Wylie Dufresne Biography
Wyle Dufresne is the master of American modernist cuisine and the cheerful chef who made his mark on the US dining scene with his wd-50 restaurant in New York before opening his Alder restaurant.
How old is Wylie Dufresne? – Age
He is 51 years old as of 2021. He was born in 1970 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
Wylie Dufresne Wife
He is married to Maile Carpenter, who works as the Editor in Chief at Food Network Magazine.
Wylie Dufresne Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $1 billion.
Wylie Dufresne wd50 Restaurant
In 2003, WD50, his experimental restaurant where he explored the frontiers of molecular gastronomy, opened. His food was witty and playful, full of wizardry and ingenuity. He was constantly inquisitive and lacked boundaries. His restaurant served as a source of inspiration for chefs all over the world. “He was so ahead of the curve that there was a time when chefs all over the world were constantly checking his website in awe,” Rene Redzepi said of his friend. In 2013, Dufresne was named best New York Chef by the James Beard Foundation. Alder’s playful cubist take on pub grub. Unfortunately, WD50 and Alder were forced to close in 2014 and 2015, respectively, due to real estate plans near his restaurants.
Wylie Dufresne Iron Chef America
On Iron Chef America in 2006, Dufresne was defeated by Mario Batali. In 2007, he began appearing as a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, where he has appeared in seasons 2, 4, 5, 7, and 12. In 2009, he was invited to compete in Top Chef Masters, where he finished third out of four in the preliminary rounds. Dufresne also appeared in the final of Masterchef in the United Kingdom, where he mentored the eventual winner. He appeared in the fifth episode of HBO’s Treme as himself, alongside Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, and David Chang.
Wylie Dufresne Books
In October 2017, Dufresne’s cookbook wd50, co-written with Peter Meehan, was released. His first cookbook, wd50: The Cookbook, tells the story of his groundbreaking restaurant and the dishes that helped it become famous.
Wylie Dufresne Career
He worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten from 1994 to 1999, eventually becoming sous chef at Vongerichten’s eponymous Jean Georges. He was the chef de cuisine at Vongerichten’s Prime in The Bellagio in Las Vegas in 1998. He left to become the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food in 1999. In April 2003, he opened wd50, a 70-seat restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side’s Clinton Street. In March 2013, he opened Alder, his second restaurant in the East Village. wd-50 was closed on November 30, 2014, and Alder was closed in August of 2015.
In 2000, Dufresne was a James Beard Foundation nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year and was chosen by New York Magazine for their New York Awards. He received a star in Michelin’s New York City Guide in 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as the first Red Guide for North America, and was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef New York. Pickled Beef Tongue with Fried Mayonnaise and Carrot-Coconut Sunnyside-Up are two of his signature dishes.
Dufresne also appeared in the final of Masterchef in the United Kingdom, where he mentored the eventual winner. He appeared in the fifth episode of HBO’s Treme as himself, alongside Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, and David Chang. Dufresne was named Best NYC Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013. It was his tenth nomination and his first victory. In 2014, Dufresne’s wd50 restaurant in New York City closed.
In April 2017, Dufresne, along with head baker Colin Kull and general manager Sharilyn Chavez, opened Du’s Donuts & Coffee in a pop-up space at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. The pop-up evolved into a small chain with locations in Soho and Brooklyn. In October 2017, Dufresne’s cookbook wd50, co-written with Peter Meehan, was released.