Laurent Tourondel, Executive Chef
Tourondel spent his childhood on the coast of France fishing with his grandfather and baking by his grandmother’s side. The mesmerizing smells and tastes of his home led him to the Saint Vincent Ecole de Cuisine in Montluçon, France, where upon graduation he embarked on a career that would take him through some of the most esteemed kitchens in the world.
Laurent worked under Jacques Maximin at Restaurant Ledoyen and had a two-year stint at The Michelin 3-star Relais & Chateau Troigros. Tourondel was then tapped by Troigros to become executive chef of C.T. (Claude Troisgros), his debut restaurant in New York City, where he received three stars from The New York Times. Tourondel eventually landed in Las Vegas where he was chosen to commandeer the kitchen of the Palace Court Restaurant at the World Famous Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino.
In 1998, he was honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Ten Best New Chefs. Next, Tourondel took charge at a new fine dining restaurant in New York City.
In 1999, Cello received three stars from The New York Times. Shortly thereafter, he began work on his first cookbook. Since its’ release in October 2004, “Go Fish: Modern Seafood Cooking for the Home” (Wiley), has been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Life Magazine and more.
In 2004 Chef Tourondel conceived BLT Steak, and the accolades arrived – two stars in The New York Times, 3 stars in Crain’s, and Esquire awarded BLT Steak as one of the “Best New Restaurants of 2004.” The BLT concept then took flight, spawning the New York Times three-star BLT Fish and BLT Prime, the celebrated sister concept to BLT Steak.
Today, Chef Tourondel is thrilled to also be at the helm of Brasserie Ruhlmann, a true French brasserie. He can be found executing his dream menu as he serves a modern version of dishes that are reminiscent of his homeland.
Laurent Tourondel has appeared in multiple national media outlets including Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Esquire and GQ as well as on The Today Show, CBS Early Show and Fox & Friends.