Jean Michel Bergounoux, M.O.F.

Meiuller Ouvrier De France is a distinguished award presented to craftsman in trades. Most well known category are chefs and pastry chefs. Paying a visit to my former chef Jean Michel Bergounoux last week, I learned that he had just been given this honor. When I saw...

L’Absinthe

When you want French, go see my former chef Jean-Michel Bergounoux at his restaurant L'Absinthe. It's a bit modern but also features the classics that I love in good French food. I had a fine lunch there recently, with great food and sharing kitchen stories...

Student teaching the teacher…

Recently, my former mentor and boss, Chef Jean-Michel Bergounoux asked me about what flour I used when baking bread. I didn't think much beyond the fact that maybe he made a loaf occasionally at home or even if he was trying to make some bread for a special meal...

Vinaigrette de maison

Vinaigrettes, broken, emulsified whatever way you make it, have a ratio, one part acid, two parts oil. Thankfully I kept notes on vinaigrettes as a budding culinarian, which serve as a golden patina from my days with Chef Jean Michel Bergounoux. I still use one...

Chef, ghost of kitchen past and present.

Chef:chef | sh ef|nouna professional cook, typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel.verb ( cheffed, cheffing) [ intrans. ] informalwork as a chef : when they finish cheffing, they gather themselves together and they drink their owners' best wines.ORIGIN...