Le Gourmand has won national and international acclaim in articles ranging from the International Herald Tribune to the New York Times. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants calls it, "A rare place. Le Gourmand restores your faith in cooking for the love of it."In 1976, Bruce Naftaly arrived in Seattle to study singing with Carlyle Kelley. Having a passionate interest in French cooking, he took a position as dishwasher at the legendary Rosellini's Other Place restaurant that summer. He fell instantly in love with restaurant life and cooking and set out to learn all he could about flavor and technique. In 1977 he became head chef of Rosellini's Other Place, a meteoric rise by any standard and was hailed by the Seattle Weekly as "Seattle's most brilliant young chef."