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chef , restaurant owner

Jeffrey Alan Buben, American restaurant owner, chef. Vidalia named one of nation's best new restaurants Bon Appetit, 1984; named Restauranteur of Year, Washingtonian, 1994, Chef of Year, National Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, 1996; recipient DiRona award, 1996; nominated Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, James Beard Foundation Perrier-Joliet award, 1994-1996.


Buben, Jeffrey Alan was born on October 8, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Alvin Alexander and Helen (Thomas) Buben.


Associate in Occupational Science, Culinary Institute America, 1978.


Chef de partie, Sign of the Dove, New York City, 1978-1979;chef de partie, Four Seasons Hotel Corporation, Washington and New York City, 1980-1982;chef de partie, Le Cygne, New York City, 1982-1983;chef de partie, Le Chantilly, New York City, 1983-1984;chef de cuisine, La Bagatelle, Washington, 1984;chef de cuisine, Nicholas, The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, 1984-1986;executive chef, Occidental, Washington, 1986-1993;chef, owner, Vidalia Restaurant, Washington, since 1993.


Board of directors Christmas for Homeless, Washington, 1992-1995. Active Share Our Strenght, Washington, since 1986. Member mentor program Culinary Institute American, Hyde Park, New York, since 1993.

Member chef coalition Public Voice, Washington, since 1992. Member Culinary Institute Alumni Association, Association Wine and Food, National Restaurant Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hunting, fishing.


Married Sarah Warren Woollen, May 19, 1984. Children: Sarah MacPhail, John Alexander, Thomas McLean.

Alvin Alexander Buben

Helen (Thomas) Buben

Sarah Warren Woollen

Sarah MacPhail Buben

John Alexander Buben

Thomas McLean Buben