Philippe Schmit is an executive chef who was most recently named “Master Chef of France,” the most sought-after award given to chefs dedicated to French cuisine.

(photo credit: Julie Soefer)
(photo credit: Julie Soefer)

Philippe lives and cooks in Houston, Texas where he most recently created the acclaimed Philippe Restaurant + Lounge (which was recognized by Texas Monthly as one of Texas’ “Best New Restaurants”) and bistro moderne at Hotel Derek (where he was hailed as one of the city’s most innovative and talented chefs following his arrival in 2004).

Currently, Philippe is in the planning stages of a new project and is cooking for special events.

Born and raised in Roanne, France, Philippe first apprenticed at age 14 at a local restaurant in the picturesque French town northwest of Lyon and then trained at three of Paris’s most respected Michelin 2-Star restaurants: Le Carre des Feuillants, Pavillon Elysee Lenotre and Restaurant Jacques Cagna.

In 1990, Philippe set sail for New York and ignited his stateside career by earning a coveted sous chef position at the internationally respected Le Bernardin and later joining Park Bistro as chef de cuisine.  In 1994, he became executive chef of the fashionable and immensely popular Madison Avenue mainstay, La Goulue. And in 2000, Schmit opened Orsay as executive chef, taking the New York restaurant scene by storm.

Philippe loves all things Texas and has called Houston home for 10 years.

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