Celebrity chefs seem to be everywhere today. If you are a foodie, you can probably name a handful off the top of your head. They have their own TV shows, books, and websites. Entire networks are built upon the idea of bringing you the next celebrity chef. Reality shows feature aspiring chefs competing to be the best. Each of these chefs owes a debt of gratitude to the founder of modern cuisine, Auguste Escoffier.
Even today no chef has contributed more to modern cuisine than Escoffier. In his day he was called “The Emperor of Chefs.” He is responsible for more than 10,000 recipes. He took the work of Careme and updated it into a framework still used today. He designed the “Brigade de cuisine” which serves as the model for all modern kitchens. He worked at restaurants with names that are familiar to most people a century later. Escoffier did not invent cooking, but no one before or since has had a greater impact on what we eat.
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