Hear all about the Auguste Escoffier Legacy!
Michel Escoffier, the great grandson of Auguste Escoffier and the founder of the Auguste Escoffier Foundation shares his insights.
Michel Escoffier was born in Paris in 1944, the great-grandson of Auguste Escoffier. He lived throughout Europe and attended university in Switzerland. A former executive and consultant in urban development and telecommunications, he spent several years in Tunisia and Morocco with the World Bank and the United Nations before returning to Paris to market new technologies worldwide. His extensive world travels fostered an acute awareness of the legacy left by his great-grandfather, which led him to work with partners to develop a multimedia professional culinary education program.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) inducted Michel Escoffier into the AAC Culinary Hall of Fame. Escoffier was inducted during a formal ceremony and dinner at the 2009 ACF National Convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. Established in 1988, the AAC Culinary Hall of Fame recognizes AAC Fellows for their accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to ACF, AAC and the culinary profession over a lifetime.
Today, he is president of the Foundation Auguste Escoffier, Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, France, where Auguste Escoffier was born and where the Escoffier Museum is located. He has published Auguste Escoffier: Memories of My Life (John Wiley & Sons, 1996), by Auguste Escoffier, an account of his great-grandfather’s life. He is actively involved in many events with culinary schools, the nonprofit organizations bearing the Escoffier name—Les Dames d’Escoffier, Les Amis d’Escoffier in the U.S. and Les Disciples d’Escoffier worldwide. In May 2010, he became ambassador for the American Institute of Wine and Food and the American Culinary Federation.
In April 2010, Triumph Education Group and the Auguste Escoffier Foundation and Museum along with Michel, entered into a historic affiliation through which Triumph launched the Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts.
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