The sensory thrills of fine cuisine have long compelled Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel. After graduating from the four year program at Saint Vincent Ecole de Cuisine, where he earned a “d’Aptitude Professionnelle de Cuisinier,” the talented French chef cooked his way through some of the world’s most esteemed kitchens.
At Cello, the elegant townhouse on the Upper East Side, he amassed a series of stellar accolades, which propelled him into the public eye. When the restaurant closed its doors, Tourondel continued to create – penning a cookbook, Go Fish, and opening BLT Steak in 2004. The modern American steakhouse garnered so much praise that Tourondel later opened BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Burger and BLT Market in New York City. He has brought BLT Steak to Washington D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico; Los Angeles and White Plains, NY; and BLT Burger to The Mirage in Las Vegas. BLT Steak will open at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale this October and at The Betsy Hotel this winter.
With the passion of a French-trained chef and the style of a cosmopolitan restaurateur, Tourondel’s BLT restaurants continue to make their mark on the restaurant scene.