A Message From the President
The death of renowned and beloved Chef Paul Bocuse, on January 20 of this year, brought sadness to many people. Whether you knew Chef Bocuse personally or knew him only by reputation, all agree, he was a dynamic and talented Chef, mentor, and friend to hundreds of professional chefs, students and apprentices.
While people loved him for his amazing talent, his patience as a mentor, his incredible generosity, giving always of his time and knowledge and his never ending encouragement, they respected him even more. Respect for the time he dedicated to his craft, his years of service, and for the position to which he rose. Respect for his respect of the Masters of Cuisine that came before him, and their classical preparations. He firmly believed in knowing the foundations, and putting in your time. He did not believe in instant fame. He respected and believed that true knowledge and skill take a lifetime and provide their own accomplishments.
Too often today, we forget those that paved the way for our opportunities. Older,,,a different generation,,, perhaps, but their hard work should never be forgotten, and above all, they should always be respected for the paths they blazed before us, the doors they opened, the knowledge they shared, the dues they paid for love of craft, the hardships they endured that we might have it better and the influence they had and still have on us.
With respect and remembrance to Chef Paul Bocuse and all those that have influenced my life and career.
Pay it forward– give back
BE AN INSPIRATION!
Jennifer J. Tessier CEPC