Debbie Gold, a Chicago native, is a James Beard-winning chef who, while still in high school, surprised her parents when she subscribed to Bon Appetit and began creating impressive meals for the family. She went on to study restaurant management at the University of Illinois, and then attended L’Ecole Hoteliere de Tain L’Hermitage in France’s Rhone Valley.
Since then, her career accomplishments include Michel Chabran, Albert LeCompt, Jean Marc Reynaud, L’Albion, Le Gourmandin in France and the world-renowned Charlie Trotter’s, Everest and Mirador in Chicago. Debbie rejuvenated Kansas City’s 25-year-old American Restaurant, stripping away the pretension that had marred its image, while still maintaining Mobil four-star and AAA four-diamond status. Esquire named her “Chef to Watch” in 1997, the same year she received the first of three nominations for James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest.
Debbie’s menu for the Crayola Café, a well-known children’s restaurant, was named the #1 Kids’ Menu in America by Restaurant Hospitality. Having lent her face and name to a number of major ad campaigns, including those for Grey Poupon mustard, Kikkoman and Vita-Prep Blenders, Gold has become a nationally recognized and respected chef. Her latest venture, 40 Sardines, which opened in June of 2002, uses fresh, straightforward flavors from throughout the world, yet constantly builds upon her traditional French training.