Eric LeVine began his career at the age of eleven when he entered into the tutelage of Chef Jean-Louis Maisson at Le Petit Café in Lyon, France. He spent two years there before eighteen months of formal stage training in Florence, Italy with Chef Giovanni Brunell at Il Tratattoire de Familia. Impassioned by four years of classic European Culinary training, Chef Eric broadened his knowledge under the guidance of Master Chef Ho of the world-renowned Otani Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
LeVine studied at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduating, Chef Eric got his first taste of celebrity chef stardom working with Chef David Burke of the River Café. He credits this experience with sparking his passion and creative artistry with food.
The world took notice, as Chef Eric became Chef de Cuisine at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. He was twice featured in Wine Spectator Magazine with an Award of Excellence in both 1992 and 1993. USA Today recognized him as one of the Top Ten New Chefs in both 1994 and 1995. The New York Times honored his restaurant, Pleiades, with a Three Star Rating and The Bergen County Register awarded him Four Stars!
The James Beard Foundation, world famous for re-establishing the American Way of Cooking and the technique of using only fresh, indigenous ingredients recognized Chef Eric for his contributions to the gastronomic culinary scene in the United States. Food Art Magazine named LeVine one of the Top Ten Rising Chefs. The Food Network featured him on "Food Today with Donna Hanover."
LeVine has been the chef at the prestigious Harvard Club as well as Shea Stadium, The Meadowlands, Fenway Park and Turner Field. President Bush, Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany and Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela have all enjoyed the culinary styling of Chef Eric. Whether a dinner for ten or event for ten thousand, he has the talent to make it a memorable occasion.
The International Chef's Association named Chef Eric Creative Caterer of the Year in 2003. He was also named Chef of the Year in 2003 by the ICA and is the only American Chef to receive that distinction.
We are Proud to Introduce
Our Award Winning Chef
Eric B. LeVine
Awards and Recognition
Chef of the Year by the International Chef Association for
2003 (the only American Chef to ever be awarded this distinction)
Creative Caterer of the Year by the International Chef Association for 2003
Top Ten Chefs of the Year by USA TODAY in 1995
Top Ten Hot Chefs of the Year by Food Art Magazine in 1994
James Beard Foundation Discovery Chef Series in 1994
Three Star Rating by the New York Times in 1994
Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine in 1992 and 1993
Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America
Additional Studies in France, Italy and Japan