Born in France, Alain began working as an apprentice at the Capion Restaurant in his small town of Millau, France at the age of 14. He worked his way up to sous chef at the Michelin two-star Chateau de Larraldia. Then he moved to New York City and on to Le Perroquet in Chicago, before moving back to NYC. He served as Exec Chef at Le Cirque from 1978-86. In 1991 he joined the French Culinary Institute as Dean of Culinary Studies, and it was there in 1993 that Great Chefs taped him for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the East series. In 1997, Chef Alain received the Master Chefs of France award.