Maybe so, but he was picked to be in the Vitamix naked chefs with their blender calendar and Fieri wasn't :~)
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At the age of 28, Palladin garnered two Michelin stars, the youngest chef in France to have done so. He was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1987 and was the recipient of the first-ever James Beard Award for Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic) in 1991. Two years later, he received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
Pretty sad commentary that people know Fieri, whereas Palladin gets a 'huh, who?" response.