Georges Auguste Escoffier
[[Auguste Escoffier]] began his career at the age of 13 and retired 61 years later. Escoffier made French Cuisine world famous and documented its methods and techniques. He moved menus, cooking technique and the organization of the professional kitchen into what we are familiar with today. His three cook books, especially Le Guide Culinaire first published in 1903, are read by all levels of culinarians from Culinary Students to Certified Master Chefs for inspiration.
There have been discussions that contend that Escoffier would have been upset with the wonderful new tools we have; food processors, convection and combi ovens, computers and all the information on Culinary Arts on the web. I believe the opposite is true, and that he would have embraced them and been at the forefront of incorporating these new technologies into his kitchen
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