Chef Thierry Blouet
Thierry Blouet, chef owner of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Pacific paradise, was – as they say – born to the business. His paternal grandfather, Max Blouet, spent 30 years as General Manager of the ultra-elegant George V in Paris. Chef Blouet was born in Puerto Rico, in 1964, and his French parents educated him in France and Mexico where haute cuisine is an integral ingredient of the good life.
An extremely visual chef, his dishes are sensual compositions. In addition to colors that enliven the visual, there’s a harmony of aromas that tempt the nostrils, subtle textures that excite the mouth feel and concentrated flavors that enhance the taste.
This 21st century Ambassador of French gastronomy (and Assistant Director of Chaine des Rotisseurs in Puerto Vallarta) began his career at the Camino Real Hotel in Ixtapa, in 1983. Later, at the Camino Real in Mexico City, he was promoted to Chef de Partie at the prestigious Le Fouquet’s de Paris.
He became the sole owner of a restaurant where diners discovered gastronomic elegance within an authentic ambiance. In 2003, he introduced new concepts to Café Des Artistes. He enlivens the atmosphere of the Costantini Martini & Piano Bar, with a tapas menu and live music. The traditional Café des Artistes serves an a la carte bistro menu in the 212 seat restaurant. The new Thierry Blouet Cocina de Autor, an intimate 40 seat venue, includes a demonstration kitchen. There, at one seating each evening, he serves a prix-fixe chef’s signature wine-pairing menu. For after dinner entertainment, he has converted another dimly lit space into a private Cognac and Cigar Room with a piano bar.
In addition to his own business, Blouet, who is also a member of the Académie Culinaire de France, brings together chefs from France, Mexico, Canada and the United States to share and enrich their cooking techniques while maintaining traditionally high standards. He also devotes himself to promoting important cultural and “foodie” fiestas in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.