Daniel Boulud is the quintessential overachieving New York chef. He grew up on a farm in Lyons, France, and went on to train with master French chefs. Boulud arrived in the United States in 1982 and quickly got to work earning his reputation as a contemporary-classic French chef. His eponymous restaurant, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Daniel, has garnered many accolades since opening in 1993, including numerous James Beard Awards. Boulud now owns and oversees restaurants across North America, from Miami to Toronto. In New York alone, he helms eight eateries, from the aforementioned fine-dining French institution Daniel to the casual Mediterranean-inspired Boulud Sud. He also has celebrated restaurants in several international cities, including London, Montreal and Singapore.