Chef Jean-Francois Suteau came to The Greenbrier in 2011 from the Dorchester Collection Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Chef Suteau was born into a family with a long career in pâtisserie dating back to 1752. His own career in pastry began in 1989 in his hometown of Nantes in the Brittany region of France. After a year-long apprenticeship he moved to Paris, where he further developed his skills. In 1992, he came to the United States and was awarded citizenship the next year while working in restaurants in Aspen, Colorado.
Chef Suteau was named executive pastry chef of The River Club in Columbus, Georgia, in 1995. He was then executive pastry chef at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton from 1997 to 2001. Under his tenure at the pastry shop of JOEL from 2001 to 2003, Chef Suteau saw the Atlanta dining spot awarded "Best Viennoiserie," "Best 1000 Feuilles," and "Best Chocolate Cake of Atlanta." Next came a position as Head Pastry Chef at The Adolphus, a landmark restaurant in Dallas, Texas.
Chef Suteau has been featured in Pastry Art Magazine and several other luxury publications featuring his wide range of skills. In 2010, Suteau finished first for national qualification for the coupe du monde and finished sixth overall at the coupe du monde. In 2011, Chef Suteau was named one of the Top 10 Best Pastry Chefs. In January 2013, he was also named the U.S. Chocolate Master at the national World Chocolate Masters qualifying competition.
Currently, Chef Suteau is one of nine world-class bakers competing in the second season of Food Network’s primetime competition series Best Baker in America.
Season two begins on Monday, May 7, at 9 p.m., and Chef Suteau joins bakers from across the county who are put to the test to create elegant and delicious versions of classic baked goods. Scott Conant hosts the competition, with Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid serving as the main judges. They are joined by rotating guest judges each week.
The esteemed judges work together to determine which bakers possess the artistry and creativity needed to advance through each of the seven episodes. The winner is crowned during the final episode, which airs on Monday, June 18, and earns the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Best Baker in America.
The other contestants vying for the Best Baker in America title are Becca Craig (Philadelphia, Pa.), Kym DeLost (Chicago, Ill.), Jeremy Fogg (New Orleans, La.), Frania Mendivil (Los Angeles, Calif.), Leigh Omilinsky (Chicago, Ill.), Lasheeda Perry (Atlanta, Ga.), Max Santiago (Miami, Fla.) and Adam Young (Mystic, Conn.).
The Greenbrier Culinary Team