|Education||Culinary Institute of America|
|Cooking style||American, Slow Food, Chocolate|
Marcel Desaulniers (born 1945) is an American chef who was part-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia, a cookbook author, director Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, and self-described "Guru of Ganache." He is the author of the 1992 book Death by Chocolate.
Desaulniers was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Connie, who is an artist. He graduated from Mount Saint Charles Academy in 1963, and from the Culinary Institute of America in 1965. He served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran.
His daughter, Danielle Desaulniers, is a respected sommelier and restaurant consultant who also trained at the Culinary Institute of America. She has worked at San Francisco's One Market Restaurant and at New York City's Restaurant Daniel, Café Boulud, Ducasse, and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House.
In 1980 Desaulniers opened the Trellis Restaurant in colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square. Desaulniers also opened a food and art studio in Williamsburg called Ganache Hill. Desaulniers and his business partner, John Curtis, sold The Trellis to chef David Everett, proprietor of the Blue Talon Bistro, also located in the Square, after 29 years of operation. The restaurant was inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame in 1995. Desaulniers and his wife opened a new business, MAD about Chocolate, on April 24, 2012 (www.madaboutchocolate.us). MAD about Chocolate offered Desaulniers' sumptuous desserts, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other sweet and savory items. It was located at 204 Armistead Ave. in Williamsburg, VA. MAD about Chocolate also served as a gallery for Connie Desaulniers' art. The couple sold the business in February 2016.
He has hosted several television cooking shows including "The Burgermeister" and "Death by Chocolate" and has appeared on Julia Child's television show, Baking with Julia and on PBS' cooking shows Cook-off America and Grilling Maestros.
Desaulniers has written 10 cooking books including "Death by Chocolate" (1992). His concentration on chocolate cuisine and his fondness for chocolate ganache has earned him the sobriquet of "Guru of Ganache."
Awards and honors
- Ivy Award: The Trellis, Restaurants and Institutions Magazine, 1989
- Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, James Beard Foundation, 1993
- Best Pastry Chef: Mid-Atlantic James Beard Foundation
- Best Dessert Book, James Beard Foundation, 1993
- Best Single Subject Cookbook: The Burger Meisters, James Beard Foundation, 1995
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Culinary Institute of America, 1996
- Outstanding Pasty Chef, James Beard Foundation, 1999
- Honor Roll of American Chefs, Food & Wine Magazine
- Desaulniers, Marcel (2003) . Death by Chocolate: The Last Word on a Consuming Passion. ISBN 0-8478-1564-1.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1992). Trellis Cookbook: Expanded Edition. ISBN 0-671-74842-4.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1994). Burger Meisters. ISBN 0-671-86538-2.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1995). Desserts to Die for. ISBN 0-684-81139-1.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1996). An Alphabet of Sweets. ISBN 0-8478-1981-7.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1997). Death by Chocolate Cookies. ISBN 0-684-83197-X.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1998). Salad Days: Main Course Salads for a First Class Meal. ISBN 0-684-82261-X.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1999). Grilling Maestros: Recipes from the Public Television Series. ISBN 0-9651095-5-0.
- Desaulniers, Marcel; Brett Bailey; Kelly Bailey (2000). Death by Chocolate Cakes: an Astonishing Array of chocolate enchantment. photography by Duane Winfield. ISBN 0-688-16297-5.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (2002). Celebrate with Chocolate: totally over-the-top recipes. ISBN 0-688-16298-3.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (2007). I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas. ISBN 0-7645-9900-3.
- Desaulniers, Marcel (1988). The Trellis Cookbook. ISBN 1-55584-114-7.
- Efimetz, Ann M. (21 February 2015). "Chocolate is a passion for Williamsburg chef Marcel Desaulniers". dailypress.com. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- Ganache Hill Gallery Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Frumkin, Paul (8 October 2009). "Marcel Desaulniers sells The Trellis". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)