Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Launched


The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, a new professional school for culinary arts in the U.S. and internationally, officially launched with a reception at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, which was hosted by Paul Ryan, president of the Hoffman Estates and the Illinois-based Triumph Higher Education Group (Triumph HEG).

“The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of my great-grandfather as the ‘chef of kings and king of chefs,’” Michel Escoffier, Auguste Escoffier’s great-grandson and president of the Auguste Escoffier, Foundation and Museum of Villeneuve-Loubet, France, said at the launch. “What better way to extend Escoffier’s legacy and advance the profession than by providing innovative training that cultivates our future culinary leaders?”

Jack Larson, executive chairman of Triumph HEG, commented, “[The schools] are truly the next generation of culinary education and will combine interactive delivery, world-class instructors, an emphasis on sustainable cuisine and affordable tuition.”

To inaugurate the Auguste Escoffier Schools, Triumph HEG has acquired the Culinary Academy of Austin (June 2010) and The Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder (July 2010), both of which will be converted to the new curriculum. Additional U.S. and international locations are under active negotiation.

The Auguste Escoffier Foundation was founded in 1966 by Joseph Donen and other friends and colleagues who worked with Escoffier in London at the Savoy and Carlton hotels.

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