About Us

Didier Quémener, Executive Chef/owner at “Chef Q Paris”; Chef at The Michel Roux Jr. Cookery School

Didier discovered his love of cooking as a 7-year-old growing up in the French countryside. With his grandmother, Didier chose juicy tomatoes, flavourful green beans and delicate herbs from their garden to prepare traditional, seasonal French dishes. Summer meant ratatouille and raspberry jam, while winter was all about beef burgundy and hearty soups. This love of fresh, seasonal products remains at the heart of Didier’s cooking today.

Another grandmother strongly influenced Didier’s cooking too. His wife’s Italian grandmother, who offered him his first Roux family cookbook, taught him all of her recipes: homemade pasta, Italian sausage, homemade bread… expanding his culinary repertoire. And the gift of that cookbook marked the start of his Roux-influenced cuisine. 

But Didier, who holds a literature degree from the Sorbonne, only transformed his love for the culinary arts into a profession in 2008 when he founded Bulle & Sens, now Chef Q Paris (private chef service). And in 2012, he launched Food Me, an innovative French and English website all about food.

This Parisian enjoys cooking for his clients, teaching, and offering tips about cooking, food and wine. He is inspired by all he learned in the grandmothers’ kitchens, conversations with Chef Michel Roux Jr., and his travels throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., where he lived for five years.

In 2014, Didier went to China to train local Chefs at a hotel restaurant, Huayuan Hotel in Shenyang, on French cuisine and pastry.

In 2015, Chef Didier was in charge of the monthly farewell dinner for Tauck Tour clients in Paris (luxurious 7-course meal) with Chef Justin Kent. Another recent assignment took Didier to UNESCO, where he and Chef Kent prepared dinners and lunches for the U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO and guests at a conference.

Chef Didier has been cited in articles by Quartz and Bloomberg News, has been a guest on France 24 International News and worked on a pastry documentary with Chef Michel Roux Jr. for the BBC Four. He also worked on “Kitchen Impossible” with Chef Michel Roux Jr., a show broadcast on Channel 4 in fall 2015.

At the start of 2016, Didier joined the Roux family and began teaching classes at The Michel Roux Jr. Cookery School in London.


Didier lives in Paris with his wife, who is American, and their 5-year-old daughter. He is a regular at the local markets and always enjoys a good coffee at his local café.
In addition to his culinary activities, Didier is a writer!
Amazon Author’s page


For your reference, Didier’s TV and Press links:

BBC:
Pastry documentary with Chef Michel Roux Jr.

Channel 4
Kitchen Impossible with Chef Michel Roux Jr.

France 24 International:
Europe's dodgy meat market
Live debate part I
Live debate part II

Luxury Travelers Guide:
France – it’s all about Wine, Bread and Cheese!

Medium:
8 Tips to Avoid the Microwave in Paris’ Restaurants


Quartz:
The city of light no more: In 2013, Paris to go dark after 1 a.m.

ZDNet:
Step aside, coffee maker. Make room for the wine machine.





Photo credit: Didier Quémener & Chris Abomnes