Chef’s Circle – Chef de Cuisine Jérôme Viel

Carmel Valley, California

A classically trained French chef born in Brittany, Jérôme Viel began studying the culinary arts at the age of fifteen. Traveling throughout Europe to study each region’s specialties, Jérôme has worked with some of the world’s greatest chefs in numerous Relais & Chateaux, Leading Hotels of the World, and Small Luxury Hotels. chef circle

He learned the basics of traditional French Cuisine working with Pierre Estival at Le Métropole in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and he learned Italian influences from Pierre Carrier at the Albert 1er, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Chamonix. He then spent two years in Switzerland working with Roland Pierroz, where he had the privilege of working alongside some of that country’s most popular chefs, including Philippe Rochat, Gerard Rabaey, Adolf Blokberger, Martial Braendle, and Fredy Girardet.

Jérôme moved to the United States in 1999 and eventually took a position as Executive Chef at the Stonepine Estate Resort in Carmel Valley, California. He now works at Will’s Fargo Dining House and Saloon, also in Carmel Valley, as the Chef de Cuisine under Executive Chef Cal Stamenov.

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Thanksgiving is a time for enjoying the bountiful gifts of the Earth.
For hundreds of years, Wild Rice has been a traditional ingredient of American feasts.  
Try one of these recipes and make Wild Rice part of your family’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Apple-Sage Wild Rice Stuffing
Mini Pumpkins stuffed with Wild Rice
California Wild Rice and Walnut Dressing
Wild Rice and sausage stuffing

Our Chef's Circle is continually developing new recipes and uses for wild rice especially with you, the professional chef, in mind.