Club Med Wine and Food Festival 2010

Chef Erik Peters (right) introducing Chef Sue Torres (left)

“I thought I’d seen you before.” When Club Med Corporate Chef Erik Peters, overseer of Club Med chefs and their kitchens at all Club Med resorts throughout the Americas and Caribbean, recognizes you, you might travel too much. Or, more accurately, you’ve made too many trips to the buffet at the Club Med Wine and Food Festival.

The first American to become a Club Med Executive Chef, Chef Erik likely has always been a keen observer and student. He started his career by knocking on the door at Club Med Copper Mountain in Colorado, USA and presenting the shortest winning resumé of al time: “I like to cook, and I like to ski.” He got the job.

Chef Erik worked hard, trained under master pastry chefs and master bakers, studied at two of France’s most prestigious culinary schools, Bocuse and Lenôtre, traveled sixteen years worldwide and earned the right to have the kitchen staff at all eighty Club Med resorts in thirty countries throughout the world call him Chef.

Chef Erik graciously introduced not only the celebrity chefs, but his own Club Med chefs that made the Wine and Food Festival possible. Even though he deserves great credit for producing such a demanding event, Chef Erik happily deferred to the presenters and his Punta Cana kitchen chefs and staff.

Chef Erik’s best non-food moment- announcing the next Club Med Wine and Food festival for June 2011 in Punta Cana. He’ll see me once again.

-Jef Coale

Next: Chef Leonardo Diaz makes sixteen cuts.

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