Press release: Great Chefs Are Honored; Pierre Zimmermann Makes History | The French Pastry School

Press release: Great Chefs Are Honored; Pierre Zimmermann Makes History

Great Chefs Are Honored; Pierre Zimmermann Makes History
The French Pastry School |
June 6, 2011

Great Chefs Are Honored; Pierre Zimmermann Makes History

Chicago, Illinois (June 6, 2011) – The great city of Montréal, Québec welcomed members of the North American chapters of the Académie Culinaire de France (French Culinary Academy) and Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France) during their annual conference on May 29-31, 2011. Each year, new inductees from Canada, the United States, and Mexico are honored, and this year Pierre Zimmermann, World Baking Champion, and Chef Instructor at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College, made history, being the first maître boulanger (master baker) to be inducted as a member in the North American chapter of the Académie Culinaire de France. Zimmermann joins fellow French Pastry School faculty as a member, including Chef En-Ming Hsu, who was named the Dame de L'

Année (Woman of the Year) in 2009, as well as co-founders and deans Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F. and Jacquy Pfeiffer, and Dimitri Fayard, World Pastry Champion, inducted in 2000, 2003, and 2009, respectively.

"I am very proud to be the first baker in North America inducted into this great organization," said Pierre Zimmermann. "The tradition of baking in France is an important one. My colleagues at The French Pastry School and I aspire to share this tradition with our students in Chicago so that they can continue to pass on the craft. We are inspired by the Académie Culinaire de France, and grateful for their efforts."

The conference involved a three-day event allowing the members of the two international culinary organizations to meet, share ideas, and enjoy the cultural, gastronomic, and historical offerings of Montréal. The many restaurants and cafés, the "Old Port," Latin Quarter, Museum of Fine Art, and Plateau Mont-Royal were some of the enriching sites to explore. Attending the commemorative dinner to honor the new academicians were Jean Charest, Prime Minister of Québec; Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal; The Honorable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal; and Jérome Ferrer, Host Chef and Corporate Chef for Groupe Europea. As host chef, Ferrer extended great generosity and hospitality in preparing the gourmets dinners for the members of the conference. Also present were Gérard Dupont, President of the Académie Culinaire de France; Jean Louis Gerin President of the U.S. Delegation of the Académie; Alain Monod, Delegate to Canada; and former President of the U.S. Delegation, Jean-Jacques Dietrich.

At the awards ceremony for the new inductees into the Académie Culinaire de France and Maîtres Cuisiniers de France in Montréal, Québec are Jean-Jacques Dietrich, former President of the US Delegation of the Académie; Dame de l'Année, Mrs. Dorothy Walker Stapleton; Andre Renard from Sug'Art; and Jean Louis Gerin President of the US Delegation of the Académie Culinaire de France.

Honorees included this year's Dame de l'Année (Woman of the Year), Mrs. Dorothy Walker Stapleton, author of Elegant Entertaining: Seasonal Recipes from the American Ambassador's Residence in Paris. In attendance was Walker Stapleton's husband, Ambassador Craig Stapleton, a former Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic. Additional inductees honored for their commitment to promoting and perfecting the French culinary and pastry arts, representing the U.S. chapter, included Cedric Barberet, Olivier de Saint Martin, Serge Devesa, Florian Bellanger, Jean-Pierre Tardy, as well as Pierre Zimmermann. Canadian inductees included Jean-Luc Boulay, Roland del Monte, Christophe Morel, Laurent Godbout, Marie-Chantal Lepage, Eric Gonzalez, Jean-Marc Riant, and Dennis Johnston.The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France recognized new members, and their directors were present to award the honors, including Christian Tetedoie, French President of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France; and Jean-Louis Dumonet, President of the Maîtres Cuisiniers in North America. New members inducted in Paris in March of this year and recognized at the recent assembly in Montréal included Bernard Guillon of California, Bernard Liberatoire of New York, Jonathan Jerusalmy of Atlanta, and Fréderic Morineau of the Grand Cayman Islands. Awarded the "Silver Toque" with the title Chef of the Year was José Gutierrez.

The City of Chicago will make culinary history in the spring of 2012 when it hosts the next annual conference of L'Académie Culinaire de France and the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. The three-day event will be a grand affair, including a gala dinner for the more than 150 members and guests. These visitors coming from all regions of North America and France will have the chance to experience the city's many gastronomic, artistic, and cultural opportunities, including award-winning restaurants, internationally renowned museums, exceptional architecture, and many unique cultural and touristic offerings. Chef Instructors of The French Pastry School and other members of these prestigious culinary organizations residing in Chicago are thrilled to have the honor of hosting the annual event for the first time in the city of "I Will."

"It will be a tremendous honor for The French Pastry School and for the City of Chicago to host this important event," said Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F. "Chicago's reputation as a great culinary city is growing all the time, and this annual event will be an important milestone
in this progress.""





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