USA Chapitre
Bailliage of Palm Springs
Palm Springs (California), January 13, 2020
Gala Induction evening with French flair
" accolades and Chaîne engraved stemware were presented to Officier Chef Rôtisseur Dervieux "

The Bailliage held its annual black-tie Induction Dinner in a French country farmhouse, or so it seemed. Cuistot, a culinary gem in Palm Desert, exudes a sense of French elegance and comfort.

Executive Chef Bernard Dervieux was born in Condrieu, France where his family ran a farm. This is where he gained his appreciation for fresh tasteful food. His father wanted him to learn a trade so at age thirteen he became an apprentice charcutier and worked in Vienne until 1972. He worked as a cuisinier under the direction of Paul Bocuse in Lyon from 1972 to 1974 and with Roger Vergé at Le Moulin de Mougin. Bernard came to the United States in 1974 to work at Le Français in Wheeling, Illinois. After which came the Pump Room in Chicago as Executive Chef.

Bernard was hired in 1980 at the recommendation of Wolfgang Puck to work at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. Subsequently he worked at the Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells and also in Aspen Colorado serving as Executive Chef until opening Cuistot in 1987. In 2003 Bernard and his wife Susan broke ground for a new facility to house Cuistot in Palm Desert.

The Induction Ceremony was held on the outdoor terrace presided over by the ever-entertaining Chancelier Honoraire Heinz Hofmann. Heinz, at international level, is a Member Honoraire of the Conseil d’Administration and a current Member of the Conseil Magistral. After an enlightening history of the Chaîne new members were inducted as well as promotions being confirmed.

At the conclusion of the evening, accolades and Chaîne engraved stemware were presented to Officier Chef Rôtisseur Dervieux by Bailli Honoraire Craig Surdy with thanks for the outstanding cuisine which was so meticulously prepared and served by Cuistot’s staff.

Susan Berman
Vice-Chargée de Presse

Photos by Ed Lee