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Bruce Bromberg
Brothers, chefs and restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg have set culinary trends and ignited passions for almost 20 years, most notably as founders and guiding forces behind the Blue Ribbon Restaurants Group.

In their early twenties, Bruce and Eric Bromberg each attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, graduating with the highest honors with Eric holding the distinction of being the first American to teach classes at the prestigious school. In the late 80s and early 90s, Eric followed cooking school with apprenticeships at top restaurants in France, including Le Recamier in Paris. He then cooked at Raoul's and Jonathan Waxman's JAMS in New York City, the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, and Nick and Eddie in Manhattan. Bruce also worked at the American Hotel before attending Le Cordon Bleu, and then apprenticed in Paris at Le Recamier, Bistro du Louvre and the Michelin two-star Duquesnoy. He learned the art of bread baking at Boulangerie Poilâne in Paris and haute cuisine at Michelin three-star restaurant Pierre Gagnaire in Saint-Etienne.

In 1992, the brothers created the first Blue Ribbon in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. The original Blue Ribbon restaurant ushered in a new era in dining, one with no reservations and an eclectic mix of familiar and fine foods dressed up or down.

From 1992 to 2011, Blue Ribbon Restaurants have been recognized with a slew of "Top 10" and "Best Of" awards from publications including Wine Spectator, Zagat, Time Out New York, The New York Press, New York magazine and The New York Observer and many more. The original Blue Ribbon received Gourmet magazine's prestigious America's Top Table title in 1996, and was Food & Wine magazine's pick for Chef's Choice Best Dining in 2003. The Blue Ribbon burger was also selected as one of Martha Stewart's top nine favorite NYC burgers on her television show MARTHA in 2009. Eric and Bruce were James Beard Award Restaurateur of the year Semi-Finalists in 2010, and James Beard Award Restaurateur of the year Finalists in 2011.

Blog Entries by Bruce Bromberg

The Big Island and Beyond

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:26 PM

From the moment I was invited to participate in the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour in Kona, Hawaii the image that was firmly imbedded in my mind was one of grandiose resorts lining the over populated sandy shores and the obligatory, all you can eat, Luau buffet dinner, tiki torches...

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An Unanticipated Journey, A Very Memorable Meal

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 6:45 AM

It's been almost a year now since my brother Eric and I went to Los Angeles to check out a potential restaurant spot for the first-ever West Coast Blue Ribbon. Time was tight, I was leaving for Nepal just a few days later, and so the trip would...

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Tour De Food: Building Friendships And A Safari Lodge In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Zimbabwe is a country of great contrasts: extreme wealth and desperate poverty, beauty and disgrace, unwavering pride and deep shame, unabashed joy and unbearable suffering. Zimbabwe is a country like no other. Under a tyrant's rule for over 30 years, the people have learned how to survive and even flourish...

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Excerpts From Trekking Nepal: In Search Of Chukung-Tse

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 8:23 AM

My mind races nervously, looking for any sign of a path or a way up. I asked Jawane, our angelic Sherpa guide who was effortlessly leading two friends and I on a 21-day journey of the Everest region, what he thought about our predicament. For the first time in over...

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A Culinary Road, Best Seen By Bike

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 12:00 PM

The USA Pro Cycling Tour has finally come to town and I am tagging along for the ride. Many of the boys who had valiantly battled the Alps and Pyrenees just weeks before in a quest for the most coveted title in all of competitive sport, The Tour de France,...

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