Drew Nieporent

Restaurateur

New York

One of America’s most respected and famous restaurateurs, Drew Nieporent is the founder and owner of Myriad Restaurant Group. He graduated from Cornell Hotel School in 1977 and developed his restaurant management skills at venerable eateries including Tavern On The Green, Maxwell’s Plum and La Grenouille. He has since launched a slew of perennially popular restaurants (ranging from French to Japanese) including Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Centrico and Corton. Many of his restaurants have been honored by the James Beard Foundation for outstanding service, wine programs and cuisine. In 2009, Nieporent himself won the James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur award, and often appears as a judge on Iron Chef and Top Chef.