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Charlie's Story

Influenced by his upstate New York childhood experience working in his family’s vegetable garden, Charlie Palmer was an early advocate of farm over factory food. In 1988, he made a landmark commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime three-star Aureole, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Aureole moved 20 years later to a theatre district location in the heart of Times Square at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, where it flourished for 12 years before shifting to a virtual model, Aureole at Home, in June 2020. During its 30 years as a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Aureole earned 13 Michelin stars and two James Beard awards.  

Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutique hotels—many in equally significant historical locations and each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Charlie Palmer Steak NYC, AperiBar at LUMA Hotel Times Square, Charlie Palmer at The Knick and St. Cloud Rooftop Bar at The Knickerbocker Hotel, Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (Reno, Nevada), Charlie Palmer Steak and Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar at Archer Hotel (Napa, California), and Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County in California). Learn more at

“Hospitality is like everything else. It has to evolve.”

James Beard Foundation “Best Chef in America 1997” and "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America 1998.” Serves as board member for Culinary Institute of America, presented with an honorary doctorate in April 2018.

Author of Great American Food (Random House/1996), Charlie Palmer's Casual Cooking (Harper Collins/2001), The Art of Aureole, (Ten Speed Press/2002), Charlie Palmer's Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen (Melcher Media/2006), Remington Camp Cooking by Charlie Palmer (Charlie Palmer Group/2013), and Charlie Palmer’s American Fare (Grand Central Life & Style/April 2015).