Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Multi Michelin-starred Jean-Christophe Novelli has won other honours like the Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year award, and is voted ‘chef’s chef’, and the ‘Nation’s Favourite French Chef’. His illustrious career began at age 14, when he went from a being a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, to private head chef for Elie de Rothschild when he was just 19 years old.

He worked with several popular restaurants in the UK, but the turning point in chef Jean-Christophe’s career was in 1983 as head chef at ‘The Maltsters’, Keith Floyd’s pub. He received his first Michelin Star at the Gordonton Mill and hereon built his culinary supremacy with only £500 in his pocket. From the Four Seasons restaurants in London, to the Maison Novelli and Novelli in the Strand, his success and name only rose. Novelli at the Cellars, at Cape Town’s five-star Relais et Chateaux Hotel, Moulin de Jean in Normandy France put him on the international culinary map, as did being Chef-Consultant on Sea France ferries. He has cooked and consulted on several projects, and catered for heads of state, royalty and renowned personalities.

Jean-Christophe is only the third chef in history to be privileged with an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Bedfordshire University for over thirty years of dedication to his craft and outstanding culinary achievements. 

His passion to pass on his wealth of culinary knowledge led him to open his own cookery school in 2005, The Novelli Academy, based in his farm near Luton. Voted amongst the ‘Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World’ in three months of its opening, it continues to be popular with courses, demonstrations and corporate entertaining.

Jean-Christophe is brand ambassador to products and services that reflect his high standards. The much-awarded chef has written several books and his latest, ‘Simply Novelli’ and is applauded by food critics around the world.

Get a bite of this esteemed chef’s cuisine as he headlines at this year’s Taste of Dubai.
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