Meet Guillaume Gomez, Chef of the Élysée palace since 1998 in Paris

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Passing on knowledge to the younger generations while associating gastro-diplomacy and solidarity

"The easiest way to win hearts and minds is through the stomach."

Here is a beautiful story, full of humanity. This is the story that Chef Guillaume Gomez tells us.

Working at the Élysée palace for a little over two decades, Guillaume has already cooked for four different presidents of the French Republic. He is the youngest Chef to win the MOF award (Best Craftsman in France) in history at the age of 25, as well as being the president of the Cuisiniers de la République Française and co-president of Euro-Toques France. He is the one who has taken the baton for French gastronomy from the late, great Chef Paul Bocuse. Deeply committed, it is with immeasurable energy that Guillaume puts his function and aura at the service of the many organizations he supports and causes he's an advocate for. Guillaume is at the service of others more than himself, in which he displays unlimited generosity. His commitments are numerous of which include: cancer research, integration of disabled personnel, leukemia, AIDS, environmental protection, and most recently, feeding caregivers during the covid-19 crisis.

Driven by strong values of sharing, transmission and philanthropy, Guillaume created the Institute of Culinary Excellence, a scholarship program to train the unprivileged youth in the food service industry, to integrate them into professional life and then support them. Guillaume is an author of several best-selling books, for which all the proceeds are donated to charity. In his spare time (and it is hard to imagine that he has any left), he is a marathoner who's already run the New York marathon twice.

Guillaume Gomez: What talent and what humility. I had the immense privilege of meeting this deeply moving and committed man and talking about his vision and his commitments. In the following interview, he shares with us his philosophy, his involvement in the cause he supports, and his passion for transmission.

It is with great honor that I welcome Guillaume to Chefs for Impact!

By Guillaume Gomez as told to Chefs for Impact