Accomplished Chef Jacques Qualin first teamed with world-renowned chef and businessman Jean-Georges Vongerichten in 1998 to become First Sous Chef at the now legendary Jean-Georges. A decade later, the dazzling duo joined together once more for the highly anticipated J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Acclaimed as a “master of his art,” Qualin hails from the Franche-Comté region of France, a verdant area near the Jura Mountains. At age 16, he began his apprenticeship in a hotel kitchen, spending the next five years honing his craft at various hotels across France.
Qualin was soon lured to the bright lights of Paris where he studied under Michelin-rated chef Michel de Matteis before landing a prestigious post at the three-star Restaurant Taillevent, described by The New York Times as “the best in Paris, if not all of France.” Qualin spent a year learning from celebrated chef Claude DeLigne before jumping the pond in 1990 to work for another French icon — Daniel Boulud at New York’s Le Cirque.
From 1991 to 1996, Qualin worked in Paris as Chef de Partie at famed Restaurant La Marée and again at Restaurant Taillevent before returning to New York for a stint at JoJo. Qualin’s considerable culinary talent captured the attention of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who hired him to serve as First Sous-chef at Vongerichten’s AAA Five Diamond and Mobil Five Star JeanGeorges Restaurant, the restaurant that launched Vongerichten’s growing empire.
In 2003, Qualin became the executive chef at Le Périgord, where his revisions of traditional French cooking received rave reviews from New York City’s top food critics. He later left to launch his own fine-dining restaurant, called The French Corner, in upstate New York, which was well-received by critics and locals alike. After five years away, Qualin returned to the Vongerichten fold, happy to collaborate once again with his friend and to head up J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician. Since its opening in December of 2008, J&G Steakhouse has gone on to win numerous awards, including the coveted AAA Four Diamond award, “Best of” Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, four stars from Arizona Republic restaurant critic Howard Seftel and Best New Restaurant from Phoenix Magazine.