Philippe Dray

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Philippe Dray
BornPhilippe Dray
(1973-05-28) May 28, 1973 (age 49)
Paris, France
💼 Occupation
Celebrity chef
🌐 Website

Philippe Dray (Born May 28, 1973) is a French chef, restaurateur, and media personality,[1] known for his contemporary variations on French cuisine. His campaign to revitalize the notion of food and dessert as a delicacy has made the creations of Dray an award-winning favorite in Los Angeles.[2] He also strives to replace unhealthy habits through the introduction of wholesome, fit and guilt-free options into the daily lives of the public.


Early life[edit]

Philippe Dray was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandmother had a bakery in Paris where Philippe used to practice the art of pastry making. However, before making the leap across the Atlantic and founded the well-reviewed Beverly Hills bistro Cafe Flore,[3] Chef Dray's first job was as a booking agent for a Paris modeling agency.


The most recent venture of Philippe Dray is the highly acclaimed French modern bakery Plaisir. Located in the heart of West Hollywood. Philippe Dray is the inventor of the cupcake-creme puff. His inspiration behind the unusual pairing was to capture his background and his love for America and France. The invention of combining cupcakes with miniature flavor-infused creme puff led to the public voting Chef Dray's Plaisir as The Best Dessert of Los Angeles by AOL City's Best.[4] Other acclaimed critiques have been found in the voice of Jay Weston, the five-time Academy Award-nominated producer and Huffington Post restaurant contributor, which name Chef Dray and his brainchild, Plaisir, as extraordinary.[5]

Philippe Dray has expended beyond sweets, having catered to such celebrities and corporations as OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Louis Vuitton, and Los Angeles Magazine. Never abandoning his belief that food can be pleasurable and constructive, he continues to use food to contribute to the overall health and nutritional well being of others.

Philippe Dray sold Plaisir in September 2011 to Indonesian group BHK International and is today the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Heger Industrial Real Estate, representing clients in the Los Angeles area.


Working alongside various nonprofit organizations like Positive Resistance, Chef Dray continues to donate time by educating foster youth on the values of nutrition. Based in Los Angeles, Philippe Dray continues to draw from his early pastry making and fashion background to bring together new styles, creations and trends to enhance America.


  1. "KTLA 5". KTLA 5 Morning News.
  2. "Best Sugar Fix of 2010". LA Weekly.
  3. "Cafe Flore". LinkedIn.
  4. "Best Desserts of Los Angeles 2010". AOL City's Best.
  5. "Jay Weston Review". Huffington Post. USA. October 5, 2010.

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