From Port au Prince to Cooking with Ludacris, Meet the Chef Showcasing Haitian Cuisine to the World

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haitian Alain Lemaire's love for cooking began with his passion for eating. "I have always been a fan of food, like HUGE!. Before the kitchen, the love was more towards eating the food than anything else. I initially got in the kitchen out of necessity. I hated the fact that I had to wait for meals to be served to eat, and because I had to eat whatever was being cooked that day." he shares.

Alain says at the time it was uncommon for men to be in the kitchen, and that posed a challenge for him as a young man wanting to learn the ways of cooking. "They teach us that women are supposed to be in the kitchen and men in the field bringing home the "bacon", which is senseless if you ask me. I had no clue if I would enjoy cooking at first, but I knew if I wanted to feed myself what I wanted and when I wanted it, I needed to pay attention to my mom and grandma when they were in the kitchen." he explained.

Needless to say, Alain's attentiveness paid off as his family and friends soon began enjoying his meals. "At that moment, I realized there was something there, but I had no clue what it was. I discovered that food was my calling as I attended culinary school." Alain recalls.

Classically trained and having had the chance to experience cooking in different settings and environments, Alain dabbles in different cuisines aside from Haitian dishes like Latin American, French, Italian, Asian, and Nigerian. His wide range of expertise in the cooking industry has led to incredible opportunities around the world and on the big screen.