OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our Master Chef Instructors are world-class professionals, with extensive experience in the fine dining industry in France and abroad. Along with our Chef Instructors and Teaching Assistants, they oversee the delivery of our core programs.

Our instructors are dedicated to sharing their passion and know-how in a friendly atmosphere, and make sure our students are supported every step of the way, while maintaining high-level professional standards.

Carlos de Sousa, Master Chef Instructor, Cuisine

Carlos de Sousa is a Master Chef Instructor at IDE in Hong Kong, and president of Disciples Escoffier International Hong Kong Delegation. Exceptionally innovative French chef, Carlos has more than 25 years’ experience in upscale gastronomic kitchens throughout Europe...

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Maxime Michelot, Master Chef Instructor, Pastry

Maxime Michelot has joined IDE in Hong Kong as Pastry Master Chef Instructor. Prior to joining IDE, Maxime was the Pastry Sous-Chef at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane 5* hotel, on Picadilly in London - an iconic establishment dating back to the 1920’s, known for hosting...

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Frédéric Hamann, Master Chef Instructor, Cuisine

Frédéric Hamann is a Master Chef Instructor at IDE in Thailand. Most recently, Frédéric was a cookery instructor for the French Ministry of Education. He taught at the Lycée Hôtelier la Renaissance (Hospitality & Culinary High School) in Réunion island, and between...

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Daniel Van Der Veken, Master Chef Instructor, Cuisine

The French-Belgian Chef Daniel Van Der Veken is a Master Chef Instructor at IDE Romania. With 40 years of experience in fine dining restaurants in France and Belgium, he has settled in Romania for several years to pass on his international culinary experience to...

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Ciprian Nicolescu, Master Chef Instructor, Cuisine

Ciprian Nicolescu is a Master Chef Instructor at IDE Romania. He began his career in gastronomy 28 years ago in restaurants in the center of Munich (Germany) where he had the opportunity to work under the magic wand of famous chefs at the time: Alfons Schuhbeck, Heinz...

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Emilia Maxim, Master Chef Instructor, Pastry

Emilia Maxim is a pastry Master Chef Instructor at IDE Romania. The passion for good taste has always guided Emilia. The first and dearest memories, of course, are those of the tastes and dishes of the grandmother's, mother's and aunt's kitchen: the piece of cake...

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GUEST CHEFS: CULINARY LEADERS

A number of renowned and Michelin-starred chefs have been visiting IDE on a frequent basis and contributing to our programs, by sponsoring graduating classes, performing culinary demonstrations, or delivering exceptional class sessions.

Thierry Drapeau, 2* Michelin

Known for cooking what he calls, the ‘cuisine of the soil’, Drapeau’s dishes are inspired by the seasonal produce of The Vendée region of France, where he grew up.

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Serge Granger, MOF

Serge Granger became a “Meilleur ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsman of France) in the chocolate category in 1993.

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Patrick Jeffroy, 2* Michelin

Patrick Jeffroy expressed early on his taste for the diverse and unusual products, introducing algae in these recipes, while he was in the kitchens of the Hotel de l’Europe in Morlaix.

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Jean-Rémi Caillon, 2* Michelin

Chef Jean-Rémi Caillon has newly been awarded two Michelin stars for his restaurant Le Kintessence Restaurant at Courchevel. Le Kintessence Restaurant was praised for the quality of its produce..

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Frédéric Jaunault , MOF

Frédéric is the founder of the Academy of Fruits and Vegetables in France. He became “MOF Primeur” (Best Craftsman of France – Fruits and Vegetables category) in 2011.

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Jean-Marc Gaucher

Executive Pastry Chef at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, Jean-Marc Gaucher formerly ran his own traditional French bakery in Nice. Following his apprenticeship..

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Michel Portos, 3* Michelin

Chef Michel Portos was nominated the “2012 Chef of The Year” by Gault & Millaut. He has worked at “La Maison Troisgros” in Roanne, a Michelin three-star restaurant named “the best

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Smita Grosse, Executive Pastry Chef, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

In an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, Smita Grosse has smashed through the (sugar) glass ceiling to be selected as the first female Executive Pastry Chef for Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Helming a team of 30, multi-award winning Grosse is responsible for the...

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