Influential Chefs Essay

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Early Influential Chefs: Antoine Careme Abby Neff Chef Polega Gastronomy- November 18, 2013 Throughout history there have been many incredible chefs that have revolutionized the world of cooking. In the nineteenth century, Marie-Antoine Careme made a big impact in the food industry, and became one of the greatest chefs. His work got him known as the first celebrity chef, “the King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings,” and the father of French cuisine, (French Gourmet Hong Kong, n.d.). Careme was born into a poor family in Paris on June 8, 1783. During the French Revolution he was left by his parents at the age of eight. After being abandoned he started working in the kitchen at a Parisian chophouse in exchange for a place to live, (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2013). Then when he turned fourteen he became an apprentice to a famous pastry chef named Sylvain Bailly. Careme became well known for the beautiful centerpieces he made; which Bailly would display in his window. His centerpieces were inspired by old architecture, like the pyramids, and were made of things like nougat, sugar, marzipan, and pastry, (French Gourmet Hong Kong, n.d.). After working under Bailly he opened his own shop called Patisserie de la rue de la Paix, and ran it until 1813. Careme also did some work creating things for Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, who was a French diplomat and gourmand. He worked in many private kitchens, including King Napoleon’s; he was said to of even baked a wedding cake for Napoleon, (Block, M., 2004). As his skills grew in confectionary arts, he also started branching out to creating main courses as well. In 1804 Napoleon bought a large estate outside of Paris where Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord would cook when he had diplomatic meetings. When Talleyrand moved to the estate he took Careme along with him. Careme worked in Talleyrand’s

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