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Wylie Dufresne

Chef, Owner of Du’s Donuts, Former Owner of New York's Highly Celebrated wd~50 Restaurant & Expert in Molecular Gastronomy

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Wylie Dufresne Biography

Wylie Dufresne is a Rhode Island native that started in the food industry running his great-grandfather’s diner. He has had a decorated culinary career, winning a James Beard award, Michelin star and becoming a leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, the movement to incorporate science into food presentation and preparation. Best known for his ingenious creations at renowned wd~50 and Alder, Chef Dufresnse now leads the popular Du’s Donuts where he applies his imagination and inventive techniques to crafting the most amazing donuts. This latest venture makes his favorite customers, his two daughters, exceptionally happy – and also a favorite at school career day.

Dufresne is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York. In 1992, Wylie completed a B.A. in philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. From 1994 through 1999, he worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where he was eventually named sous chef. In 1998 he was chef de cuisine at Vongerichten's Prime in The Bellagio, Las Vegas. In 1999, he left to become the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food. In April 2003, he opened his 70-seat restaurant, wd~50, named for the chef's initials and the street address, as well as a pun on WD-40, on Clinton Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The eatery was awarded a Michelin star in 2006. Wd-50 has also been recognized as one of the Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S. by GAYOT.com.

In 2006, Dufresne competed on Iron Chef America. From 2007-2010, he appeared as a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef. He was invited to participate in Top Chef Masters in 2009 where he placed third out of four in the preliminary rounds. Dufresne also appeared in the final of the United Kingdom version of Masterchef.

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  • One Award-Winning Chef — and His Surprisingly Cheap Eating Habits

    Dufresne takes the foil-wrapped sandwich with him down 23rd Street, walking at a rapid clip. He’s dressed more like a hiker than a world-renowned chef revered for artfully plated, scientifically forward food, including delicacies like fried mayonnaise and savory everything-bagel ice cream.

  • Wylie Dufresne Is the Magician of Offbeat Flavors at Du’s Donuts

    Today marks the return of science-forward chef Wylie Dufresne with the debut of Du’s Donuts, his deceptively simple doughnut and coffee shop in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel. Du’s opened at 8 a.m. today with 1,000 fresh-made doughnuts that are on track to sell out by mid-afternoon sold out as of 2:41 p.m.

  • Du's Donuts: 'Top Chef' delivers elevated comfort food to Darien

    One reason Chef Wylie Dufresne got into the doughnut business is because “they’ve been around long enough to prove they aren’t a fad.” “No disrespect to the cupcake,” he added. “I’m not going into the cupcake business.”

  • Why Molecular Gastronomy Was Far More Than a Fad in the Restaurant World

    Wylie Dufresne stands back to watch his employee operate a culinary Rube Goldberg machine. “This is Junior. He’s been with me since the opening of WD~50,” Dufresne says, recalling the groundbreaking molecular-gastronomy mecca he operated in New York from 2003 to 2014.

  • Wylie Dufresne, Who Opened New York's Most Out-There Restaurant, on What He's Up to Now

    Wylie Dufresne has a cold. “There are so many things coursing through my veins right now,” the chef says between hacking coughs, “I’m not sure which ones are helping and which aren’t.” It is perhaps understandable that Dufresne finds his immune system currently compromised, as a lot of things are happening all at once for the innovative chef.

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    Booking fees for Wylie Dufresne, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wylie Dufresne, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wylie Dufresne for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wylie Dufresne for your next private or corporate function.
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Wylie Dufresne Biography

Wylie Dufresne is a Rhode Island native that started in the food industry running his great-grandfather’s diner. He has had a decorated culinary career, winning a James Beard award, Michelin star and becoming a leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, the movement to incorporate science into food presentation and preparation. Best known for his ingenious creations at renowned wd~50 and Alder, Chef Dufresnse now leads the popular Du’s Donuts where he applies his imagination and inventive techniques to crafting the most amazing donuts. This latest venture makes his favorite customers, his two daughters, exceptionally happy – and also a favorite at school career day.

Dufresne is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York. In 1992, Wylie completed a B.A. in philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. From 1994 through 1999, he worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where he was eventually named sous chef. In 1998 he was chef de cuisine at Vongerichten's Prime in The Bellagio, Las Vegas. In 1999, he left to become the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food. In April 2003, he opened his 70-seat restaurant, wd~50, named for the chef's initials and the street address, as well as a pun on WD-40, on Clinton Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The eatery was awarded a Michelin star in 2006. Wd-50 has also been recognized as one of the Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S. by GAYOT.com.

