Lycée hôtelier Santos Dumont
Baccalauréat professional Culinary Arts • France • 2011
Ecole Grégoire Ferrandi
Paris • 2012
Most chefs dream of working in a Michelin-starred restaurant just once in their careers. This one has worked in four.
Kicking off his career with an internship at Antoine, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, Chef Thomas was part of the team that helped prepare the restaurant’s chef for the prestigious “Le Meilleur Ouvrier de France,” a competition held every four years that’s considered by many to the be the Olympics of the French culinary world.
From there he enjoyed stints at Epicure, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at Paris’ legendary Le Bristol hotel, the historic Lucas Carton—thought to be one of the first gourmet restaurants in Paris—and even 200-year-old catering company Potel et Chabot.
Perhaps his most challenging test, however, was his time spent as a private chef for Parisian families, a group that is legendarily discerning, to say the least! It was that time that truly prepared him for his work today. Used to accommodating strict diets, daily and weekly menus, large and small parties, Chef Thomas can bring true French cooking to your table, no matter what the restrictions or the size of your party. From intimate dinner parties to large events, from Keto-inspired meals to decadent French pastries, his food is sophisticated, creative, and true. We have a feeling it won’t be long before he has his own Michelin star!
Thomas was always polite, respectful and very professional. We are happy to recommend Chef Thomas at any time anywhere. Our family employed Thomas Rieger as a personal chef. Thomas was in charge of taking care of regular daily meals five days a week. Our family is of three but we each have very different dietary requests. Thomas always made sure to please everyone and go above and beyond for every one of our individual desires and request. We would often have family members and friends join us for dinner and Thomas was open and receptive to this and made sure all guests' dietary requests were also met along with our family's. From time to time we would host small to midsize events at our home and Thomas was fully in charge of these. He cooked for 15 to 30 guests at these hosted events.
We are writing to express our gratitude for a catered dinner provided by Chef Thomas. His staff supervision and culinary talents are impressive. He has a natural ability to plan with a team of parish leaders with grace and professionalism and he was sensitive to the unique needs of our event and executed it flawlessly. He prepared the meal for 16 guests who were all delighted with the epicurean cuisine. We highly recommend Thomas as a valuable addition to any dining experience.
We employed Thomas as a private chef. During this period Thomas did an amazing job, he was able to take care of our family during the week. He also was able to manage big dinner parties when we invited friends at home. He was even able to manage big receptions for special events like birthday, baby shower. Thomas was always very professional and was able to respond to any special request we asked of him. Even in some last-minute circumstances our total guest count increased, he still made sure the food and service were not compromised. We were sad to see Thomas go but we know he is off to bigger and better things. Again, we highly recommend him.