Gilles Vérot of Gilles Verot - Biography

Paris, France

August 2011

Originally from the Loire Valley in France, and from a family of charcutiers, Gilles Vérot found himself carrying on the family tradition from a very young age. But Vérot wasn’t reluctantly loyal to the family business—he was a natural talent. So after completing an apprenticeship in Lyon, Vérot went to Paris to further his formal training. In Paris, he met his wife Catherine (who had just completed her studies at the école Hôtelière) and began working for her parents in the city’s 17th arrondissement. The new couple decided to move to Saint-Etienne, in 1990, to continue the legacy of the Vérot family business. They eventually returned to Paris, to Catherine’s parents, to create their own company. And in 1997 they were ready to open up shop at 3, Rue Notre-Dame des Champs in the Sixth arrondisement.

The perpetual desire to satisfy their clients brought the Vérots a certain notoriety, which the press echoed. And in 2005, they opened a second store on Rue Lecourbe in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. The Vérots might have continued to ply their trade in Paris but for a chance encounter with Daniel Boulud, a Lyonnaise restaurateur now settled in New York. Vérot ultimately brought his years of charcutier’s expertise to the United States, at Chef Boulud’s Bar Boulud and DGBG. Vérot’s skills followed the Boulud brand back to Europe, for the opening of Bar Boulud London.