Pierre Pollin was born into a farming family in Normandy, France, and was studying veterinary medicine when he moved to Paris at age 19. After the Army, he was hired to work in the Paris kitchen of Lucas Carton. He went on to apprentice in Michelin-starred restaurants in London and Madrid, before moving to Chicago in 1974 to work at Le Titi de Paris in a northwest suburb.
Four years later, he bought Le Titi de Paris restaurant from the owners, and in 1985 the Great Chefs television crew taped him there for the PBS series, Great Chefs of Chicago. In the late 1980s, Chef Pierre moved Le Titi to a larger location, and the Great Chefs team came back to tape him again in 1994 for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs – Great Cities series. He closed Le Titi de Paris in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to be an instructor at the Kendall College Culinary School.