Gerard Crozier was born in Lyon, France in 1946 and embarked upon the traditional apprenticeship at age 14, then put in two years in Lausanne as sous chef at a seafood restaurant.
Two more years took him to St. Tropez on the French Riviera before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a sous chef at a private club. In 1970, Chef Gerard moved to New Orleans as the sous chef for Great Chef Willy Coln at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. In 1976, both he and Chef Willy left to open their own restaurants. Gerard opened Crozier’s in New Orleans East, where Great Chefs taped Chef Gerard Crozier in 1981 for their first PBS series, Great Chefs of New Orleans, and later in 1983, for the second New Orleans series, Great Chefs of New Orleans II.
In 1989, the Crozier’s moved their restaurant to a suburb of New Orleans in Metairie, Louisiana and Great Chefs came back in 1994, to tape him again for their Discovery Channel series, Great Chefs – Great Cities. In 1999 chef thought it was time to retire and they sold the restaurant to their sous chef. But two years of retirement was about all he could take, and he opened Restaurant Chateaubriand in the Mid-City area of New Orleans in 2001. Four years later, Hurricane Katrina hit and the restaurant was under six feet of water. After the water was gone, some of the Great Chefs crew went out to help Chef Gerard close down the restaurant permanently, turn the lock, and left the furniture out in the parking lot. They then moved to Maryville Tennessee to retire, and four years later, at age 63, he passed away.