Disciples Escoffier International was created in France, on April 21st, 1954 in Nice by a Chef of Auguste Escoffier, Mister Ducroux. Today, the Association counts more than 25.000 Disciples in the world who are present in France, in China, in Hungary, in the United States, in Italy, in Switzerland, in Germany, in Spain, in Japan, in the Benelux, in Canada, in Mexico, in Indian Ocean, in Portugal, in Thailand, in South Africa, in Brazil, in Argentina, in Vietnam, in Russia, etc....
Due to its size, the Association chose to get organized by delegation, one for every country in which it is present. Each has its own mode of management but they are connected between them and headed by the Great Council of Disciples Escoffier International, which is situated in France, to Villeneuve Loubet, Auguste Escoffier's home town. So, in spite of the independence of these branches, they remain united by the same strategy, and the same guideline organized by the heart of the Association in France. In 2007, Jean-Pierre Biffi, Executive Head Chef of "Potel & Chabod", Chairman of Disciples Escoffier International for the region of Paris and Ile-de-France during 15 years, is elected at the International Presidency of Disciples Escoffier, with for objective to gather all the Disciples of the whole world, to modernize the Association, and to commit the Members in a real " Spirit of Escoffier ", which is:
> Equality and Appearance : the Disciples have no difference of rank, their enthronement is identical
> Knowledge and Transmission : the Disciples will share and transmit their knowledge
> Culture and Modernity : the Disciples respect the Culinary History and laud a perpetual evolution of Cooking and Gastronomy
> Generosity and Unity : the Disciples support charitable causes