Topic: Andre Teissonniere (1949-2013)

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Andre Teissonniere 

Andre Teissonniere was born to work in the hospitality industry. His parents ran restaurants in Provence and Paris giving him the grounding in a profession that he would pursue for the rest of his life.

Teissonniere came to New Plymouth in the mid-1970s as the chef in the old Westown Hotel on Maratahu Street. In 1977 he opened his own restaurant, Andre's L'Escargot, on the hill, Devon Street East.

The restaurant moved to a historic building on Brougham Street in 1984, a location that became synonymous with fine dining for nearly thirty years. In 1992 Teissonniere bought the adjacent building, doubling the size of the restaurant. 

Andre's L'Escargot won numerous awards over the years and arguably set the benchmark against which other restaurants were judged.

Andre Teissonniere died in June 2013. L'Escargot has since closed and the distinctive red building on Brougham Street has been sold.  

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Andre Teissonniere (1949-2013)


Last Name:Teissonniere
Place of Birth:France