Living in Montreal for 45 years and native of the island of Madagascar, Jean-Louis Thémistocle Randriantiana , affectually named Chef Thémis, has been trained at the Institut de tourisme et hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). He presided the Société des chefs cuisiniers and pâtissiers du Québec in the1990’s and was named chef of the year in 1997. He’s owned restaurants from 1979 to 1994, and was also a spokeperson for METRO from 1987 to 1994. He’s the author of a few successful books and, since 1994, he’s teaching at the ITHQ.
Its greatest pride is to be the co-founder of Cuisiniers sans frontières , an organism that he co-founded with his wife Lucie Carrier, now deceased, in 2003. The idea was born from the strong conviction that culinary activities can resolve contemporary problems such as poverty, inacessibility to drinking water, illiteracy, health, infant mortality and even global warming. “Give a fishing rod, not a fish” is his philosophy.
Assisted by retired teachers and students, Chef Thémis changes lives in countries where CSF is established: in Montreal, in Madagascar, in Benin, in West Africa and Haiti since 2014. As of today, more than 250 families have gained from its generosity.