Internationally acclaimed Greenwich restauranteur Jean-Louis Gerin has another feather in his toque.
He's a 'Chopped' champion. The 52-year-old Gerin survived the rapid fire three-part show which pits the country's top chefs in a race against the clock and themselves to use a basket of mystery ingredients to create a three-course meal.
At the end of each round, one chef is eliminated—or in the show's parlance—"chopped" from the competition that is judged by bold-faced names in the culinary world.
Gerin has operated the venerable French bistro on Lewis Street in downtown Greenwich for 25 years. Gerin said his wife Linda "runs the front of the house. I run the back of the house." He also admitted on the show that he can be a bit of a "tyrant" in the kitchen.
To celebrate his appearance on 'Chopped,' Gerin and his friend and 2011 “Chopped” champion, chef Olivier de Saint Martin, co-hosted a live cooking competition and viewing party at Restaurant Jean-Louis.
de Saint Martin is the master chef/owner of the Caribou Cafe and ZINC restaurants in Philadelphia. Gerin has been awarded the James Beard Award as Best Chef Northeast.
Guests were able to watch the special viewing of 'Chopped' as the digital clock marked the approaching dessert deadline with Gerin deftly plating his French toast with coffee caramel that he based upon his grandmother's recipe.
For his efforts, Gerin won $10,000 which he said he will use to buy a convertible and take a cross-country trip with his wife. As the show signed off, Gerin celebrated his win with a whimsical imitation of driving a car.