Meet the man behind one of the world’s most successful restaurant empires

If you’re even remotely interested in quality cuisine, you’re well aware of Daniel Boulud. The chef has amassed a whopping 11 James Beard awards during his legendary career. He currently holds four Michelin stars. But far less familiar to these same gourmands is the name Sebastien Silvestri. As CEO of The Dinex Group (founded by Boulud back in 1992), he is instrumental in the day-to-day operation of a restaurant empire that now includes 18 venues—including nine in New York, alone.