Monday 24th June, 2013
5:30pm to 10:00pm
**Transportation from designated conference accommodations to Lowndes Grove will be provided. Attendees should arrive in hotel lobby by 5:00pm for timely pick-up and departure.
About This Event
Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and L'Académie Culinaire de France are pleased to welcome you to this highlight of the 2013 North American Conference in Charleston.
Join more than 100 internationally renowned French Master Chefs alongside distinguished guests for an unforgettable Gala Dinner and celebration, hosted by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group and youngest-ever French Master Chef Nico Romo.
This black-tie evening will take place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, amid centuries-old live oak trees and sweeping views of the majestic Ashley River.
Enjoy an exquisite, five-course French dinner presented by Chef Romo and three additional award-winning MCF chefs:
- French Master Chef Didier Lailheugue | Executive Chef, Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta
- French Master Chef Jonathan Jerusalmy | Resort Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Programming, Sea Island
- French Master Chef Olivier Gaupin | Executive Chef, Loews Atlanta Hotel
Honoring the Master Chef of France legacy, the evening will also highlight three prestigious awards - including the The Fauteuil de L’Académie (Chair of The Academy), La Toque d’Argent (Silver Toque MCF) and ACF’s Dame de L’Année (Woman of the Year).
President, Maitre Cuisinier de France Delegation USA-Canada
President Maitres Cuisiniers de France
Chevalier du Merite Agricole
Born and raised in France, Chef Jean Louis Dumonet is the President of the North American Chapter of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France).
He is a member of the James Beard Foundation and has cooked at the James Beard House. In 2010 he was awarded by the French Minister of Agriculture l’Ordre du Merite Agricole, (National Order of Agricultural Merit). Its ribbon is Moiré pattern green with a red-orange stripe down each side – the stripes symbolize the prestigious institution of the ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.
Jean-Louis is currently the Executive Chef at the Union Club in New York City - the oldest urban social club in the country, founded in 1836.
President, Academie Culinaire de France Delegation USA
President, ACF Delegation USA
Chevalier du l’Ordre Merite Agricole
Commandeur des Tastevin
Toque d’Argent, Maitres Cuisiniers de France 2009
James Beard Award 2009, Best Chef Northeast
“Over the past 29 years, my cuisine has matured into a unique style of Modern French. This richly flavored cuisine is complex yet light, and the cooking method uses elaborate techniques and the latest technologies with a constant respect for my classical training.”
Culinary Executive Director, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
MCF officer USA, Southern region
Nico Romo has directed Patrick Properties’ celebrated culinary programs across four historic Charleston venues since 2007, crafting vibrant interpretations of classic French cuisine with artful Asian touches.
Chef Romo’s charismatic blend of raw passion and innovative gourmet flair stems from an international career alongside leading names in the industry. Prominent appearances include showcases at the Culinary Vegetable Institute and De Gustibus Cooking School, as well as his sold-out dinner at NY’s James Beard House.
Chef Romo is the youngest-ever Master Chef of France and US member of l’Académie Culinaire de France. Both elite international assemblies comprise the most highly skilled chefs in techniques and traditions of the French culinary art. Chef Nico is one of just 52 French Master Chefs nationwide, and the only recipient in South Carolina.
Born in Lyon, France, Chef Romo graduated from the Helene Boucher Culinary Art School in Vénissieux. He refined his skill under French Master Chef Patrick Henriroux at “La Pyramide” in Vienne, before rising to prominence among the United States’ finest hotels – including the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, and the Ritz Carlton Atlanta. Chef Romo also opened the third location of B.E.D. restaurant at The Glenn, Atlanta’s first boutique hotel.
Now in Charleston, Chef Romo delights guests with his warm candor and inspired menu of locally harvested cuisine as executive chef of Fish restaurant.
International President, L’Académie Culinaire de France
International President Maitres Cuisiniers de France
Consul General of France in Atlanta
Denis Barbet holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master degree in political science from the Université de Paris I as well as a diploma in Literary Arabic and Oriental Arabic from the Langues’O (Paris III). He fulfilled his alternative military service in cultural cooperation in Syria from 1984 to 1986 before being admitted into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the end of 1986. At the French Ministry of foreign affairs he held many positions including First Advisor at the Embassy of France in Ankara, Turkey (1989-1991); Second Advisor at the Embassy of France in Beyrouth, Libanon (1991-1995); First Advisor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France in Bangkok, Thailand; First Advisor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Consul General of France in Naples and Director of the Institut Français Napoli. The Consul general of France in Atlanta is married and father of 3 children.
Ambassador of France to the United States
François Delattre was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in February 2011 after serving as Ambassador of France to Canada (2008-2011), Consul General in New York (2004-2008) and Press and Communications Director at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1998-2002).
A member of President Jacques Chirac’s foreign policy team (1995-1998), François Delattre was responsible for European and trans-Atlantic defense and security matters and managing the Bosnian crisis.
He also served as Deputy Director of the French Foreign Minister’s Office (2002-2004) and was a member of Foreign Minister Alain Juppé’s cabinet (1993-1995), following two years with the Strategic, Security and Disarmament Department of the French Foreign Ministry (1991-1993).
François Delattre was posted in Bonn at the French Embassy in Germany (1989-1991), where he was in charge of matters pertaining to the economic impact of Germany’s unification and the environment.
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