5 Saratoga Celebrity Chefs & Their Must-Visit Spa City Restaurants


We all love when a local business or person rises to national fame, and with a food scene like the one here in Saratoga Springs, it’s no wonder there are a few celebrity chefs in our midst.

Check out five Saratoga chefs below who have all appeared on the Food Network. A few have published a cookbook or two!

Armand Vanderstigchel of Brasserie Benelux

Armand Vanderstigchel has several television appearances to his name, including serving as a chicken wing judge on Food Network’s Wrap It Up. He also had his own PBS Mountain Lake cooking series called Adirondack Cuisine that aired in parts of New York State, Vermont, and Canada. His cookbook of the same name was published in 2002, and his cookbook Wings Across America: 150 Outrageously Delicious Chicken-Wing Recipes was released in 2003.

In addition to specializing in Adirondack fare and chicken wings, Vanderstigchel finds inspiration in Belgium/Dutch cuisine, and is known for dishes like Belgian mussels, beer braised short ribs, and Wiener schnitzels. As the son of a Dutch immigrant who also lived in the Netherlands for 17 years, Vanderstigchel has strong Dutch ties to draw from!

Brasserie Benelux opened at 390 Broadway in April of 2021, and offers fare that includes touches of Belgium, Dutch, Polish, German, and other European cuisines. Operations Partner and Owner Vanderstigchel told the Saratoga Business Journal that he wants restaurant guests to feel like they are taking a tour of Europe when they dine at his establishment. But don’t fret chicken wing fans – they’re on the menu too!

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