French Chef Patrice Olivon Joins Professional Teaching Staff of L’Academie de Cuisine

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French Chef Patrice Olivon, who served as Executive Chef at the French Embassy in Washington, DC and who has received many honors for his cuisine, has joined the teaching staff of LÂ?Academie de Cuisine.

L’Academie de Cuisine is pleased to announce that French Chef Patrice Olivon, the Executive Chef at the French Embassy in Washington, DC from 1992 until March of this year, has joined the professional teaching staff in L’Academie’s renowned Culinary Career Training Program.

L’Academie’s Founder and Director, Francois Dionot said “Chef Olivon truly represents the culinary school’s philosophy of combining the modern French classic techniques with American sensibilities to provide a solid foundation for a culinary career.”

French Chef Patrice Olivon was raised in Provence, located in the South of France, where the emphasis on cooking is in the utilization of the freshest local ingredients. French Chef Olivon studied cooking at the culinary college in Marseilles as a full-time student. As a young man, he received recognition during his military service as Chief Cook at the Officer’s Club in Briancon, later accepting a position with Chef Jacques Maximin at the famous Hotel Negresco in Nice.

He relocated to Washington, DC in1979, where he achieved success at such notable establishments as the Maison Blanche restaurant and The Morrison House Hotel in Old Town Alexandria. In 1993, French Chef Olivon joined the ranks of the country’s best chefs who are called upon by The White House to provide exceptional cuisine for the First Family’s guests. This led Patrice Olivon to receive a decoration of honor from the Ordre National du Merite in 2001 for his role in keeping alive the flavors and traditions of France in the United States.

Recently, French Chef Olivon has released an interactive CD-ROM "Table For 8" that allows others to “learn what the professional chefs know.” French Chef Olivon has also been an awarded participant on the Food Network show “Food Fight” and has appeared in several White House documentaries.

New culinary and pastry arts training programs are beginning in July and October of 2005. At L’Academie de Cuisine, students can study:

  • Culinary Arts, with emphasis on French cuisine and techniques
  • Pastry Arts, from tiny hors d’oeuvres to elaborate wedding cakes
  • Recreational Classes for both beginners and experienced cooks

For additional information on L’Academie de Cuisine’s programs, or to learn more about studying under French Chef Olivon, call L’Academie at 301-670-8670 or visit them on the web at Applications are available online.

About L’Academie de Cuisine

Founded in 1976, L'Academie de Cuisine is the premier culinary school in the Washington, DC area. The school offers both professional career training and recreational classes at two locations in Bethesda and Gaithersburg, Maryland. Other areas of study include: part-time professional classes, continuing education, corporate team building, and a wide variety of recreational classes.

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