Our Chief

Executive Chef, Owner

With a remarkable resume that extends across much of Europe, Christophe Émé, executive chef and owner, is making quite a mark on the French dining scene in Southern California. He’s a talented young chef who’s cultivated his skills at some of the finest restaurants in the world, and is hoping to make Ortolan, his creation with actress Jeri Ryan, the preeminent Los Angeles hotspot for chic French food. Christophe intends for Ortolan to fill a niche of serving haute cuisine in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

The road to Ortolan began nearly twenty years and many Michelin stars ago at fine dining establishments in France, England, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. Christophe began as a culinary apprentice at Hôtel de France and quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading chefs, honing his skills in the kitchens of several elite restaurants including Auberge de l’Eridan, Laurent, Taillevent and Auberge des Templiers. Throughout his career, Christophe has worked with such luminaries as Gerard Rabaey, Marc Veyrat, Michael Rostang, Philippe Braun (Joel Robuchon, consulting chef) and Philippe Legendre.

Perhaps the most critical step in the road to Ortolan was Christophe’s tenure as executive chef at L’Orangerie, an L.A.-area restaurant widely regarded as the finest French restaurant in town. Christophe enhanced L’Orangerie’s reputation with his contemporary menu design, featuring elegant dishes that focused on simple preparations and fresh ingredients.