Jean-Georges has made culinary history and developed a reputation as remarkable as his food by tapping his deep understanding of the restaurant world and pairing it with his forward-thinking vision. Yet, after years of success, Jean-Georges’ favourite retreat is still the kitchen, and his favourite meals dished from a street cart in Thailand.
Though Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most famous chefs, his skills extend far beyond the kitchen. A savvy businessman and restaurateur, Jean-Georges is responsible for the operation and success of a constellation of three and four-star restaurants worldwide.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace, France, Jean-Georges’ earliest family memories are of food. He began his training in a work-study program at Auberge de l’Ill as an apprentice to Chef Paul Haeberlin, then went on to work under Paul Bocuse and Master Chef Louis Outhier at L’Oasis in southern France. With this impressive 3-Michelin-star background, Jean-Georges travelled to Asia and continued his training at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, the Meridien Hotel in Singapore and the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong.
It was during this time spent working and travelling throughout Asia that Jean-Georges developed his love for the exotic and aromatic flavours of the East. His signature cuisine abandons the traditional use of meat stocks and creams, and instead features the intense flavours and textures from vegetable juices, fruit essences, light broths, and herbal vinaigrettes. Jean-Georges’ culinary vision has redefined industry standards and revolutionised the way we eat.
Jean-Georges is involved in every aspect of his restaurants – concept, menu, architectural design, staff selection and trainings – in an ongoing effort to create restaurants that are both timely and enduring. Inspired by his travels, Jean-Georges is constantly developing fresh concepts and evolving as a chef and restaurateur, both adapting to and impacting the global culinary landscape.
Recently, Jean-Georges has opened a number of new restaurants including The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, located inside The Mark Hotel, ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, Simply Chicken at Madison Square Garden, The Pump Room in The Public Chicago and Eden Rock in St. Barths. ABC Kitchen was awarded Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation.
- 3 Michelin stars | Jean-Georges Restaurant
- 1 Michelin star | Vong
- 1 Michelin star | JoJo
- 2 Michelin stars | Perry St
- Best New Restaurant, 2011 | James Beard Foundation | ABC Kitchen
- Jean-Georges' recipes from FOUR International & USA Spring 2015
- Jean-Georges' recipes from FOUR Middle East 01/16
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