Food Royalty: Famous Chef Families

Is talent inherited or taught? In the case of these chef duos their source of talent is most certainly a combination.  Children have been following the career paths of their parents since the beginning of time, and the notion of "getting into the family business" is alive and well in the culinary world.

In addition to making significant contributions to the modern food industry, renowned chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Larry Forgione, and Zarela Marinez are the parents of chefs who are following in their footsteps. Cedric Vongerichten, Marc Forgione, and Aarón Sánchez have each achieved great success in their own right, creating unique identities in the culinary world.


Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Cedric Vongerichten

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is known for revolutionizing modern French cuisine in the United States. He has published six cookbooks and his restaurants (21 at the moment) have received numerous accolades, including four stars from The New York Times for his namesake restaurant, Jean Georges.

Chef Cedric Vongerichten is the Chef de Cuisine at Perry St, a restaurant owned by his father. After graduating from culinary school, Vongerichten did an externship at Ferran Adrià's esteemed restaurant, El Bulli.

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Larry Forgione and Marc Forgione

Chef Larry Forgione, who is often referred to as the "Godfather" of American cuisine, is best known for his restaurant, An American Place. The James Beard award winning chef and cookbook author is a core proponent of the local food movement.

Chef Marc Forgione opened his New York restaurant, Marc Forgione, in 2008. In addition to receiving two stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star, Marc Forgione is currently a contestant on The Food Network's show, The Next Iron Chef.

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Zarela Martinez and Aarón Sánchez

Chef and restaurateur Zarela Martinez is known for bringing traditional Mexican flavors to high-end cuisine at her restaurant, Zarela. Martinez is the author of three cookbooks and the star of Zarela! La Cocina Veracruzana.

Chef Aarón Sánchez is most noted for his involvement with The Food Network. As a judge on Chopped, co-star of Chefs vs. City, and past contestant on The Next Iron Chef, he has become a well-known TV personality. His New York restaurant, Centrico, serves modern Mexican cuisine.

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