Although Ronny Emborg heads up the first United States’ restaurant to appear on this list, he hails from Denmark. In fact, he trained at the Molskroen Hotel and Restaurant in Hovedgaden, Denmark, before working as a chef for the country’s Queen Margaret II. 

To leave the royal family behind, he needed nothing but the best, which he received when he joined the Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, working at the Michelin-starred Marchal. He was named Chef of the Year in Denmark in 2007 before heading AOC in Copenhagen, where he earned his very own Michelin star.

In 2015, Emborg joined the team at Atera in New York, where he earned two stars as executive chef for his “sensory kitchen.”