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Barbara Ellen Lazaroff (Born New York, NY) is primarily known as a designer and restaurateur.
Barbara Lazaroff is known for conception and execution of singularly unique restaurants. Her innovative restaurant themes and designs have received much critical acclaim over the years and were featured in many magazines and books.
To those in the Restaurant & Hospitality industry, Barbara Lazaroff is primarily known for a few things:
- Popularizing fine dining with a casual style
- Her unique restaurant designs
- Popularizing the open/exhibition kitchen in American fine dining restaurants
Barbara Lazaroff first landed on the restaurant design and hostess scene in 1982 with the original Spago, Spago in West Hollywood, CA, created and run in collaboration with her business partner and former husband, Chef Wolfgang Puck. Interiors magazine wrote that it quickly became a “legend” as it "lured a celebrity crowd to dine on gourmet pizza and other culinary delicacies” after Lazaroff "transformed a neglected shack above the Sunset Strip into what became the prototype for many California restaurants; a sparkling exhibition kitchen, art-filled interior, and easy indoor-outdoor flow of space." (Interiors magazine, July 1998). Spago Hollywood won the James Beard Foundation's Best Restaurant Award in 1994.
Lazaroff's other design projects include the original design of Spago Beverly Hills, Granita, Eureka Restaurant and Brewery and Chinois on Main in Santa Monica.
In addition to her restaurant and design work, Lazaroff holds film credits as a producer and writer for such works as the 2013 documentary, Femme, which featured 100 interviews with prominent women from around the world. She also co-authored a book, Wishes for a Mother's Heart, with Tricia LaVoice, and was featured in RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich Fulfilling Lives, co-written by Dale Griffths Stamos and W. Scott Griffiths.
In May 1997, Barbara Lazaroff and Chef Wolfgang Puck, her business partner and then-husband, owned 36 restaurants, ObaChine in Seattle, featuring Southeast Asian cuisine and decor, being their 36th.
Barbara Lazaroff and her former husband Chef Puck co-own and operate several fine dining restaurants:
- Chinois On Main – Santa Monica, CA (Los Angeles) ~ Opened 1983, designed by Barbara Lazaroff
- Spago – Las Vegas, NV ~ Reopened June 2019 at a new site, the Bellagio so outdoor tables face the Bellagio fountain and sprays
- Spago – Beverly Hills, CA (Los Angeles) ~ Opened 1997, originally designed by Barbara Lazaroff
- Trattoria Del Lupo – Las Vegas, NV ~ Opened 1999
- Spago – Maui, HI ~ Opened 2001
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Las Vegas, NV ~ Opened 2004
- CUT – Beverly Hills, CA (Los Angeles) ~ Opened 2006
- Wolfgang Puck American Grille – Atlantic City, NJ ~ Opened 2006
Several other fine dining restaurants Barbara Lazaroff & Chef Puck co-owned closed after long successful runs:
- Postrio – San Francisco, CA ~ Opened 1989, closed after 20 years
- Postrio – Las Vegas, NV ~ Opened 2000, closed April 2015 after 15 years
- Chinois – Las Vegas, NV ~ Opened 1998
- Vert – Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles) ~ Opened 2002
- 20.21 – Minneapolis, MN ~ Opened 2005
- Red Seven @The Pacific Design Center (W.P. Catering Division) – West Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles) ~ Opened 2007
- Spago – Las Vegas, NV] ~ Opened 1992 at Caesars Palace Forum Shops, closed after 26 years to move to the Bellagio
Barbara Lazaroff has won numerous Design, Business and Humanitarian awards. These are a few of those awards.
- 1991 — Look West Award, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise
- 1991 — Platinum Circle Award, Restaurant/Hotel Design Magazine
- 1992 — The Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach
- 1994 — Assopiastrelle Design Award, Association of Ceramic Tile & Refractory Manufacturers, Italy
- 1994 — Los Angeles Times, StyleFest Award
- 1995 — Hospitality Design Award, Dupont Antron
- 1996 — The Ray Bradbury Creativity Award, presented by Ray Bradbury himself (photo). The Woodbury University Ray Bradbury Creativity Award is presented to individuals who embody the creative spark and social conscience that characterizes Bradbury’s work. Mr. Bradbury presented this annual Creativity Award to Barbara himself.
- 2006 — Interior Designers Institute, Excellence in Design Award
- 2007 — Art to Life Award for Interior Design, Art and Living Magazine
(This does not include the many awards the restaurants she designed have won.)
- 1986 — Honors Profiles, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise
- 1992 — Cal State University, Northridge, Recognition of Distinctive Excellence
- 1993 — Nation’s Restaurant News, MUFSO Special Recognition (Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference)
- 1994 — Restaurant of the Year – SPAGO HOLLYWOOD, James Beard Foundation
- 1994 — Business and Professional Women’s Award, United Jewish Fund
- 1995 — Hot Concept Award, National Restaurant Association /Lazaroff & Puck
- 1995 — Victoria Magazine, Women in Hospitality Award for Industry Excellence and Entrepreneurial Spirit
- 1996 — Restaurant & Institution’s Top 100 Independent Restaurants – SPAGO HOLLYWOOD /Lazaroff & Puck
- 1997 — Innovator Award, Nation’s Restaurant News /Lazaroff & Puck
- 1998 — Top 10 List of Businesses Visa Award, The Best of Los Angeles – Gayot Publications/Gault Millau /Lazaroff & Puck
- 1999 — UCLA Extension, Restaurant Industry Innovation Award for Creative Partnership / Lazaroff & Puck
- 2000 — High Impact Restaurant Leadership Award, Restaurant Business
- 2000 — Millennium Hall of Fame Award, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) -Los Angeles Chapter
- 2000 — Outstanding Achievements in Business & Community Contributions, Women in Business, Los Angeles
- 2001 — Women Chef & Restaurateurs’ Golden Fork Award (sponsored by the Culinary Institute of America)
- 2006 — Special Recognition Award, The Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, Los Angeles Chapter
- 2006 — NEWH – The Network of the Hospitality Industry, Award of Recognition
- 2011 — Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Making a Difference Awards’ Nominee
- 2013 — National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles, NAWBO-LA Legacy Award
Barbara Lazaroff has received over 47 awards for her community and international contributions, for her caring and giving. These include:
- Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Special Recognition, 1989
- City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, Certificate of Appreciation, 1989
- Spirit of Beverly Hills Award, 2005
- Hall of Fame Award, QUEST Children’s Organization, Lazaroff & Puck, 1990
- Social Concern Award, American Jewish Committee, /Lazaroff & Puck, 1991
- St. Vincent Meals-on-Wheels, Thanks for being an Angel, Lazaroff & Puck, 1982
- Scholarship Fund Award, Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired /Lazaroff & Puck, 1993
- James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award, 1994
- The Serra Project Visionary Award, 2011
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Innovator Award, 2013
- American Cancer Society, California Spirit XXIX Award, 2013
- Recognition of Generosity to Sheba Medical Center, 2016
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