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Grant Achatz is a chef and restaurateur, often recognized for his contributions to molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. His Chicago restaurant Alinea has won numerous accolades, and Achatz himself has won numerous awards from prominent culinary institutions and publications, including the "Rising Star Chef of the Year Award" for 2003, "Best Chef in the United States" for 2008 and a 2012 "Who's Who Inductee" from the James Beard Foundation. His restaurant, Alinea, was named "Best Restaurant in America" by Gourmet Magazine.

After opening, Alinea rapidly garnered top ratings from Mobil, AAA, Zagat, the Chicago Tribune, Time Out, Gayot, and was named to the Top 50 Restaurants in the World by Restaurant Magazine, UK.

In the midst of this unprecedented success, Chef Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the tongue. He was informed that if he did not start treatment immediately he would die. Faced with a terminal diagnosis if left untreated, and told by most doctors that treatment would involve removing his tongue, Achatz instead sought a clinical trial at the University of Chicago and endured over 20 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. He lost the ability to taste. He is now cancer free and in full remission.

Achatz grew up in a restaurant family in St. Clair, Mich., working at his parents' side in the family-owned diner from the time he was 12 years old. Early on he realized he wanted to be a chef, and after graduating from high school, he immediately enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America.

Excelling at the C.I.A., Achatz graduated and ascended the culinary ladder at several prestigious restaurants, including Napa Valley's acclaimed The French Laundry. Working closely with Chef Thomas Keller, Achatz thrived in this highly creative, dedicated environment, and after two years rose to the position of sous chef . Two years later, Achatz chose to broaden his knowledge and left The French Laundry to work as an assistant winemaker at the nearby La Jota Vineyards.

In 2001, Achatz accepted the position of executive chef at Trio in Evanston, Ill., where he flourished. His accolades included Food & Wine's "Best New Chefs in America" in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation's "Rising Star Chef in America" in 2003. Under Achatz' leadership, Trio received four stars from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine and garnered five stars from the celebrated Mobil Travel Guide in 2004.

In mid-2004, Achatz partnered with Nick Kokonas to create Alinea. Together they wrote a business plan, created an innovative marketing approach and assembled a team of talented collaborators that would open Alinea on time and on budget just eight months later.

Opening night saw Frank Bruni, head food critic of the New York Times, dining near author Michael Ruhlman, writers from Gourmet Magazine, a host of local press and foodies from around the country. The New York Times Dining Section opined that Alinea's "milestone" opening "boldly raise[d] the stakes."

In addition to Alinea, Grant and his business partner Nick Kokonas conceived Next, a restaurant that uses a unique ticketing system in Chicago. Next opened in 2011, earning immediate praise. Reservations for Achatz's restaurant, are so sought after, that tickets could be purchased for up to $500 per person.

Alinea, Next and Chef Achatz have continued to receive international attention for the hypermodern, emotionally engaging approach Achatz brings to dining. Since its opening, Alinea has been one of the world's most scrutinized and heralded restaurants, featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and on thousands of websites. Achatz, meanwhile, has become a fixture of television shows and awards ceremonies, and through his perseverance, candor, and tenacity has become inspiration beyond the culinary world.

In 2016 Achatz and his team launched two consecutive multi-week pop-up experiences in Madrid, Spain, and Miami, Florida, over the course of Alinea’s closure.

In 2016, Achatz appeared on season two of the Netflix series Chef’s Table. In 2018, Achatz appeared as a judge on the Netflix series The Final Table.

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Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

Life, on the Line Publisher: Gotham

Life, on the Line Publisher: Gotham

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Grant Achatz Biography

Grant Achatz is a chef and restaurateur, often recognized for his contributions to molecular gastronomy or progressive cuisine. His Chicago restaurant Alinea has won numerous accolades, and Achatz himself has won numerous awards from prominent culinary institutions and publications, including the "Rising Star Chef of the Year Award" for 2003, "Best Chef in the United States" for 2008 and a 2012 "Who's Who Inductee" from the James Beard Foundation. His restaurant, Alinea, was named "Best Restaurant in America" by Gourmet Magazine.

After opening, Alinea rapidly garnered top ratings from Mobil, AAA, Zagat, the Chicago Tribune, Time Out, Gayot, and was named to the Top 50 Restaurants in the World by Restaurant Magazine, UK.

