It's not like New York doesn't have its share of world-class chefs and five-star restaurants…but every now and then, it's good to hear that one of our own has been recognized by one of the top foodie groups in the world: The French Chef Association, Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, recently gathered in Lyon, France to introduce the year's new members, adding InterContinental New York Barclay's Executive Chef Serge Devesa, to its ranks, which includes such masters as Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert.
The induction ceremony takes place annually when each year, master French chefs from around the world gather to initiate the next generation with a private ceremony, followed by a dinner of fine food prepared by local chefs. In 2013, 30 new chefs were inducted in a ceremony in Lyons, France. Six of the new inductees, including Marseille native, Chef Serge Devesa, reside in the United States. (Tip: Foodies who go to the Barclay Bar & Grill on Fridays can try Chef Devesa's Bouillabaisse Marseille, which we hear is a treat.)
Maître Cuisiniers de France over 60 years old, and membership as Master Chef is one of that country's highest honors.
Pictured from left: Master Chef and Member of Culinary Academy France, Didier Corlou, InterContinental New York Barclay Executive Chef Serge Devesa, President of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and Master Chef Jean Louis Dumonet.