Jean-Christophe is a French celebrity chef well-known to British audiences for his television appearances and for opening his own cookery school; The Novelli Academy.
He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France. When Novelli was 19 he worked at a chain of restaurants, PLM St Jacques, which was owned by the Rothschild family. He then became the private chef to Eli Rothschild’s son.
At 22, Jean-Christophe Novelli moved to Britain and his reputation as a quality chef started to spread. Rick Stein introduced Novelli to Keith Floyd, and he became chef-manager of Keith Floyd’s pub and restaurant, the Maltsters Arms in Totnes.
Novelli moved on and won his first Michelin star whilst chef patron at Provencein Lymington, Hampshire. Whilst there he also won the Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year Award and ever since Novelli has been renowned for his spectacular desserts.
In 1996, Jean-Christophe, 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 nine months he had expanded his operations to a range of restaurants not only in London but also Cape Town.
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 has become a celebrity in his own right through a number of high profile television appearances. He became one of two Head Chefs in the second series of Hell’s Kitchen with Gary Rhodes, in 2005, and the following year he appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, performing in a group with fellow chefs Aldo Zilli, Paul Rankin and Ross Burden.
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In October 2010, he teamed up with the Potato Council for a nationwide competition called Master Spud which will give the winner a chance to star alongside him in a national TV advert.
Jean-Christophe has also been 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!