In the world of culinary there have been many people that have had a significant influence on where it is today. One of the most influential and perhaps one of the greatest chef’s ever was Auguste Escoffier. He was born Georges Auguste Escoffier in the Villeneuve-Loubet village in the Provence region of France on October 28, 1846. He grew up in a normal environment with his father and grandmother. His father worked as a blacksmith and also did some work in the cultivating of tobacco plants. Many believe that his grandmother had a great deal of influence in his passion for the art of cooking. She was always an enthusiastic cook and Auguste would always enjoy cooking with her. Escoffier attended a local school like any other would until he was age 12. At this point his father felt he should stop attending so that he could learn a trade. He was known to be quite a gifted artist while in school but his father felt it was better to keep that as only a jobby. When Auguste was about to turn 13 years of age his father took him to Nice, a nearby village. It was there that he began to work as an apprentice at his uncle’s restaurant, well known Le Restaurant Francais. This would be the start of his remarkable career as a chef. Throughout his years working under his uncle he was not given any special privileges yet held to the same standards as all of the employees were. He started off with little responsibility becoming acclimated with the environment as a kitchen boy, responsible for cleaning and mainting up keep and some work as a saucier.