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Jean Claude Vierne

1951-2014 MILL RIVER Jean Claude Vierne, a well know French Chef, teacher and radio host, passed away suddenly on April 16th. He was born in France in 1951 in the town of Salon de Provence, near the Mediterranean Sea. His interest in cooking began at a young age, inspired by his mother and grandmother's love of French country Provencal cuisine. His family moved to Paris and his formal education began when he enrolled in Ecole de Cuisine in Saint Armand Montrond, France. Upon graduation he pursued his career working for a well- known restaurant in Paris Le Coupe-Chou, as well as several large French resorts in Brittany, the Riviera, Vittel in the Alps and the island of Guadeloupe. In 1973 he moved to New York City where he was a sous chef at the Rainbow Room, La Caravelle, La Cote Basque and the executive chef at La Colome d'Or, and the New York Bar Association. In 1989 he moved with his wife Nikki Hayes Vierne to the Berkshires where they opened a French Provencal Bistro, La Tomate that was a local favorite for many years in Great Barrington. In recent times he taught cooking classes at Berkshire Community College, MCLA and privately. In addition, he was the lively host of a weekly radio show, The Food Show on WBCR 97.7 FM in Great Barrington that was full of wonderful food stories, recipes, music and great humor. He is survived by his wife Nikki Hayes Vierne, and several family members in France, Blanche Milloud, Muriel Feinstein, Sidone Phelippeau and Loric Vierne. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service celebrating Jean Claude's life will be held on Sat. May 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the Mill River Cemetery in Mill River. There will be no calling hours. Donations in his memory can be made to the local radio station WBCR 97.7 FM in Great Barrington, MA in care of FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 20, 2014
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