Michel Richard

Long hailed as a pioneer of French/California cuisine, Michel Richard has won over the hearts and stomachs of Americans with iconic restaurants such as Citrus, Citronelle and most recently, Central Michel Richard in Washington, DC (the James Beard winner for "Best New Restaurant" in 2008). He has since opened second location in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace (a third in Atlantic City closed). Here are the restaurants he feeds off when he's on the road:

Le Bernardin - New York, NY - "I love fish and Eric does a great job with it. The restaurant looks fabulous. I love the new decor."

Bistro Jeanty - Yountville, CA - "Simple bistro. You feel like you are in France without traveling. Beautiful food."

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - Las Vegas, NV - "I love the innovation, and his artistic impressions. They say he is the best in the world, and he is."

Daniel - New York, NY - "Daniel gives us perfection."