Jacques  Torres

Jacques Torres

The list of Jacques Torres’ culinary awards and achievements is long and impressive. Born in Bandol, France, he began working in pastry at the age of 15. He quickly developed the skills to work for Michelin two-star chef Jacques Maximin at the Hotel Negresco, where he worked for eight years. During this time he earned the degree of Master Pastry Chef and competed in the 1986 Meilleur Ouvrier de France competition, taking home the prestigious MOF medal—the youngest chef to ever receive the award.