Chefs Pfeiffer and Cannone Receive Coveted Award

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Left to right: Chef Jean-Louis Gerin (President, Académie Culinaire de France, USA Delegation), Chef Sylvain Leroy (Corporate Pastry Chef, Paris Gourmet), Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer (Co-Founder, The French Pastry School), Anne-Claire Legendre (Consul General of France in New York), Chef Sebastien Canonne (Co-Founder, The French Pastry School), Chef Sebastien Baud (Chef de Cuisine, Consulat General of France in New York) Photo by Alan Bresson

The USA chapter of the Académie Culinaire de France recently awarded the prestigious Fauteuil de l’Académie to Chefs Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F. and Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founders of The French Pastry School in Chicago. The award is normally given to one chef annually as a recognition of his or her lifetime achievement. The award was presented at ACF’s annual grand meeting in New York City this past weekend.

Founded in 1879, the Académie Culinaire de France is an assembly of over 1000 distinguished chefs and representatives of the food industry, including winemakers, sommeliers, restaurateurs and biologists. With the mission to “Share our Knowledge”, the Académie educates and coaches aspiring chefs to perform at their best and to compete internationally. The Académie authenticates new trends, food movements, or technology, and also pays close attention to the quality of food and health issues.

The prestigious Fauteuil de l’Académie award is given to chefs whose lifetime body of work will have a long-lasting impact on the food industry. Chefs Canonne and Pfeiffer received the honor for their commitment and dedication to educating current and future pastry chefs. Each year, the French Pastry School instructs over 1000 students through its full-time certificate programs in Pastry and Baking, Cake, and Bread; continuing education workshops; events; and community demonstrations.

“We are very honored to receive these awards, as they validate our mission to ensure a continual supply of highly-trained chefs to the industry,” said Chef Canonne. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished these past 23 years at the school, and now embark on a new chapter through a partnership with Robert Morris University Illinois,” said Chef Pfeiffer. For more info on the French Pastry School, visit www.frenchpastryschool.com.