Chef de Cuisine, Palme d'Or
Born and raised in Tarbes in the Southwest region of France, Gregory Pugin began perfecting his culinary art from a very young age. His father, a chef, ignited in Gregory a passion and love for cooking as a child, and they often cooked together for the family. At the early age of 15, he began a 2-year course that incorporated both classes and hands-on culinary experience simultaneously. Gregory started his career at the illustrious Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France, and was quickly handpicked to work alongside meticulous master chef Joël Robuchon in his Paris laboratory. Under Robuchon's instruction, Pugin not only expanded his culinary horizons to include opening restaurants and working on a television show, but he also learned the importance of precision and consistency in creating a perfect dish. Pugin then joined Robuchon at Atelier Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons, New York. After many years working and learning with Robuchon, Pugin was hired as the Executive Chef for Veritas, where he received a Michelin Star and was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award for "Rising Star Chef of the Year.” Pugin then moved to Las Vegas, where he took on the role of Executive Chef at Le Cirque in the Bellagio earning two Michelin stars. There, his specialty Oxtail Bucatini Timbale was awarded the "Most Savory Dish of the Year” for 2011.
In 2013, Chef Gregory Pugin joined the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida, as the Chef de Cuisine at Palme d'Or. He brings with him a most impressive background along with the promise to populate the Palme d'Or menu with his personal style. He sticks to classic recipes and techniques, but likes to finish his dishes with a twist, creating presentations that burst to life.
The Langoustine au Caviar, for instance-langoustines marinated a citrus vinaigrette alongside passionfruit tapioca and finished with an apple-vodka gelée. "I'm always thinking about the experience,” Chef Pugin says. "I want this to be the best meal anyone has ever had He is recently married and his wife joins him in Miami as this new opportunity unfolds for him.
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