Laurent Gras is recognized as one of the most talented chefs cooking today, having attained three Michelin Stars at three different restaurants, on two continents. He has been voted “Best New Chef” from Food & Wine Magazine, his eateries gaining the title of “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire Magazine, James Beard Foundation and CS Magazine. Echoes of the same sentiment come from his colleagues, like chef David Chang who wrote, “Gras is, I think, ounce-for-ounce the best cook in the world.”

Born and raised on the Côte d’Azur in France, Gras worked alongside the best chefs, and decided to design his own restaurant from the ground up. In 2007, Laurent opened L2O in Chicago, and earned three Michelin stars in the first Chicago edition of the guidebook. Laurent’s creativity extends to his groundbreaking L2O blog and innovative online cookbook, ‘Laurent Gras: My Provence.’ Today he brings all of his experience together at Laurent Gras Consulting, a New York-based culinary agency offering services in concept and menu development, kitchen design and retail products, serving clients around the globe.