Jean – Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef, who is also dubbed “the nation’s favourite French Chef”. He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming the private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.
Jean – Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. he spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’, as Head Chef, whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. In 1996, Jean – Christophe, then opened four restaurants in London, and so began the foundations for his internationally based mini empire. What is so surprising is that he only had £500 in his pocket to start this solo venture.
In addition to his mini empire, Jean – Christophe also launched Novelli at the Cellars; Cape Town’s leading five – star Relais et Chateaux Hotel, Moulin de Jean in Normandy, France, and was Chef – Consultant on Sea France ferries. Over his career, Jean – Christophe has accumulated no less than four Michelin stars.
After putting these restaurants on the international map, Jean – Christophe decided to move on to new ventures. Jean’s passion for passing on his wealth of culinary knowledge to others, led him to his desire to open his own cookery school; The Novelli Academy. It opened its doors on April 22nd 2005 and within three months, was voted amongst the ‘Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World’. Jean – Christophe was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Bedfordshire University for his 30 years of dedication to his craft and outstanding achievements in cooking. Jean – Christophe is only the 3rd Chef in history to achieve this recognition!