Auguste Escoffier, child of the country

A century ago, Auguste Escoffier (1846 - 1935) was the ambassador of modern French cuisine to the world. A humanist, an innovator and a visionary, he revolutionised the organisation of kitchens and developed the hotel industry during his lifetime…

Born in Villeneuve-Loubet where his father was a blacksmith, he left the family home at the age of 13 to work in his uncle's restaurant in Nice. This was the beginning of a great career that took him from Paris to London where, in partnership with César Ritz, he managed the Savoy and then the Carlton, the most renowned palaces of the time.

He entertained high society and created numerous specialities for the great and the good, such as Peach Melba or Sarah Bernhardt's strawberries, which earned him the nickname of "King of Cooks and Cooks of Kings".

Author of numerous works including a "culinary guide" considered as the bible of cooks, he trained many chefs and promoted French gastronomy throughout the world. He died in Monaco and rests in peace in the old cemetery of our village.

Today, the "Disciples of Escoffier" number more than 30,000 cooks in nearly 30 countries around the world. His birthplace became a Museum of Culinary Art thanks to one of his disciples, Joseph Donon, who created the Escoffier Foundation in the 1960s.