Inspired by the vibrant hues and decadent flavors of South Florida’s breezy coastal landscape, DUNE by Laurent Tourondel brings Fort Lauderdale an elevated dining experience unlike any other. Helmed by globally-renowned Chef Tourondel—whose unrelenting passion brought forth an award-winning portfolio of restaurants throughout the world—DUNE ushers in a new era of contemporary American cuisine characterized by an emphasis on creativity and innovation. DUNE by Laurent Tourondel in collaboration with
NYC’s WeChef Hospitality, is set within the Auberge Residence, where refinement, elegance and oceanfront dining is the order of the day.
A native of France, Chef Laurent Tourondel, LT, parlayed his love of food at an early age into a four-year program at Saint Vincent Ecole de Cuisine in Montlucon, France, where he earned a certificate d'aptitude professionnelle. He then worked for notable chefs Jacques Maximin at Restaurant Ledoyen in France and at Restaurant Mercury at the Hotel InterContinental in Moscow. Tourondel then moved on to the three-star Michelin Relais & Chateaux Troisgros’ before taking a post as Executive Chef of Potel & Chabot catering in New York City. He held Executive Chef stints at Palace Court Restaurant at the world-famous Caesar's Palace Hotel & Casino,
Las Vegas and the impressive Cello in New York City.
Tourondel is a well-respected visionary in the restaurant industry. He went on to open BLT Steak,
a steakhouse concept with locations in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Hawaii,
Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Dallas, White Plains and Washington, D.C. Additionally, he opened BLT Fish New York, where he received 3-star reviews from Frank Bruni in The New York Times and one Michelin Star. Further locations included BLT Prime New York, BLT Burger New York, Vegas, Hong Kong, BLT Market New York, LT Burger in the Harbor and Bryant Park, BLT American Brasserie in Chicago, LT Signature and Arlington Club, Brklyn Beer Garden in JFK Airport, LT Signature in Panama, LT Bar & Grill and a Private Club named Seven in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Bon Appétit magazine named Tourondel Restaurateur of the Year which guaranteed his place among the top in the culinary world. Tourondel has published three cookbooks, Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood (J. Wiley & Sons, 2004), Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro Cooking (J. Wiley & Sons, 2007), which earned him a 2008 James Beard Foundation Award nomination and Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel, (J. Wiley & Sons, 2010).
The current Laurent Tourondel Hospitality (LTH) portfolio includes: L’Amico | The Vine | Caffeine Café in Westhampton | LT Burger in New York (Sag Harbor & Westhampton) | LT Bar & Grill in New Jersey | Sag Pizza | BLT Steak in Charlotte. For more information visit