Connecticut’s Celebrity Chefs Last Updated 2/17

In this age of televised cooking shows, restaurant-related reality shows and celebrity-chef-run restaurants, Connecticut is right in the mix. From one end of the state to the other, diners can find restaurants run by well-known and well-loved chefs, from big deals to burger joints. Here are just a few suggestions for a truly star-powered dining experience.

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Mario Batali (Tarry Lodge, Westport & New Haven)

The charismatic Iron Chef contestant is an owner and operator of Tarry Lodge, now with locations in Westport and New Haven. Tarry Lodge is a family-friendly purveyor of pizza, pasta and wood-fired meats with a good wine list.

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Bobby Flay (Bar Americain at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville)

The ubiquitous TV star has found a happy home at Mohegan Sun casino, where Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain offers Regional American and New England specials. Bobby’s Burger Palace offers burgers 10 different ways, milkshakes and malteds.

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Todd English (Todd English's Tuscany at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville)

At Mohegan Sun, Todd English’s Tuscany, dramatically located beneath an indoor waterfall, offers a full Tuscan menu, including pasta, veal, flatbreads, antipasti and cured and sliced meats.

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David Burke (David Burke Prime at Foxwoods, Mashantucket)

While at Foxwoods Resort Casino don’t miss David Burke Prime, a first-class steakhouse in a dramatic setting. Burke has been an Iron Chef contestant. His menu specializes in dry-aged steaks, prime rib and seafood.

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Danny Meyer (Shake Shack, New Haven & Westport)

Meyer has built an empire atop the success of his Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan. His Shake Shacks, two of which are located in New Haven and Westport, offer burgers, fries and shakes – pretty simple, but good.

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Guy Fieri (Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen & Bar, Foxwoods, Mashantucket)

A culinary rock star, Guy Fieri hosts the top-rated Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network and is also an accomplished author, having written cookbooks and books based on his travels. Now Guy brings his signature award-winning American cuisine and his one-of-a-kind personality to Foxwoods Resort Casino with Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen & Bar.

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Jasper White (Summer Shack at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville)

This chef, restaurateur and cookbook author is considered an expert on New England cuisine, especially seafood, and his Summer Shack at Mohegan Sun features an extensive raw bar, chowders, fresh seafood and lobster.

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Bun Lai (Miya’s Sushi, New Haven)

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award and the White House Champions of Change Award, this popular and engaging New Haven restaurant is helmed by a chef who’s a recognized leader in inventive and sustainable sushi dishes. 

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Buddy Valastro (Carlo’s Bakery, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville)

Things are sweet with Buddy Valastro, the star of the hit TLC series Cake Boss and Next Great Baker. His eleventh Carlo's Bakery location and first in New England is in the Winter section of Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Earth, and offers the same famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.

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Angela Baldanza (Baldanza Natural Market Café, New Canaan)

Some of the most well-known chefs today are winners of reality competitions! Which means they outcook others to make an impression on judges (often celebrity chefs themselves) and make a name for themselves. That’s what happened with Angela Baldanza of Baldanza Natural Market Café in New Canaan — winner of Food Network’s Cooks vs Cons!

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Geoffrey Zakarian (The National, Greenwich)

With his sixth restaurant in the tristate area and the first in Connecticut, Chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian offers an exceptional American café-style menu with a strong focus on seasonal ingredients, hardwood grilling and craft cocktails.