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Drew Nieporent

Distilled NY - New York City, NY

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Drew Nieporent, one of America's most respected restaurateurs, is the founder and inspiration behind the Myriad Restaurant Group, which operates Tribeca Grill, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu Downtown, Nobu London, Batard, the Porsche Grille at Citi Field, Daily Burger at Madison Square Garden, and Crush Wine & Spirits. Over the last 30 years, Myriad has opened and operated over 36 restaurants around the world including San Francisco, Seattle, Louisville, Martha’s Vineyard, Boca Raton, London, and Moscow.

His restaurants have received countless accolades. Tribeca Grill, with partner Robert De Niro, opened to national acclaim and continues to be a New York landmark, with a wine list that has received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2002. In 1994, Nieporent launched Nobu in New York. Nobu New York, Next Door Nobu, and Nobu Fifty-Seven have all earned three-star ratings from the New York Times. Montrachet earned three stars from the New York Times and kept that rating for 21 years. In 2008, the original Montrachet space became Corton, maintaining its three New York Times stars and receiving two Michelin stars. In May of 2014, Nieporent reopened the space as Batard with chef-partner Markus Glocker and John Winterman, earning three-stars from The New York Times, New York Magazine, and a coveted Michelin star. Batard won Best New Restaurant in America at the 2015 James Beard awards.

Drew donates his time to dozens of charities and has been honored by various organizations.

Drew’s many personal honors include induction into “Who’s Who of Cooking in America” by the James Beard Foundation. He has been named the Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurateur and Humanitarian of the Year. Other recognition includes 2011 Hospitality Innovator by the Cornell Hotel School. He is the first New Yorker to receive the TORCH award.

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