Undeniable Passion —– When you get to taste a meal from Chef Stephan Berrouet Durand or you get to see him at work or again just listening to him talk about food, you can feel and taste his passion, and he shares it with everyone he meets. He always says, cooking is like sharing a piece of your soul, sharing a piece of yourself.
The Consul of Liechtenstein had to say this during a dinner; “Chef Stephan’s cuisine is truly fabulous and every bite conveys the wonders of Haitian culture and cuisine”. Today, Chef Stephan has taken a special place in Haiti’s culinary history as a champion and ambassador of Haitian gastronomy.
Born and raised in Haiti, Stephan Berrouet Durand is an award winning and highly acclaimed Chef receiving many recognitions for his work not only as a chef but for the creation and organization of Gout et Saveurs Lakay – Haiti Food & Spirits Festival and Taste of Haiti in Miami. After moving to the United States, Stephan went on to receive a culinary degree from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University and continued to also get a Bachelor’s from University of South Florida in Communication.
Using his passion for Haiti, Chef Stephan has represented Haiti in many events including his recent presentation at the White House for the celebration of Caribbean Cultural Month and the D.C Embassy Chefs Challenge representing Haiti with 31 other countries. Today because of his work, Chef Stephan is not only a champion and promoter of Haiti’s cuisine but an international champion promoting local cuisine and the use of local ingredients in the Caribbean as an ambassador for Chefs for Development.
He also just received the distinction from the Académie Culinaire for Creole Cuisine as an ambassador for Haiti. Other invitations have included cooking at the World Bank, the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C and the Haitian Embassy in Venezuela and Montreal en Lumière. Stephan is the initiator of the new culinary movement and was featured in the first video of Haiti’s national tourism campaign “Let me take you to discover Haiti”.
The Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin has recognized Chef Stephan on numerous occasions for his support, dedication and contribution for the promotion of Haiti’s gastronomy and the development of the country’s culinary industry.
Chef Stephan has been published in several magazines such as Magic Haiti, N.B Magazine, Rebelle Magazine & Sanctuary Magazine, and other publications such as Le Nouvelliste, Ticket Magazine, World Footprint, Lakay Weekly & The Montreal Gazette.