Michel Richard exemplifies the art of cuisine and a love of his profession, credited with pioneering French/California cuisine before making his move to Washington, D.C to open Michel Richard Citronelle. In 2007 Michel won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef in the USA. Central Michel Richard opened in Washington to rave reviews, winning the 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant.
Michel's creativity can be seen in prestigious epicurean publications such as Food & Wine, Food Arts, Bon Appetit, and on the cover of the late great Gourmet. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, among many others. Michel’s restaurants hold top honors in the best American dining guides and he has published three books, Home Cooking with a French Accent, Happy in the Kitchen, and Sweet Magic. Michel appears at charitable events and food & wine festivals across the country, has designed menus for the National Gallery of Art, and features dishes onboard Amtrak’s Acela First Class and National dining car services.