George Auguste Escoffier

French Chef and Author

October 28, 1846 - February 12, 1935

Impact on Society

George Auguste Escoffier made significant changes by upgrading the culinary arts. He reorganized the kitchen into a brigade system which got rid of the chaotic and unpleasant atmosphere. He established sanitation standards so kitchens and workers needed to be clean. He created menus in the order in which food would be served. Escoffier fought for the rights of kitchen workers to get medical care and pensions. He also believed that food service workers should improve their cooking skills through education.

Quotes

The Kaiser, Emperor William II, said, "I am the Emperor of Germany, but you are the Emperor of chefs".

Escoffier once said, "A cook is a man with a can opener. A chef is an artist."

"The greatest dishes are simple"

Current Status

Escoffier's memory is kept alive through his culinary books. In 1959, the house where he was born was turned into a museum of culinary art. There are two culinary art schools named after Escoffier; the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado.
History of Auguste Escoffier

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