Winner of the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 1999", Jeffrey Buben is the chef and owner of two restaurants in Washington, D.C., Bistro Bis and Woodward Table. Buben was the owner for the iconic Vidalia Restaurant which finally closed its doors after twenty-three years in December 2016. As a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and 40 plus years in the industry, he worked as a young chef in such notable restaurants as The Sign of the Dove, Le Cygne and Le Chantilly in New York and at several distinguished hotels including The Four Seasons, The Mayflower and The Hotel Pierre.
After relocating to Washington, D.C. area in 1984, Buben opened Vidalia in 1993 and was acknowledged by Bon Appétit as one of the “Best New Restaurants.” It continues to garner critical acclaim by both local and national recognition with its regional American cooking delivered with Southern hospitality. Vidalia was inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News prestigious Fine Dining Hall of Fame in 2008. The fall of 1998 heralded the arrival of Buben’s second restaurant, Bistro Bis located at the Hotel George on Capitol Hill. Bis features creative contemporary French bistro cooking with updated renditions of classic fare. With its numerous awards, Bis continues to be the place “Where Statesmen Dine.” Bis has been featured on the Travel Channel as a top restaurant destination in Washington, D.C. Woodward Table, a more casual regional American concept opened in November of 2012 to critical acclaim.
Jeffrey is a partner with his wife Sallie in the restaurants and enjoys promoting and teaching his profession to young cooks. He is active in many local charities and enjoys deep sea fishing.