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Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the chef and owner of Jean Georges, reinvented French food for New Yorkers when he opened his restaurant’s doors in Columbus Circle in 1997. After cooking for years at world-renowned restaurants in Southeast Asia, Vongerichten brought Asian-inspired French cuisine to the States through clean, fresh dishes. The revered chef of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant Jean Georges abandons the traditional French ingredients of butter, butter and more butter, and instead uses fresh juices and light broths as bases for his inventive dishes. His food is light yet savory, and provides a new take on French cuisine that’s been a hit with diners worldwide.