Pierre Jean Laupies is a native of Southern France. He began his prolific career as a young apprentice at a famous Parisian restaurant, where he learned to love the art of cooking French fare. After working extensively in Paris, Pierre Jean used his culinary talents to travel the world. He learned English in England, found fusion cooking in the West Indies, and eventually found work in Houston, Texas as head chef in 1975.
In the early 90’s, Pierre Jean was convinced by his good friend Daniel Hubert to move to Minnesota and become the executive chef of a new French Bistro; a place where he could use his knowledge of global cuisine and fine dining to create the ideal dining experience. Pierre Jean continues to explore his culinary passion at Chez Daniel today.
Over the years, Pierre Jean has received numerous awards for his culinary efforts, including the Chef of the Year in 1982. His recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, and on television cooking segments. He is the Advisor for the Gourmet Society and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Pierre Jean is a husband and father of three. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, is an avid cyclist and faithfully supports the annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS Fundraiser. After all these years, I still can’t explain what draws me to the kitchen,” says Pierre Jean of his culinary career, “It is a mystery to me. But it was always there.