For the past 12 years, Palme d’Or has been recognized as Miami best French fine dining restaurant with both critics and diners alike by receiving top honors with Zagat and glowing reviews from the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel. With the arrival of Chef Pugin, the Biltmore’s legacy and commitment to fine dining will rival some of the world’s most renowned restaurants.
Born and raised in the Southwest region of France, Pugin’s father, also a chef ignited in Gregory a passion for cooking at a very young age. He began an apprenticeship at 16 working alongside Chef Jean-Marie Gautier at the Hotel de Palais in Biarritz. After winning several national awards, Pugin captured the attention of Master Chef Joel Robuchon who put him to work in his Paris-based laboratory. Pugin spent 6 years with Robuchon including a two year stint as the Executive Sous Chef at L’Atelier Joel Robuchon in New York City. Pugin later became the Executive Chef of Veritas in New York and earned a Michelin Star and a Rising Star Chef of the Year nomination from the James Beard Foundation. Most recently, Pugin was the Executive Chef at Le Cirque Las Vegas, a AAA Five Diamond and Michelin starred restaurant.