Famous French Chefs
Paul Bocuse was born February 11, 1926 in Claude Maret's restaurant de la Soierie in Lyon. During World War II, Bocuse enlisted in the first french division at BM 24. During his service, he was shot but recovered after being treated. Afterwards, he returned to his apprenticeship at La Mère Brasier where one of his main duties was cooking. After leaving behind his title as apprentice, he transformed his father's suburban cafe and began to take on the cuisinary challenge. In 1975, he was given the Legion of Honour by the President of the Republic Mr Valéry Giscard d'Estaing at The Elysée Palace. By 1989, Paul Bocuse was elected " Chef of the Century" by Gault and Millau. Today, Paul Bucose is still considered one of the greatest cuisinary chefs of his time.near Lyon. At 16 years old, he became an apprentice at
Hélène Darroze didn't realize she wanted to become a chef until her mid-twenties. Darroze has come from a long line of restaurant and hotel owners. She attended college at Sup de Co Bordeaux and graduated with a BA in Business. In completing her education, she worked in a palace, where she met Alain Ducasse, and her career flew from there. At 33 years old , she began proving herself as a true French chef. She started off working in the family business at their "Relais & Chateau hotel and restaurant in Villeneuve-de-Marsan in the Southwest of France" and began work on opening her own restaurant.
On September 13th 1956, one of France's greatest French chefs was born. In 1972 at age sixteen, Alain Ducasse began his apprenticeship at the Pavillion Landais restaurant in Soustons and at the Bordeaux hotel school. Afterwards he started working for Michael Guérard and Gaston Lenôtre during the summer months. While working for them, he learned Provençal cooking methods, for which he would be later known. Ducasse became highly famous in the restaurant and hotel business, owning some of the finest establishments such as Louis XV, which became the first hotel to be awarded three stars in the Red Guide. Ducasse came to the United States and in June 2000 opened the Alain Ducasse restaurant in New York City's Jumeirah Essex House hotel, receiving the Red Guide's three stars in December 2001.