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Michel Louis-Marie Richard ( ; [miʃɛl ʁiʃaʁ]; March 7, 1948 – August 13, 2016) was a French-born chef, formerly the owner of the restaurant Citrus in Los Angeles and Citronelle and Central in Washington, D.C. He has owned restaurants in Santa Barbara, Tokyo, Carmel, New York City, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Washington D.C.


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Richard was born in Pabu, Brittany, France on March 7, 1948 and raised in Champagne. Needing to help his mother care for his siblings, he learned to cook. By age 14, Richard was working full time as an apprentice pâtissier at a hotel restaurant in Reims. After completing his military service in the French Army, he was hired by French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre to work at Maison Lenotre in Paris.

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In 1974, Lenôtre sent Richard to the United States to open Lenôtre's short-lived New York branch, Chateau France. After 3 years, Chateau France closed, and Michel moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to run the French Pastry Shop at La Fonda Hotel. The Pastry Shop at La Fonda closed a year later, and by 1977, he had moved to Los Angeles and opened Michel Richard's Pastry Shop.

In 1986, Richard opened Citrus in West Hollywood. In 1989, he opened Citronelle, in the Santa Barbara Inn Hotel, followed by satellites of Citrus in Baltimore, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Tokyo, all of which eventually closed. In 1994, he opened Citronelle in The Latham Hotel in Georgetown. In 1997, Richard sold half of his interest in Citrus (Los Angeles) to the Meristar Corporation, who were also his partners in Citronelle. Later, he opened a branch of Citronelle at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California. Ten years later, he opened Central in Washington D.C.

On December 13, 2014, Michel was presented with the insignia of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merit by the Republic of France.

Richard died at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. on August 13, 2016 from complications after a stroke.

Awards and honors

  • The Best Restaurants in the United States - Travelers Magazine (1987)
  • “Who’s Who” in American Food and Wine - James Beard Foundation (1988)
  • Chef of the Year (nominated) - James Beard Foundation (1996)
  • Outstanding Restaurant - Five-Star Fleur de Lys Awards (1996)
  • Top 20 Restaurants in the Country (Citronelle) - Gourmet Magazine (2001 and 2006)
  • Member - Traditions & Qualité, Les Grandes Tables du Monde (2002)
  • Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Chef of the Year, Best Chef of the Year - Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (2002)
  • Member - Relais & Chateaux Organization (2003)
  • Books

  • Michel Richard's Home Cooking with a French Accent, Morrow, NY (January 1, 1993) ASIN: B001XGZ1Q8
  • Happy in the Kitchen: The Craft of Cooking the Art of Eating, Artisan, (October 2006) ISBN 978-1-57965-299-9
  • Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts, Ecco, (November 2010) ISBN 0-06-192821-6
  • Television

  • Baking with Julia (Episodes 103 and 304)
  • How to Cook Everything; Bittman Takes on America's Chefs (Episode 108)
  • Great Chefs – Great Cities (Episodes 40, 62, and 76)
  • Chef's Story (Episode 111)
  • "Cooking with Master Chefs" (Chocolate Dome; Hot Chocolate Truffles)
  • "Monet's Palate - A Gastronomic View from the Gardens of Giverny"
  • References

    Michel Richard Wikipedia

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