‘Merci, Chef: A Tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse,’
Five French chefs from celebrated DC restaurants will be presenting the exact same menu that was showcased at the James Beard House honoring a culinary icon on January 22, 2019.
Chef of the Century,” “Lion of Lyon,” and “Father of French Cuisine” are titles that have been respectfully bestowed on one of the most influential chefs of his generation: Paul Bocuse. Monsieur Paul is credited with reshaping French cuisine and transforming Lyon into one of Europe’s most decorated culinary destinations. On January 20, 2018, Chef Bocuse passed away at the age of 91. Noting the anniversary of his passing, five French chefs from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, whose culinary careers and styles have been personally shaped by Chef Bocuse, are celebrating his legacy at the James Beard House in New York, NY by presenting “Merci, Chef: A Tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse” on January 22, 2019. The presentation will feature a cocktail reception and six-courses of cuisine showcasing Chef Bocuse’s signature techniques, ingredients and dishes, woven with personal stories from each chef. Join us at Brabo on February 11 for the full James Beard House experience closer to home.
The presenting chefs include:
*Fabrice Bendano, Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C.
*Mark Courseille, Le Café Descartes, Embassy of France, Washington, D.C.
*Cedric Maupillier, Convivial Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
*Steve Monnier, Chez Hugo, Baltimore, MD
*Sebastien Rondier, Brabo Brasserie, Alexandria, VA
At his Michelin three-star restaurant, L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, Monsieur Bocuse redefined Nouvelle cuisine with a modern approach to French cooking, where fresh produce was showcased and dishes were lighter, simpler and more delicate. His culinary style and artistic technique reshaped French cuisine and laid the foundation for modern culinary benchmarks.
“Paul Bocuse was the incarnation of French cuisine,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Monsieur Bocuse was 20th century’s maestro of French cuisine,” said Chef Sebastien Rondier, a native of Southwest France and executive chef of Brabo Brasserie in Alexandria, Virginia. “He pushed the boundaries of French cuisine, and foraged a spirit of exploration and greatly impacted my career as a professional chef.”
The “Merci, Chef: A Tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse” evening will include a reception starting at 6:30 and dinner to follow, featuring dishes that highlight Monsieur Bocuse’s signature technique. Throughout the dinner, the presenting chefs will share personal stories illustrating Monsieur Bocuse’s impact on their career.
The “Merci, Chef: A Tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse” event will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The reception and dinner will take place at Brabo Restaurant, located at 1600 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
Tickets are $150, inclusive of gratuity and wine pairings.