kittler
Emeril’s – Jean Paul Labadie
Eurest/Compass Group – Robert Camerano
Executive Search International – Holger Frohlich
Falcon Holding/Church’s Chicken – Khaled Habash
Famous Dave’s Of America – Dan Conroy
First Choice – Bill Hahne
Flamingo – Michel Re
Flemings Prime Steakhouse – Russell Skall
Food For Thought Catering – Chris Opper
Food For Thought Catering – John Reed
Fox & Obel Food Market – Jonathan Chase
Frito Lay – Steven Kalil
Gallagher’s Steakhouse/Las Vegas – Luigi Guiga
Garden Fresh Restaurant – Mike Schwanemann
Gate Gourmet – Bob Rosar
Gibson’s/Chicago – Audrey Triplet
Gold Star Chili – Mike Tremblay
Golden Corral – Debra Olson
Gordon Biersch- Bill Heckler
Gourmet Garage – Anthony Balderose
Grand Traverse Resort – Ted Cizma
Grand Victoria Casino – Fernando Berrum
Guckenheimer’s – Arturo Zarate-Ramirez
Guest Services – Claude Broom
Guest Services – Fred Raynaud
Hamada Of Japan – Nori Kawagoe
Harry Caray – Paul Katz
Hilton New York – Uwe Toedter
Hilton/Chicago – Thierry Meissonnier
Hilton/Chicago O’Hare Airport – Thomas Folt
Hilton/Milwaukee City – James Nowak
Holland America Line – Guenther Cussigh
Hollywood Casino – Patrick Scargle
Hotel InterContinental – Hans Lentz
Hungry Hunter – Ralph Lincoln
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Kenneth Juran
Hyatt Regency/Chicago – Anthony Dela Rosa
Il Fornaio – Maurizio Mazzon
InterContinental Hotels – Alexander Feher
Iron Skillet – Stig Hansen
Japonais – Gene Kato
Jumer’s Chateau – Jason Powell
Kona Grill – Zack Bredemann
La Mansion Del Rio – Scott Cohen
La Sardine/Chicago – Jean Claude Poilevey
Lark Creek Restaurant Group – TJ Jacobberger
Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Domingo Chavez
Levy Restaurants – John McLean
Loews Regency Hotel – John Iachetti
LSG Sky Chefs – Brian O’Laughlin
Maggiano’s Little Italy – Keith Brunell
Maggiano’s Little Italy – Thomas Swan
Majestic America HQ – Howie Velie
Mandalay Bay – Sean DiCicco
Mandarin Oriental/New York – Christian Schmidt
Margaritaville – Phil Klinkenberg
Marnee Thai – Chai Siriyarn
McCormick & Schmick’s – Bill King
McCormick Place/Chicago – Thomas Elder
MGM Grand – Carlos Salazar
MGM Grand – Steve Peterson
Millennium Restaurant – George McNeill
Mimi’s Café – Adam Baird
Mix/Mandalay Bay – Bruno Davaillon
Mon Ami Gabi – Claude Gaty
Morton’s of Chicago – Chris Rook
National Press Club – James Swenson
New York-New York – Damien McEvoy
Nobhill – Sven Mede
Norm’s Restaurants – David Cox
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Karl Muhlberger
Oceania Cruises – Franco Semeraro
Okada – Takashi Yagahashi
Olive Garden – Paolo Lafata
Omni Orrington/Evanston – Matthew Mockler
On The Border – Oona Settembre
Ortanique – Cindy Hutson
Outback Steakhouse – Dave Del Rio
Overland Park Marriott – Diego Fernandez
Panda Restaurant Group – Andy Kao
Panda Restaurant Group – Robert Deeds
Papa John’s – Douglas Bond
Papa John’s – Micheal McCloskey
Papa John’s – Micheal Velardi
Paragon Casino Resort – Jesus Lorenzo
Paris Casino – Eric Damidot
Park Plaza – John Lyaleanos
Pascal’s on Ponce – Pascal Oudin
Pasta Pomodoro – David Bolosan
Payard Patisserie & Bistro – Gregory Gourreau
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Tony Seta
PF Chang’s – Paul Muller
Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants – Joe Rioreau
Picasso/Bellagio – Julian Serrano
Piggly Wiggly – Cameron Gaines
Planet Hollywood – David Springett
Qdoba – Ed Wilroy
Quaker Steak & Lube – Katy Malaniak
Quartino Restaurant – John Coletta
Ramparts – Albert Washington
Raphael – Domenico Testa
Ray’s Boathouse – Charles Ramseyer
Reata Restaurant – Juan Jaramillo
Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Bernhard Klotz
Renaissance/Chicago North Shore – Andres Bustamante
Rene’s Bistro – Rene Bajeux
Reynolds Plantation – Gerald Schmidt
Rib Crib Corp. – Buck Townes
Riese Organization – Jeffrey Segal
Ritz-Carlton – Philippe Pinon
Ritz-Carlton – Stephen Marshall
Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Antonio Iocchi
Royal Caribbean Cruises – Josef Jungwirth
Royal Sonesta – Phillipe Pinon
Roy’s – Roy Yamaguchi
Ruby Tuesdays – Bob Eberhardt
Ruddick/Harris Teeter Supermarket – Phillip Anderson
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Jim Cannon
Salamander Hospitality – Andre David Halston
Sands Expo – Christopher Eissler
Savory/San Diego – Pascal Vignau
Schlotzsky’s – Jim Villemaire
Schnuck’s Markets – Scott Drake
Seasons52 – Clifford Pleau
Sensi – Martin Heirling
Silver Legacy/Reno – Cormick Devine
Sizzler Restaurants – Dudley McMahon
Sodexo – Gary Mann
Sofitel/Chicago – Christian Gaborit
Sonic Drive-In – Stephanie Hurt
Spago – David Robins
Spiedini Ristorante – Gustav Mauler
Spirit Cruises – Loraine Young
Stephan Pyles Resturant – Stephan Pyles
Stratosphere – Mario Andreoni
Subway – Chris Martone
Sunset Foods – Ken Chaffin
Super-Valu – Dennis McGaha
SW Steakhouse – Eric Klein
Taste Buds Management – Hans Limburg
Ted’s Montana Grill – Chris Raucci
TGI Friday’s – Phil Costner
TGI Friday’s – Scott Randolph
The Bice Group – Julian Baker
The Charcoal Grill – Jeff Robinson
Thompson/Austin Grill – Eric Reed
Tropicana – Scott Albrecht
U.S. Air Force – George Miller
U.S. Army – Robert Barnes
U.S. Coast Guard – Jerry Bukowski
U.S. Marine Corps – Carlos Sanabria
U.S. Navy – Michael Harants
U.S. Navy – Thomas Dailey
United Airlines – Gerry Gulli
Universal Studios – Eric Kopelow
US Army – David Allen
US Coast Guard – Justin Reed
US Foodservice – Mark Eggerding
Valentino’s – Luciano Pellegrini
Valentino’s/Los Angeles – Piero Salvaggio
Vicorp Restaurants – Bob Derian
Winn-Dixie – Robert Tulko
World Gourmet Society – Kurt Fischer
Wynn Las Vegas – Marc Poidevin