December 17, 2012
Georges August Escoffier
Georges August Escoffier was born on October 28, 1846, in Villeneuve-Loubet, France. He was the son of Jean-Baptiste Escoffier and his wife was Madeleine Civatte. His father was the villages blacksmith, farrier, locksmith, and maker of agricultural tools. Escoffier originally wanted to become a sculptor but he was forced to give up that dream at the age of thirteen, \ After he celebrated his first Holy Communion Escoffier was told without choice that he was going to be a cook. Escoffier started to work as a kitchen apprentice at his uncle's Restaurant Francais in Nice. He realized the ...view middle of the document...
When Metz was evacuated, Escoffier was permitted to travel by train to meet up with his assigned officer in Mainz, only to find out his officer had been obliged to leave Mainz while his orderlies stayed at the prison camp. Life was hard at the camp, they only got one meal every 24-36 hours and the food was rancid most of the time. When Escoffier was finally permitted to work he found a job at the Kursaal in Wiesbaden. The Kursaal was a very elegant restaurant in the posh resort village of Wiesbaden. Escoffier was barely at the Kursaal ten days when MacMahon arrived in Wiesbaden and hired him as his chef de cuisine. There he spent the remainder of the war.
After the peace treaty was signed Escoffier boarded a train bound for France. When he reached Paris, Escoffier found that rioters had taken over the city. He immediately left the city and rejoined the army becoming chef de cuisine of Colonel Comte de Waldner.
After discharging from the army once again Escoffier returned to Nice and spent the winter season as chef de cuisine at Hotel Luxembourg.
When Escoffier finally returned to Paris he re-opened Le Petit Moulin Rouge. Some of Le Petit Moulin Rouge's customers included Duc de Morny, the Prince of Wales, MacMahon, Gambetta, and Sarah Bernhardt. Three years after re-opening Le Petit Moulin Rouge he opened his own restaurant, Le Faisan Dore located in Cannes. Somehow he managed to divide his time between Le...