Chef/Owner

Michel Richard

JBF Award Winner

Citronelle, Washington, D.C.

Starting when he was a small child, Chef Richard's passion for food led him to dance to the beat of his own drum. As a grown man in his own kitchen, he often felt that dance pulled him in a million different directions. But being the expert that he is, he would leave the dance behind and become the conductor of the orchestra – guiding his ingredients as if they were notes to music, combining them to form a delightful symphony for all to enjoy. The last ten years at his signature restaurant Citronelle have been a mythical quest in the pursuit of the amazing and unexpected and have continued his lifelong romance with cuisine.


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