Chef Alain Lemaire
Alain Lemaire is a Cutthroat Kitchen of Food Network Contestant, an award-winning chef. A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Chef Lemaire developed an increasing passion for exotic foods and food service, which led him to attend the culinary program at the famous Johnson & Wales University. Chef Lemaire has worked for some of the most prestigious food service facilities, including the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, a private Resort in Harbor Beach Michigan, and Eurest Dining Services, one of the leaders in corporate dining.
Chef Lemaire has participated in and featured as a guest chef in numerous food events throughout the United States and overseas, including South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Houston’s Caribbean Rum Festival, Haiti’s Food & Spirits Festival, Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, Miami Gardens Wine & Food Experienece, and Colors of the Caribbean, among others. In September 2012, Chef Lemaire was featured amongst South Florida’s best chefs at the Chefs for Obama Miami.
Chef Lemaire is also a co-producer of Le Chef, the first-ever televised culinary battle show in Haiti. In each episode two chefs face each other in a battle against the clock using secret ingredients to create a unique dish. Le Chef launched in March 2015 in Haiti and is expending to the United States and other French and Creole-speaking countries.
“I am passionate about creating unique and memorable experiences, setting new standards, and raising the bar for myself and my surroundings, and making the difference in someone else’s life. My type of cuisine is a modern style with a Caribbean fusion twist.”
Affiliations: Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Toques Blanches du Monde, World Central Kitchen, and Chef’s Roll
Co-Owner/Culinary & Beverage Director
A graduate of Florida International University School of Hospitality Management, Neïma’s passion for travel and tourism began at an early age, when by the age of four, she was already on her second passport. She was also influenced by her family’s legacy of Chefs and love of lavish, extravagant parties. This path would lead her to working at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Rhode Island, then becoming the Catering Manager of the corporate division of What’s 4 Lunch? Café and Catering.
Neïma stumbled upon her love of wine quite by accident. As she had always enjoyed an occasional glass of wine, she decided to take a part time job at a wine shop close to her home whilst attending Law School. She became so engrossed in this new passion that she quit Law School and immediately enrolled in a Graduate Hospitality program at Florida International University with a beverage concentration, where she soon earned a Master of Science.
Dynamic and entertaining, wine professional Neïma Bélancourt, will captivate you with stories from within the “world of wine”. Neïma has traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean savoring, international wine and culture.
Neïma brings her industry experiences and wine education to life as she increases your wine knowledge. She will bring a unique prospective and approach to the concept of learning about wine. She has also participated in several international food and wine festivals such as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, The Wine Enthusiast Toast of the Town, and Gouts et Saveurs Very active in her community, she is a member of Team Challenge South Florida/CCFA. The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of these diseases and raise money, which goes towards treatments and research for the diseases. The members run half marathons in wine around the U.S. Neïma decided to join this organization when she realized what restricted diets the patients have to be on, and with her love of food and wine, she would like everyone to experience the joys and simple pleasures of gastronomy. Her motto is: will travel for food and wine.
Neïma is the Co-Owner of Sensory Delights Catering, a gourmet catering company in South Florida that specializes in international fare with a Caribbean fusion, where she employs her skills as the Culinary & Beverage Director. She conducts beverage classes where she leads the attendees in the fine art of wine tasting/and pairings, beer tastings and cocktail making classes. She is also in charge of logistics for the catering company where she takes care of scheduling, payroll, ordering and inventory. Neïma is also a co-founder and the Global Operations Director of the Haitian Culinary Alliance USA, Inc. where she is instrumental in putting together the Taste of Haiti Miami held during the month of May in the city of North Miami. She has already started working on the third edition for 2015.