In 2006, Dufresne competed on Iron Chef America. From 2007-2010, he appeared as a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef. He was invited to participate in Top Chef Masters in 2009 where he placed third out of four in the preliminary rounds. Dufresne also appeared in the final of the United Kingdom version of Masterchef.

Wylie Dufresne Videos

  • Wylie Dufresne Reinvents the Breakfast Sandwich with Cara Nicoletti
    Cara Nicoletti is joined by Wylie Dufresne, the American chef behind wd-50 that helped bring molecular gastronomy to NY, to show us how to add a...
  • The Perfect Doughnut, According to Wylie Dufresne
    In Manhattan, chef Wylie Dufresne is practically synonymous with fine dining. As the owner of critically-acclaimed restaurants like wd~50 and Alder,...
  • Wd~50: The Last Days Of Wylie Dufresne's New York City Restaurant |...
    On Nov. 30, 2014, many of the food world's biggest names arrived at 50 Clinton Street in the city's Lower East Side. David Chang was there. Daniel...

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  • How to book Wylie Dufresne?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wylie Dufresne for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Wylie Dufresne, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wylie Dufresne or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wylie Dufresne?

    Booking fees for Wylie Dufresne, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wylie Dufresne, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wylie Dufresne?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wylie Dufresne for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wylie Dufresne for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wylie Dufresne or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wylie Dufresne or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wylie Dufresne is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wylie Dufresne for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Wylie Dufresne generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Blais, David Chang, Calvin Trillin, Patrick Byrne and Jeffrey Archer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wylie Dufresne for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Wylie Dufresne Speaker Videos

  • Wylie Dufresne Reinvents the Breakfast Sandwich with Cara Nicoletti
    Cara Nicoletti is joined by Wylie Dufresne, the American chef behind wd-50 that helped bring molecular gastronomy to NY, to show us how to add a scientific twist to a breakfast classic: the bacon egg...
    The Perfect Doughnut, According to Wylie Dufresne
    In Manhattan, chef Wylie Dufresne is practically synonymous with fine dining. As the owner of critically-acclaimed restaurants like wd~50 and Alder, Dufresne brought the concept of molecular...
  • Wd~50: The Last Days Of Wylie Dufresne's New York City Restaurant | TIME
    On Nov. 30, 2014, many of the food world's biggest names arrived at 50 Clinton Street in the city's Lower East Side. David Chang was there. Daniel Boulud too. The chefs were among the 72 diners who...
    Who's Who Inductee Wylie Dufresne
    Produced for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards by Linton Media in collaboration with Bowen and Company.
  • The Incredible Egg: Wylie Dufresne at TEDxCambridge
    Chef Wylie Dufresne talks about his favorite food - the humble egg - and the amazing things he has been able to transform it into.
    Wylie Dufresne at MAD2: An Appetite for Knowledge - YouTube

Wylie Dufresne News

  • One Award-Winning Chef — and His Surprisingly Cheap Eating Habits

    Dufresne takes the foil-wrapped sandwich with him down 23rd Street, walking at a rapid clip. He’s dressed more like a hiker than a world-renowned chef revered for artfully plated, scientifically forward food, including delicacies like fried mayonnaise and savory everything-bagel ice cream.

  • Wylie Dufresne Is the Magician of Offbeat Flavors at Du’s Donuts

    Today marks the return of science-forward chef Wylie Dufresne with the debut of Du’s Donuts, his deceptively simple doughnut and coffee shop in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel. Du’s opened at 8 a.m. today with 1,000 fresh-made doughnuts that are on track to sell out by mid-afternoon sold out as of 2:41 p.m.

  • Du's Donuts: 'Top Chef' delivers elevated comfort food to Darien

    One reason Chef Wylie Dufresne got into the doughnut business is because “they’ve been around long enough to prove they aren’t a fad.” “No disrespect to the cupcake,” he added. “I’m not going into the cupcake business.”

  • Why Molecular Gastronomy Was Far More Than a Fad in the Restaurant World

    Wylie Dufresne stands back to watch his employee operate a culinary Rube Goldberg machine. “This is Junior. He’s been with me since the opening of WD~50,” Dufresne says, recalling the groundbreaking molecular-gastronomy mecca he operated in New York from 2003 to 2014.

  • Wylie Dufresne, Who Opened New York's Most Out-There Restaurant, on What He's Up to Now

    Wylie Dufresne has a cold. “There are so many things coursing through my veins right now,” the chef says between hacking coughs, “I’m not sure which ones are helping and which aren’t.” It is perhaps understandable that Dufresne finds his immune system currently compromised, as a lot of things are happening all at once for the innovative chef.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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