by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | March 01, 2008

Tyler Florence

Hot stuff: Tyler Florence,
“Sexiest Chef Alive”

They host wildly popular television shows and churn out best-sellers to legions of culinary fans. Now these superstar chefs -- moguls? -- are dishing up their delights at new and soon-to-open U.S. hotel restaurants.

Dubbed the “father of Southwestern cuisine,” Kentucky-born chef Dean Fearing heads up all the dining options at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas (, which opened in 2007. Among signature dishes: maple and black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin with a crispy butternut squash taco.

Chef Tyler Florence, who hosts three Food Network shows and was named the “Sexiest Chef Alive” by People magazine, will open his first restaurant in San Francisco’s Hotel Vertigo (currently the York Hotel) this summer.

Alain Ducasse, the only chef to have restaurants in three different countries each receive three Michelin stars, will open a new high-tech, wine-themed signature restaurant, Adour, this month at The St. Regis Hotel, New York ( Named for the river in southwestern France where Ducasse grew up, Adour will feature fresh, elegant cuisine and a wine bar with an interactive wine list projected from overhead.

British import Gordon Ramsay’s first U.S. restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at The London hotel (, already has earned two Michelin stars. Menu highlights include oven-roasted foie gras and pan-fried fillets of red mullet with fennel puree.