Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the famed New York restaurant Le Bernardin. The celebrated restaurant holds three stars from the Michelin Guide, a “29” food rating from the 2011 Zagat Guide, the highest of any restaurant in the city, and has upheld a four-star review from The New York Times for over two decades, the only restaurant to maintain four stars for that length of time. In addition, Ripert has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open restaurants at various destinations including Blue in Grand Cayman, Westend Bistro in Washington D.C., and 10 Arts Bistro in Philadelphia.

Ripert is the author of four cookbooks and is the chair of City Harvest’s Food Council. He is a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, and serves as a regular guest judge on “Bravo’s Top Chef” and is the host of his own PBS TV series “Avec Eric,” which has won Emmy and James Beard awards.