Chef Bouley got an early start in kitchens, and lit out for Europe to learn. In 1985 he opened Montrachet, an ambitious French restaurant in Manhattan, with Drew Nieporent. The restaurant was a great hit, and soon he had his own place, Bouley, a very fine restaurant with a downtown vibe. Bouley has two restaurants now. One, bearing his name, is the source of this signature Mushroom Flan dish he shared with Wine Spectator.