You hunger for short rib braised by a three-star Michelin chef that lets your knife goes untouched. A cabernet selected by one of the world’s 186 Certified Master Sommeliers that changes what risotto means to you, and absinthe expertly prepared to follow today’s selection of scallops.
The credentials of our roster of culinary talent go beyond expert training and esteemed awards. Take a bite, and you’ll know.
Jean-Philippe Maury enjoys the sweet life in Las Vegas, as his expertise and passion for French pastries have found their ultimate expression through his two Jean Philippe Pâtisseries, one located in Bellagio and the second in ARIA.
Maury grew up in Perpignan in the South of France and declares a simple inspiration for his attraction to the pastry arts: his aunt. “No one in my family is a sous chef or a professional, but my aunt loved to make cakes and she would let me help,” Maury said. “At eight years old I told my parents I wanted to be a pastry chef. And, they believed me!” At age 17, he enrolled at L’Ecole Hôtelière du Moulin à Vent in Perpignan where he trained in the specialties of pastry, ice cream, chocolate and confections.
Weekends were spent in an internship with Master Pastry Chef Marc Comte, which allowed Maury to add Mediterranean and Catalan pastries to his repertoire. For several years after school, Maury worked tirelessly at various restaurants to fine-tune his craft and enrich his experience. But it was the competition circuit that finally allowed Maury’s indisputable talent to claim a place on the public stage: Bronze Medals in Paris and Sète, a Gold in Bordeaux and in 1997 the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France – Best Pastry Chef in France.
This top honor brought instant international recognition. Within the year, Chef François Paillard brought Maury to New York as pastry chef for his restaurant and shop, and the new champion’s elaborate creations were published in Pastry Art and Design and The New York Times. Less than a year later, Maury accepted the position of executive pastry chef for the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio in Las Vegas and later opened Jean Philippe Patisserie in ARIA Resort and Casino.
Claude Escamilla grew up in Perpignan, France and began studying pastry arts at La Chambre des Metiers at the age of 14. He joined “Le Clos Des Lys”, a large-scale catering enterprise in 1995 and worked under Chef Jean-Philippe, to prepare the best French pastry. Claude pursued a pastry degree in the master’s program "Brevet de Maitrise" at "La Chambre de Métiers" in Perpignan and received his degree in 1998. In June of 1999, Claude became the Assistant Pastry Chef for the Bellagio and since then has been promoted to Executive Pastry Chef at ARIA Resort & Casino.