Chef-owner of Le Pavillon Restaurant, Claude Guermont, was born in Normandy, France. At the age of 14 he began his culinary apprenticeship at the Hotel de Ville in Avranche. After completeing his apprenticeship, Claude continued to work in France with top Chefs in Paris and on the French Riviera. In 1971 Claude moved to the United States and in 1977 became the Chef-Instructor at the Escoffier Restaurant of the Culinary Institute of America. In December of 1980 Chef Guermont opened Le Pavillon Restaruant in Poughkeepsie, NY. Additionally, Claude Guermont is co-author of the award winning cookbook "The Norman Tableâ".