In Wiedmaier's own six restaurants, that success has meant creating a niche and expertly fulfilling it. Wiedmaier maintains varying degrees of his own Belgian heritage throughout his restaurant family, and the distinction allows his relatively small restaurant family to make a big impact on the industry.

The influence is subtle at Marcel's, his elegant haute French flagship restaurant that regularly tops the best-of lists in the nation's capital; Marcel's was rated one of Zagat's America's Top Restaurants in 2012 and has won numerous "Best of Awards of Excellence" by Wine Specator magazine along with its casual Belgian counterpart, Brasserie Beck.

Brasserie Beck is a stylish and relaxed hot spot modeled on a vintage Brussels train station, where you'll find a tempting array of mussel preparations along with extensive charcuterie and shellfish plates, and the area's most comprehensive selection of Belgian beers -- including some brewed exclusively for Wiedmaier.

His partnership with Kimpton Hotels gives him a significant presence across the Potomac in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with Brabo and The Brabo Tasting Room, handsomely designed by Vicente Wolf, is adjacent to the Lorien Hotel & Spa.

Wiedmaier's Mussel Bar & Grille in Bethesda, Maryland is a contemporary evocation of the roadside dives outside Brussels that he used to haunt after hours with his fellow cooks. Besides the delectable selection of mussels, Mussel Bar offers a tempting array of flat- crusted savory Belgian tartes. Next stop: Atlantic City's Revel resort...where Wiedmaier and Brian McBride have brought Mussel Bar & Grille with a rock n' roll edge.

In the late fall of 2012, Robert Wiedmaier opened the doors to his sixth restaurant - Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland with a completely new culinary concept by the Eurocentric chef. Serving fresh, natural dishes free of butter or cream, Wildwood's cuisine draws inspiration from the 23 countries bordering the Mediterranean.