Where Visiting Celebrity Chefs Like to Eat in DC

Alton Brown digs the pastas at Red Hen, Guy Fieri loves Barmini's "foie-ffles."

Guy Fieri greets fans outside Bub and Pop's in Dupont. Photograph by Alyssa Hochberg.

This week has been a big one for food world celebrities visitng DC. Guy Fieri kicked things off last Friday while in town taping Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, followed by Alton Brown, Jacques Pépin, Ruth Reichl, and more. Just like us, they were eager to document their favorite meals on social media.

Alton Brown

The Smithsonian’s Food History Gala on Thursday night brought a number of celebrity chefs to town, including Marcus Samuelsson and Jacques Pépin, who was honored with the first-ever Julia Child Award. Iron Chef’s Alton Brown kicked off the festivities early, enthusing over pastas at Red Hen. Good call on that sausage rigatoni.

Jacques Pépin

The legendary French chef celebrated his Julia Child Award at the National Museum of American History on Thursday with a feast prepared by another great: Daniel Boulud. The DBGB chef was inspired by Julia and Jacques for the meal, featuring classic dishes such as Julia’s French potato salad and Provencal fish stew. Pépin illustrated the menu, which was donated to the Smithsonian.

Guy Fieri

Flavortown in DC! The Food Network star parked his red Camaro outside one of our favorite sandwich shops: Bub and Pop’s. Chef Jon Taub is keeping mum on what he served—the visit involved filming for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives—but our bet is on the not-so-little “Lil Petey.”

Guy also partied with fellow chef-lebrity José Andrés at Andrés’s ambitious cocktail spot,
Barmini. According to Fieri’s Instagram account, the smoked anejo tequila cocktails and a foie gras waffle (a.k.a. the “foie-ffle”) went over well.

Hangin out at @barminibyjose with @chefjoseandres!

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Ruth Reichl

Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl was in town promoting her new cookbook, My Kitchen Year. We caught up with her over dinner at Buck’s Fishing & Camping in Chevy Chase DC, where a cast of top female chefs prepared dishes inspired by recipes in her book.

Reichl in the kitchen at Buck’s Fishing and Camping with Centrolina’s Amy Brandwein. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Reichl went on to sign books at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm market on Sunday, and made a quick stop at the new location of José Andrés’s veggie-centric restaurant, Beefsteak. She loved the tomato burger (we couldn’t agree more).

Yotam Ottolenghi

Beefsteak got even more love from chef and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi during a talk at Sixth & I. He admitted to only being in DC for 10 hours, but made a point to stop at José Andrés’s eatery for a taste of the veggies.

Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, Christina Tosi…

Look out, they’re coming! Catch more food world celebs at MetroCookingDC this weekend.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.