Patrick O'Connell
Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O’Connell

O’Connell is a self-taught culinarian who co-created and co-opened The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., in 1978. Today, he is the sole proprietor. O’Connell’s culinary genius and business acumen has earned The Inn at Little Washington a plethora of the most prestigious culinary accolades. The inn was recognized as the first five-star country house hotel and the first establishment to receive two five-star awards, one for its restaurant and the other for its accommodations in the Mobil Travel Guide, a distinction that remains today. O’Connell also became the first restaurateur to receive five diamonds from AAA for both food and accommodations.

O’Connell has earned a variety of other awards, including the Best Service, Best Wine List, Restaurant of the Year, Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic and Chef of the Year awards from the James Beard Foundation. The Zagat Survey has rated the Inn as number one in all categories for the past 14 years. O’Connell received an honorary doctorate in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University. He is the author of several best-selling cookbooks, is a frequent guest speaker and has appeared on many television shows.

“The Academy is proud to induct Patrick O’Connell into our Hall of Fame as a celebrated chef, as he is recognized around the country as a leader in our industry,” said AAC National Chair Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCE, AAC. “O’Connell now joins fellow celebrated chefs Charlie Trotter, James Beard and Thomas Keller in our Hall of Fame.”