It's time to face the facts: if you want to open a restaurant that is a) not ginormous, b) not in Las Vegas, and c) does not serve donkey sauce, you are not going to ever be a millionaire. Sorry to disappoint.
It's been a bode for female chefs this month, after Acquavit'sEmma Bengtsson landed a second Michelin star for the restaurant. She's only the second female executive chef to have two Michelin stars under her belt (the first being Dominique Crenn in San Francisco). Turns out, Bengtsson almost didn't take the job in the first place. With the wave of her success, it's safe to say now: no more excuses, lady chefs.
Bocuse d'Or 2015 -- aka the Olympics of fancy chefs -- is just around the corner, so buzz away about the big announcement this morning. Grant Achatz of Next and Alinea (maybe you've heard of them?) will preside as the "honorary president" over the panel of judges during the competition.
Though the laws of restaurant physics state that a critic’s review can mean the life or death of a restaurant, sometimes those laws are broken. Sometimes a place remains open due to good service, rich clientele, or witch magic (we’re positive Bandolero exists because of Santería rituals). Sometimes sheer trendiness, celebrity love, and the perceived value that results can make a restaurant succeed. Hell, we’ll even admit to making a reservation now and then based on nothing but a restaurant’s recent buzz. Here, We’ve picked six restaurants that have notedly defied the odds, and the critics. What do they have that everyone else doesn’t? Probably money, a celebrity restaurateur, a former location that is beloved (or Santería).