Wayan/Ma·dé - New York, NY
Cedric Vongerichten is the executive chef and owner of Wayan, a modern French-Indonesian restaurant in New York City.
Originally born in Bangkok, Thailand, Vongerichten moved to New York at a young age, where he spent his early years learning from his father, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, in kitchens in New York City and around the world.
A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Cédric Vongerichten was recognized by Zagat as one of the top 30 chefs under 30 and has worked in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world.
After stints at Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental and El Bulli in Barcelona, Vongerichten became the Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Perry St. in New York City. He has since opened Vong Kitchen and Le Burger in Jakarta, Indonesia with his wife Ochi Latjuba. The duo later opened Wayan, meaning “ﬁrst born” in Balinese. It’s their ﬁrst independent restaurant in downtown Manhattan and was named one of Esquire’s 2019 Best New Restaurants in America. Having spent a lot of time in Indonesia, they crafted Wayan’s menu to convey Indonesian cuisine with a French twist.
The unique menu combines seasonal products and savory Southeast Asian ﬂavors, and many of the dishes are inspired by the streets of Jakarta. Vongerichten and Latjuba are now debuting their second restaurant, Ma•dé, meaning “second born” in Balinese alongside their partner Ezra J. William. Ma•dé serves a menu of fresh seafood & vegetable-centric dishes that emphasize global ﬂavors and ingredients from diverse corners of the world.