The EACC and FABA will welcome Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Executive Chef Maxime Kien as the Vignette speaker at the upcoming L'Apéritif on Monday, May 21 from 5:30-7:30 PM.
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Through this five minute Vignette, "Chef Max", a native of France, will share insight into his professional culinary experience in Europe and the U.S., while also sharing personal insights about his experience living in the Greater Cincinnati region.
Maxime Kien grew up in the South of France in the Cote D'azur region surrounded by bountiful, natural beauty that is the French Riviera. From age 16, starting as a dishwasher to pay for school, he studied cooking, attending culinary school and earning three different French culinary degrees by the time he was 20. Maxime applied his hard-won skills in the finest hotels and restaurants on the French Riviera; from the Hotel Negresco in Nice to the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo before relocating to London - speaking no English - to work at the acclaimed La Tante Claire. After four years working alongside French Chef Alain Allard, Maxime decided to cross the pond and relocate to Atlanta to work for Master Chef Joel Antunes at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, later joining the opening team for the nationally acclaimed restaurant "Joel." When The InterContinental Hotel opened in Buckhead in 2004, Maxime was recruited as Chef de Cuisine for "Au Pied de Cochon" the 24 hour French Brasserie where he worked for the next four years. Las Vegas called and Maxime found himself working first at the Paris Hotel as Chef de Cuisine for the Fine Dining Restaurant and then as Chef de Cuisine for The Venetian overlooking some of the biggest kitchens on the Las Vegas Strip. Continuing his American journey, he joined the reopening team at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans as Assistant Executive Chef, but returned once again to Las Vegas in 2013 as Assistant Executive Chef for three Caesars Entertainment properties on the Strip. Maxime worked for the Hilton family as Task Force Executive Chef in Florida and Chicago prior to accepting the Executive Chef position at the Cleveland Hilton. In January 2018, Maxime was announced as the Executive Chef of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
Don't forget to register for our two remaining L'Aperitif networking events of 2018: Monday, July 16 and Monday, September 17. Please also join us for Beaujolais Nouveau Premiere on Thursday, November 15.