By Elizabeth Hazard

Award-winning chef Alain Lemaire might best be known for appearing on the Food Network’s hit show Cutthroat Kitchen, but his accomplishments in the kitchen far exceed any television show appearance. The Port-Au-Prince native was one of many other chefs to cook the first all Haitian dinner at the James Beard House. In 2017 he was named the Young Professional Top 20 under 40 Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. That same year he was awarded the Legacy MIA Top 40 under 40 black professionals in South Florida Legacy Magazine. He represented Haiti at the Global Traditional Cuisine Gathering. He participates in numerous taste events in the country, co-produces the first television food battle show in Haiti and contributes to an online magazine focused on Haitian chefs and cuisine. These are just a few of LeMaire’s accomplishments. We chatted with the chef himself to find out more about what inspires him and what drives his love for Haitian cooking.

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Elizabeth Hazard

Elizabeth Hazard is a writer, producer and photography editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in various publications and websites. She frequently writes about art & culture, fashion and history.