Michel Richard is the chef/owner of Michel Richard Citronelle and Central in Washington, D.C., and Michel at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA, which is set to open the third week of October, 2010. Michel made one of the rarest leaps in the world of food: from the pastry kitchen to chef of some of the country's foremost restaurants. A chef who inspires colleagues with his creativity of invention, he was among the first chefs inducted to the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who in American Food and Wine. He has been a guest on Good Morning America and the Food Network, and has graced the covers of such magazines as Gourmet. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children.