In the midst of this unprecedented success, Chef Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the tongue. He was informed that if he did not start treatment immediately he would die. Faced with a terminal diagnosis if left untreated, and told by most doctors that treatment would involve removing his tongue, Achatz instead sought a clinical trial at the University of Chicago and endured over 20 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. He lost the ability to taste. He is now cancer free and in full remission.

Achatz grew up in a restaurant family in St. Clair, Mich., working at his parents' side in the family-owned diner from the time he was 12 years old. Early on he realized he wanted to be a chef, and after graduating from high school, he immediately enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America.

Excelling at the C.I.A., Achatz graduated and ascended the culinary ladder at several prestigious restaurants, including Napa Valley's acclaimed The French Laundry. Working closely with Chef Thomas Keller, Achatz thrived in this highly creative, dedicated environment, and after two years rose to the position of sous chef . Two years later, Achatz chose to broaden his knowledge and left The French Laundry to work as an assistant winemaker at the nearby La Jota Vineyards.

In 2001, Achatz accepted the position of executive chef at Trio in Evanston, Ill., where he flourished. His accolades included Food & Wine's "Best New Chefs in America" in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation's "Rising Star Chef in America" in 2003. Under Achatz' leadership, Trio received four stars from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago magazine and garnered five stars from the celebrated Mobil Travel Guide in 2004.

In mid-2004, Achatz partnered with Nick Kokonas to create Alinea. Together they wrote a business plan, created an innovative marketing approach and assembled a team of talented collaborators that would open Alinea on time and on budget just eight months later.

Opening night saw Frank Bruni, head food critic of the New York Times, dining near author Michael Ruhlman, writers from Gourmet Magazine, a host of local press and foodies from around the country. The New York Times Dining Section opined that Alinea's "milestone" opening "boldly raise[d] the stakes."

In addition to Alinea, Grant and his business partner Nick Kokonas conceived Next, a restaurant that uses a unique ticketing system in Chicago. Next opened in 2011, earning immediate praise. Reservations for Achatz's restaurant, are so sought after, that tickets could be purchased for up to $500 per person.

Alinea, Next and Chef Achatz have continued to receive international attention for the hypermodern, emotionally engaging approach Achatz brings to dining. Since its opening, Alinea has been one of the world's most scrutinized and heralded restaurants, featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and on thousands of websites. Achatz, meanwhile, has become a fixture of television shows and awards ceremonies, and through his perseverance, candor, and tenacity has become inspiration beyond the culinary world.

In 2016 Achatz and his team launched two consecutive multi-week pop-up experiences in Madrid, Spain, and Miami, Florida, over the course of Alinea’s closure.

In 2016, Achatz appeared on season two of the Netflix series Chef’s Table. In 2018, Achatz appeared as a judge on the Netflix series The Final Table.

Grant Achatz Videos

  • Alinea - Grant Achatz
  • Grant Achatz Chef's Table- Tongue Cancer
    When Grant Achatz Developed Tongue Cancer
  • Chef Grant Achatz Leading Once-in-a-Lifetime Hot Dog Tour of Chicago
    One Robb Report reader will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the Chicago dog with Achatz. He’ll whisk you through a tour of the...

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  • How to book Grant Achatz?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Grant Achatz for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment 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. Fill out a booking request form for Grant Achatz, 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 Grant Achatz or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Grant Achatz?

    Booking fees for Grant Achatz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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 Grant Achatz, 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 Grant Achatz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Grant Achatz 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 Grant Achatz 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 Grant Achatz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Grant Achatz 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.

Grant Achatz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Grant Achatz for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Grant Achatz generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, Rick Bayless, Fabio Viviani and Buddy Valastro. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Grant Achatz for an upcoming event.

Grant Achatz Speaker Videos

  • Alinea - Grant Achatz
    Grant Achatz Chef's Table- Tongue Cancer
    When Grant Achatz Developed Tongue Cancer
  • Chef Grant Achatz Leading Once-in-a-Lifetime Hot Dog Tour of Chicago
    One Robb Report reader will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the Chicago dog with Achatz. He’ll whisk you through a tour of the city’s best purveyors, from the raucous Wiener’s...
    Grant Achatz and the Culinary Cutting Edge - YouTube
  • Interview with Grant Achatz from Alinea/Next in Chicago - YouTube
    Chef Grant Achatz of Alinea - YouTube

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