Thierry Rautureau, nicknamed The Chef In The Hat, is the chef/owner of restaurants, Loulay and Luc, in Seattle, Washington.
Chef Rautureau apprenticed in Anjou, France, and at twenty moved to the United States to work at several fine restaurants. He became the chef/owner of Rover’s Restaurant in 1987, and before closing its doors in 2013 it helped make him one of the most recognizable chefs around Seattle. Chef Rautureau has won various awards including the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest in 1998 and has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre Du Mérite Agricole by the French government. In 2010, Chef Rautureau opened Luc, a French-American café and bar in Madison Valley, Washington. Then in 2013, he opened Loulay Kitchen & Bar, a French-inspired restaurant that balances the upscale aura of Rover’s with the cozy country-style cooking he enjoyed growing up on the farm in France.