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.

Philippe Martel, Master Chef Instructor, Cuisine, Hong Kong

The career of Chef Philippe Martel is not an ordinary one. Graduated from a great hospitality school in France and winner of the Competition for Best Culinary Apprentice, at the age of 17, he started his career at the Plazza Athénée (1 star Michelin) in Paris and in New York City.

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Loic Poitou, Master Chef Instructor, Pastry, Hong Kong

Chef Loic Poitou has more than 30 years of experience with an extensive background in the Pastry Confectionery, Chocolatier, Glacier, and Bakery word. His career brings him in Japan for almost 10 years to work in prestigious Hotel and Pastry Shop and has the privilege to cooperate with Michelin star chefs.

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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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