Post Oak Hotel's Master Chef Takes a ‘Gamble’ on Houston, Receives Esteemed French Culinary Award

Post Oak Hotel's Master Chef Takes a ‘Gamble’ on Houston, Receives Esteemed French Culinary Award

Chef Royere

IT’S NOT EVERY day that a Houston chef is graced with one France’s most prestigious honors. But that day arrived for The Post Oak’s executive chef Jean-Luc Royere who received the Ordre du Mérite agricol in a private ceremony on April 16. The award is an esteemed honor bestowed to French citizens by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the culinary arts.

Presented to individuals in connection to agriculture such as winemakers, farmers and chefs, the ministerial Ordre of Agricultural Mérit was established in 1883 by French Minister Jules Meline. Former French President François Hollande presented the medal to chef Royere on Tuesday. The merit received by Royere is the second highest ranking award in the French Republic, just behind the Legion of Honour.

Former French President François Hollande presents Executive Chef Jean-Luc Royere with the Ordre du Mérite agricole (photo courtesy of The Post Oak Hotel)

Tilman Fertitta with The Post Oak Hotel's Culinary Team (photo courtesy The Post Oak Hotel)

The Post Oak Hotel General Manager Steven Chao and Executive Chef ean-Luc Royere

"Receiving this distinction is one of the greatest accomplishments of my career to date," said Royere in a statement. "To be honored by my home country here in my chosen city is the culmination of many years of hard work and focus."

Royere moved to Houston in 2017 when he accepted the job for the role of executive chef at The Post Oak, Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta’s 38-story, 250-room luxury hotel. The chef was one of the hotel’s first five employees, and 10 years before that, he received a Master Chef of France Award.

“It was a little gamble to move from The Oriental Hotel in Florida to Houston for a job at a brand-new hotel, but I was blessed to have hired about eight chefs who had worked with me for ten years,” Royere told CityBook. The exec-chef is involved in the culinary hiring and manages about 65 employees including managers and chefs.

Regarding menu creation at the Post Oak’s restaurants, Royere says he shares his vision and encourages his chefs to provide input. “We work together to tweak recipes and menus. I spend the most time and attention on our concept Bloom & Bee as it is opened 17 hours a day,” he explains. Spring is a busy time of the year for the hotel. “We are planning lots of parties, events, and buy-outs as well as special Sunday brunch.”

“We are incredibly proud to see Chef Royere receive this award for his many contributions to the world of gastronomy and culinary,” said Steven Chou, General Manager. “I cannot imagine anyone more deserving.”

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