The World of MBI is Michel Bouit and Liz Bergin, culinary professionals dedicated to the celebration of life through travel and cuisine. Together the couple has been leading travelers to France and other European destinations since 1991.
With over 50 collective years of experience as professional chefs, the couple is renowned for the creation and orchestration of international culinary events and competitions to include the Bocuse d’Or National Selection United States, International Auguste Escoffier Concours & the American Culinary Classic.
Michel D. Bouit ~ President & CEO, Michel Bouit International, Inc. Chicago (MBI, Inc.)
Born in Burgundy, France Michel completed his education and culinary apprenticeship that included his nomination as “Best Apprentice of France”. He went on to garner a wealth of culinary knowledge and experience working in the kitchens of many fine establishments throughout France and Switzerland. Deciding to try out his culinary talents in the U.S., he held many chef positions in California, including Hyatt Corporation in Los Angeles. He came to Chicago to accept the prestigious position of Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services for the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, a position he held for 20 years. Throughout his illustrious 45-year culinary career, he has been actively involved in national and international competitions in the roles of competitor, ACF-sanctioned culinary judge on international panels in France, Moscow, Singapore and the U.S. and serving as culinary coach, mentor and event organizer. A seasoned competitor, Chef Bouit was awarded a silver medal in 1980 and a gold in 1976 at the International Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany and took many top awards at the Pan American Culinary Olympics in New Orleans and Culinary Arts Salon in Chicago.
Establishing a Chicago-based culinary consulting firm in 1991 was his next step. His company specializes in creating and leading international culinary adventures for the gourmet traveler -groups and independent travelers. He creates and leads bi-annual International Culinary Studies Programs for U.S. culinary students in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and many other European destinations. His background as a chef, together with his vast network of friends and colleagues in the global culinary community provides him with the unique cache that he offers as a tour leader “par excellence”. As a global company, MBI, Inc. orchestrates national and international culinary competitions and events. Chef Bouit is known and respected worldwide as an expert in the culinary field.
Chef Bouit has presided over the Bocuse d’Or United States National Selection as its Executive Director for over 20 years. He has been responsible for the selection of the candidate to represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest held in Lyon, France, one of the world’s most prestigious international culinary competitions.
In addition to the U.S. competition, he has personally accompanied every U.S. Candidate to the Bocuse d’Or to Lyon, France providing all logistics and mentoring during the rigorous training sessions leading to the Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest. Bouit lends his expertise as a French native and garners input from other experienced chefs while in France.
Chef Bouit served as the Chairman for the American Culinary Classic, held in Chicago in 1987, 1991, 2003 and 2007. He is a Certified Executive Chef and Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Culinary Federation, holding many elected offices on the Board of Directors both nationally and locally to include ACF Central Regional vice-president, and National Secretary-Treasurer; President, ACF Chicago Chefs de Cuisine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs and has been the recipient of numerous professional and business awards throughout his career, including “1989ACF National Chef of the Year”.
He presently serves as president of Les Disciples d’Escoffier-USA and Ambassador for Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago. As ambassador, he orchestrated two Gala Dinners for society members and guests in Monte Carlo and Lyon.
Michel and Liz created and led Escoffier Society members, Disciples members and guests on three one of a kind culinary trips that included historic gala dinners in Monte-Carlo, Lyon and a London-Paris trip.
USA President, Disciples d’Escoffier International
Ambassador & Life Member, Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago
Past National Officer, American Culinary Federation
Life Member, American Culinary Federation
Member, World Association of Chefs Societies
Certified Executive Chef, American Culinary Federation
Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs
1989 ACF “National Chef of the Year Award” recipient
Past President, ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine
Elizabeth Bergin, HAAC – Vice-President, MBI, Inc.
Owner/Designer, ELIZABETH BERGIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Graduated with honors and a degree in culinary arts working with European master chefs to learn the classical techniques that are the foundation of her cuisine. With her work experience in fine dining establishments and overseeing the kitchens and the management in corporate executive dining, she decided to take a leap of faith. With the shared philosophy to experience the best of Europe, share it with others and have a great time doing it, she helped establish MBI, Inc. Culinary Consulting with then friend, now husband, Chef Michel Bouit. With their collective years of culinary experience and a shared passion for travel and international cuisine and culture, the company has been creating and leading customized culinary travel – explorations through regional cuisine – in France, Spain, Italy and other international destinations for more than 20 years. In addition to offering their expertise as culinary consultants, the company is known for the orchestration of international culinary events and competitions including 20 years directing the Bocuse d’Or USA National Selection. Presently the company continues to provide logistics for national and regional teams, and individual chef competitors for major international culinary competitions including IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany; Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg and International Catering Cup in France.
Member, American Culinary Federation
2000 ACF “Presidential Medallion” recipient
Honorary Member, American Academy of Chefs
Life Member & Marketing Director, Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society of Chicago
Member & Marketing Director, Disciples Escoffier International USA
Marketing & Public Relations, International Catering Cup USA
Member, World Association of Chefs Societies
“A History & Commemorative Menu Collection” 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions
Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago
“INSPIRE” for the American Academy of Chefs
A professional in the field of interior redesign with a culinary and fine arts background, and extensive international travel repertoire Liz provides her clients a vast palette of design ideas, composition and color for extraordinary room and kitchen redesigns.