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Handwritten Recipes by Famous Chefs from the Craig Claiborne Collection

Many famous chefs gathered in Monte Carlo in September 1990 to celebrate the seventieth birthday of noted food writer, Craig Claiborne.  Hosted by Chef Alain Ducasse and Yanou Collart, a French public-relations agent and friend of Claiborne, the event included many French, American, and international chefs spanning generations, and was, as the New York Times noted, “an international culinary exchange of tastes and ideas.” The weekend’s festivities culminated in a black tie gala at the Hôtel de Paris and a dinner prepared by Ducasse.

This exhibit features many of the handwritten recipes that were gifted to Claiborne that evening—instead of gifts of monetary or material value, he had requested that each chef give him a handwritten recipe.   On the evening of the gala, Claiborne carried with him a red folder filled with these recipes (or recettes, in French, as was written on the folder).  Funnily enough, they happened to be part of a practical joke that night.  According to the East Hampton Star, Claiborne’s hometown newspaper, the folder of recipes “managed to disappear by the end of the evening, much to the dismay of both Mr. Claiborne and Ms. Collart. She spent a sleepless night, combing through garbage looking for it. It turned up in Mr. Bocuse’s possession the next morning. ‘Just a little joke,’ he said.”

Claiborne appreciated a good dish and the act of creation behind it. Over the course of his career (his life, really), he published thousands of recipes from famous chefs and home cooks.  He visited hundreds of restaurants and invited scores of chefs to cook for him at his home in Long Island.  These gifts of handwritten recipes, many with personal notes of admiration and friendship, reflect not only the mutual admiration between the writer and chef, but they are also a celebration of the chefs who wrote them, who shared their passion, creativity, talent, and love of food and cooking with Claiborne, and subsequently, with us.

The recipes remained in Claiborne’s possession until his death in 2000. As part of his estate, they were gifted, along with his papers and books, to The Culinary Institute of America in 2001.

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List of chefs

This is a list of all the chefs in this recipe collection; the starred chefs are in the exhibit.  All of the recipes are available to view in the Archives and Special Collections.

*Juan-Marie Arzak (Arzak)
*Jean Banchet (La Grand Cuisine)
*Paul Bocuse (Bocuse)
*Daniel Boulud (Le Cirque)
*Antoine Bouterin (Le Périgord)
Michel Chabran (Michel Chabran)
*Charles Chevillot (La Petite Ferme)
Angelo Colzani (Ristoriante Gualtiero Marchesi)
André Daguin (L’Hôtel de France)
*Alain Ducasse (Le Louis XV)
Alain Dutournier (Le Carré des Feuillants)
Pierre Franey
*André Genin (Chez Pauline)
*Frédy Girardet (Girardet)
*Michel Guérard (Les Pres d’Eugenie)
Fernand Gutierrez (Ritz-Carlton)
Paul Haeberlin (Auberge de l’Ill)
*Yan Jacquot (Le Toit de Passy)
*Jean-Paul Lacombe (Léon de Lyon)
*Jenifer & George Lang (Café des Artistes)
Guy Legay (Hôtel Ritz)
*Gaston Lenôtre (Lenôtre)
*Kay & Warner LeRoy
Bernard Loiseau (La Côte d’Or)
Joseph Luppi (The Coast Grill)
*Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque)
Gualtiero Marchesi (Ristorante Gualtiero Marchesi)
*Tom Margittai (Four Seasons)
*Zarela Martinez (Zarela)
Jacques Maximin (Maximin)
*Robert E. McGrath (Four Seasons)
*Mark Miller (Coyote Café)
*Patrick O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington)
Jean-Louis Palladin (Jean-Louis at Watergate)
*Georges Perrier (Le Bec-Fin)
*Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar and Grill)
*Paul Prudhomme (K. Paul’s)
*Seppi Renggli (The Sea Grill)
*Michel Rostang (Rostang)
Maurizio Santin (Antica Osteria del Ponte)
*Jimmy Schmidt (The Rattlesnake Club)
*Jean-François Taquet (Taquet)
*Michael Tong (Shun Lee)
*Jovan Trboyevic (Les Nomades)
*Pierre Troisgros (Troisgros)
*Roger Vergé (Restaurant du Moulin de Mougins)
Jean-Claude Vrinat (Taillevent)
*Jasper White (Jasper’s)
*Barry Wine (The Quilted Giraffe)
Eckart Witzigmann (Aubergine)
*Pierre Wynants (Comme Chez Soi)


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