Executive Pastry Chef Claude Escamilla , Jean Philippe Patisserie
Claude Escamilla grew up in Perpignan, in the South of France. At 14, he began studying Pastry Arts at La Chambre des Metiers in Perpignan, where he was trained in pastry, ice cream, chocolate and confections. Claude graduated with a C.A.P. “Professional Aptitude Certificate" in Pastry in June of 1995.
In September, Claude joined “Le Clos Des Lys”. Claude spent the next two years pursuing a pastry degree in the master’s program “BTM” at “La Chambre de Métiers” in Perpignan. During this time he also worked for Chef Philippe Urraca, MOF, on a team of 25 people. Claude received his degree in October of 1998.
In June of 1999, Claude became an Assistant Pastry Chef for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2005 he was promoted to Assistant Executive Pastry Chef, and continued to raise the standards of gourmet pastries and exquisite European desserts to an international clientele. In December of 2009, Claude became the Executive Pastry Chef of the Jean Philippe Patisserie for both Aria Resort, and Bellagio Hotel. Now operating out of an over 8,000 square foot kitchen, he now oversees 120 people between his production team and employees at both locations. The same design team was used in the development of both shops, yet they are both very unique. The Patisserie at Bellagio features the worlds largest Chocolate Fountain, while the Aria location provides a modern yet warm and inviting feel for the guests by incorporating warm colors combined with stainless steel.
In July of 2003, Claude participated in the National Pastry Championship. He won the gold medal and the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2004 World Pastry Championship, where they won again. In 2005, Pastry and Art Design named Chef Claude as one of “The 10 Best Pastry Chefs in America”. Chef Escamilla took part in the Bellagio “Rising Star Chefs” charity dinner for The James Beard Foundation. In 2008, he led the United States team in the World Pastry Championship, where again, they won the Gold Medal.
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3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89158
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