Hall of Fame

The DiRōNA Hall of Fame was established in 1993 with the initial induction of 14 members. Since that time, honorees are selected and recognized annually at the DiRōNA Reunion. Nominees are solicited from the DiRōNA membership and then presented to the Executive Committee. Candidates qualify by having at least 25 years of dedicated service and by making significant contributions to the distinguished dining industry.

Anthony Athanas
Owner
Pier 4
Boston, MA

Reinhard Barthel
Restaurateur
Cafe 36
La Grange, IL

Vincent Bommarito
Owner
Tony’s
St. Louis, MO

Leah Chase
Restaurateur
Dookey Chase Restaurant
New Orleans, LA

Bert Cutino
Owner
The Sardine Factory
Monterey, CA

Dr. William Fisher
CEO
National Restaurant Assoc.
Washington, DC

Vincenzo Gabrielle
Owner
VINCENZo’S
Louisville, KY

Harry Knowles
Founder & Owner
Knowles Hospitality
West Orange, NJ

Jean Leon
Founder & Owner
La Scala
Los Angeles, CA

Tom Margittai
Restaurateur
The Four Seasons
New York, NY

Richard Melman
Owner
Lettuce Entertain You
Chicago, IL

Drew Nieporent
Founder
Myriad Restaurant Group
New York, NY

Karl Ratzsch
Owner
Karl Ratzsch’s
Milwaukee, WI

Bruno Serato
Owner
Anaheim White House
Anaheim, CA

Chuck Templeton
Founder
OpenTable
San Francisco, CA

John Arena
Restaurateur
Hogan’s Restaurant
King City, ON

H. Jerome Berns
Owner
21 Club
New York, NY

Vincent Catania
Owner
Dan’l Webster Inn
Hyannis, MA

Maude Chasen
Owner
Chasen’s
Los Angeles, CA

Remo D’Agliano
Restaurateur
Raffaello Restaurant
Carmel, CA

John Folse
Owner & Chef
Restaurant R’evolution
New Orleans, LA

Richard Gonzmart
Owner
Columbia Restaurant
Tampa, FL

Kurt Knowles Sr.
Founder & Owner
Knowles Hospitality
West Orange, NJ

Warren Leruth
Owner
LeRuth’s
New Orleans, LA

Richard E Marriott
Hotelier
Marriott
Bethesda, MD

Ferdinand Metz
Master Chef
Culinary Institute of America
New York, NY

Cindy Pawlcyn
Owner & Chef
Mustards Grill
Napa, CA

Christianne Ricchi
Owner
i Ricchi
Washington, DC

Alan Stillman
Founder
Smith & Wollensky
New York, NY

Anthony von Mandl
Proprietor
Mission Hill Estates
Kelowna, BC

Ted Balestreri
Owner
Sardine Factory
Monterey, CA

Ella Brennan
Owner
Commander’s Palace
New Orleans, LA

Pat Cetta
Owner
Sparks Steak House
New York, NY

Lee Comisar
Owner
Maisonette
Cincinnati, OH
Mario Ferrari
Owner
Mario’s Ristorante
Nashville, TN

Ken Frank
Owner & Chef
La Toque
Napa, CA

Roland Gotti
Restaurateur
Ernie’s
San Francisco, CA
Paul Kovi
Restaurateur
The Four Seasons
New York, NY

Laura Maioglio
Owner
Barbetta
New York, NY

Chick Marshall
Owner
Mr. Stox
Anaheim, CA

Jasper J Mirabile
Owner
Jasper’s
Kansas City, MO

Rick Powers
Food & Beverage
Beverly’s
Coeur d’Alene, ID

Victor Rosellini
Restaurateur
Rosellini Four-10 Restaurant
Seattle, WA
Richard Swig
Chairman
Fairmont Hotels
San Francisco, CA

Robert Balzer
Journalist
Travel Holiday
Santa Ana, CA

Ralph Brennan
Owner
Brennen’s
New Orleans, LA

Jim Chamberlain
Food Services
EcoLab Inc
St. Paul, MN

Carlton Curtis
Vice President
Coca-Cola Foodservice
Atlanta, GA

Ruth Fertel
Owner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
New Orleans, LA

Agostino Gabrielle
Owner
VINCENZo’S
Louisville, KY

Victor Gotti
Restaurateur
Ernie’s
San Francisco, CA
Jacques Landurie
Owner
les Halles
Montreal, QC

Ti Martin
Co-Proprietor
Commander’s Palace
New Orleans, LA

Tony May
Owner
San Domenico
New York, NY

Robert Mondavi
Vineyward Operator
Mondavi Winery
Napa, CA

Jean-Jacques Rachou
Owner & Chef
La Côte Basque
New York, NY

Allan Schuman
CEO
EcoLab Inc
St. Paul, MN

Louis Szathmary 
Chef Laureate
Johnson & Wales University
Providence, RI

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