During October and November 2009, French Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard, owner/chef of Bistro de Leon in St. Augustine, has garnered four culinary awards:
Silver Spoon Award from Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine as ‘Best Restaurant Worth a Drive’
Voted in the Top 25 Best Restaurants ~ Jacksonville Magazine
Won ‘The Best French Restaurant’ from St. Augustine Record
Received the ‘Snail Approval’ from Slow Food USA.
In addition, he will be the Celebrity Chef aboard Holland America Line’s msEurodam in January, 2010, invited and hosted by International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Poinard will be doing two culinary demos aboard the ocean liner – one for the journalists and one for the ship guests.
As a member of the exclusive Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, Poinard is one of the honored chefs invited into the rare fraternity of only 100 members. The organization is led by Paul Bocuse, recognized as the finest chef of the 20th Century and ambassador of modern French cuisine. During their lifetime, these chefs have been held in high regard for their contributions to the culture of the country.
“When you cook, you have to love people. My cuisine is like a symphony; I cook to the rhythms of music – and it’s fun. I don’t make my food adapt to me…I get a feeling for the food that’s the freshest I can procure. The menu changes often, serving only homemade breads & pastries, entrees, salads, ice cream and sorbet…everything authentically from home”. CHEF JEAN-STEPHANE POINARD