Philippe Ruiz replacement at Palme D'Or is Joel Robuchon alum Gregory Pugin

The Biltmore’s acclaimed Palm D’Or has a new chef de cuisine. Gregory Pugin has a frou frou French pedigree that includes, among other things, a stint alongside Chef Jean-Marie Gautier at the Hotel de Palais in Biarritz and and as Executive Sous Chef at L’Atelier Joel Robuchon in New York City.  Pugin later became the Executive Chef of Veritas in New York and earned a Michelin Star and a Rising Star Chef of the Year nomination from the James Beard Foundation. 

Most recently, Pugin was the Executive Chef at Le Cirque Las Vegas, a AAA Five Diamond and Michelin starred restaurant.

“This young, French chef comes to the Biltmore with a lifetime of experience and international recognition for his talent.” said Matthias Kammerer, Managing Director of the Biltmore Hotel.

“His training and dedication to delivering an unforgettable experience is exactly what makes him the ideal talent to carry the torch at Palme d’Or.”

He sticks to classic recipes and techniques, but likes to finish his dishes with a twist, creating presentations that burst to life, says a press rep.

Pugin replaces the acclaimed Philippe Ruiz, who is about to debut at Zuma investor Tuni Puri’s Lippi on Brickell.