The Union League Club of New York’s Executive Chef Jacques Thiebeult Awarded the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the Republic of France

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The medal was presented by Chef Jacques Pépin. Also in attendance were members of Board of Governors and past Presidents of The Union League Club as well as Chefs André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, and Jean Yves Piquet.

Executive Chef Jacques Thiebeult of The Union League Club in New York City has been awarded the title Chevalier de ‘lOrdre du Mérite Agricole by Mr. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fishing, Republic of France. The medal signifying this high honor was presented to Chef Thiebeult by his colleague Chef Jacques Pépin who received this same honor in 1992. The ceremony and celebratory dinner following were attended by members of Board of Governors and past Presidents of The Union League Club as well as Chefs André Soltner, Alain Sailhac, and Jean Yves Piquet.

Prior to taking over the culinary operations at The Union League Club, Chef Thiebeult was the Executive Chef at the Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT where he earned three stars from the New York Times. Earlier in his career he worked at Le Cygne and, during his time in the French Navy, as Chef for President Georges Pompidou.

About The Union League Club
The Union League Club remains “a private organization of a social nature,” dedicated to national integrity, civic purpose and gracious company.

Founded in 1863 by a group of concerned citizens to help preserve the Union, the Union League Club of New York has built, over ensuing years, a record of distinguished service to our country. Members of the Union League Club were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870 as well as the Sanitary Commission, a predecessor organization to the American Red Cross. It helped erect the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square. Its members were instrumental in bringing down the “Boss” Tweed ring and in raising funds to outfit American soldiers in several conflicts. Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed the fellowship of the ULC. Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club’s chambers. J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester A. Arthur, and Thomas Nast. Fifteen Presidents, seven Senators, many Congressmen, diplomats, cabinet members, and scores of chief executive officers of major corporations have been members of the Club during the past hundred and forty years and have participated in its programs.

About the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole
The Ordre National du Mérite Agricole (National Order of Agricultural Merit) is an order of merit established in France on 7 July 1883 by Minister of Agriculture Jules Méline to reward services to agriculture. Its ribbon is Moiré pattern green (holders are said to "avoir le poireau", or "have a leek", in reference to its colour) with a red-orange stripe down each side - the stripes symbolise the prestigious institution of the ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. The Order has the ranks of knight (about 340,000 to date, of which about 23,000 are alive at present, including all living former ministers of agriculture), officer (about 60,000 to date, about 5,000 living) and commander (about 4800 to date, 400 living).Thank you Wikipedia.


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