Ameristar Casino Resort
St. Charles, MO
A native Chicagoan, Chef Don Yamauchi was drawn into the restaurant industry at an early age. Don studied his craft at the Culinary School of Kendall College in Evanston, Ill. and honed his skills in some of Midwest’s finest restaurants, including top positions with Carlos Restaurant in Highwood, Ill., Gordon Restaurant in Chicago, Le Francais in Wheeling, Ill., Tribute in Farmington Hills, Forte in Birmingham and Saltwater in Detroit.
Don’s fresh take on upscale comfort-inspired foods has earned him notoriety among such influential area publications as Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Food and Wine, HOUR Detroit, Crain’s Detroit Business and the Detroit News.
Don has been nationally featured in Bon Appetit and Wine Spectator and was named among Food & Wine’s Top 10 New Chefs in America. He is a James Beard Society’s Rising Chef nominee, and most recently was awarded the Presidents Medallion from the ACF.