Born in Paris, France, on June 6, 1950, Benoit Gateau-Cumin attended private schools in France and Switzerland until he graduated from the Lycee Ampere, in Lyon in 1968. Shortly after he earned a degree in international law at the Faculte de Droit de Lyon in June 1973, he enrolled into the Master of Professional Studies in Hotel and Restaurant Administration program at Cornell University, from which he graduated in June 1975. An 11-year career in hotel management took him to such diverse locations as Chicago, Jamaica, Istanbul, Hawaii, Washington (DC), New York and California, working for such luxury hotels as The Whitehall, The Parker-Meridien, The Istanbul Hilton and Halekulani in Honolulu. He opened and operated his own restaurant, Café Pompidou, in Southampton, New York, from 1982 until January 1984. The restaurant was awarded two stars by The New York Times within five weeks of its opening. It was in 1986 that Benoit Gateau-Cumin decided to become a professional Executive Recruiter, first spending four years with a firm having offices in New York and Florida. Established in Santa Monica since 1990, his own “Boutique Search Firm” now has a second office in Lyon, France, from where he operates most of the year. His client list reads like a “Who’s Who” in the hospitality industry and includes such hotels arid hotel companies as The Ritz in Paris, Regent International Hotels, Amanresorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Robert Redford’s Sundance, Royal Garden, Sun International, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Inter-Continental Hotels, Mandarin International, Hershey Resorts, Williams Hospitality, Imrnobiliere Hoteliere, Forte Hotels, Conrad Hotels, Hilton International, Rockresorts, The Peninsula Hotel Group, Hyatt International Hotels, Meridien Forte, Pansea Hotels, Banyan Tree Resorts and many more. In addition to his main professional activities, Benoit is a contributing editor to Food Arts and Art Culinaire and is currently writing a culinary thriller staged in a world-famous French restaurant near Lyon.