About Us, Chefs and Team

Gastronomicom Culinary Institute is led by a dedicated and enthusiastic team that has years of training and professional experience who crave to share it with you from the moment you start your journey into the world of culinary arts.

Our teachers, who have experience in the real world of cooking, pastry, wine and hotel management, will provide an excellent education and share with you all their secrets.

Martine Lessault, Owner and President

Graduate École Hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Restaurant Manager Hôtel Beau Rivage ***** Geneve (Switzerland), Leading Hotel of the World
Manager Hôtel “Maison Morizet” **** Münich (Germany)
Manager “Hôtel Guy louis Duboucheron” **** luxe, Paris
General Manager Hôtel Da Lapa ***** luxe, Lisbon (Portugal) Leading Hotel of the World
Development Manager Hôtel d’Europe **** Avignon, (FR)
Manager Hôtel Vatel **** , Teacher in Vatel Institute and Responsible for all the internships and international students at Vatel Institute, International School of Hospitality Management, Nimes (France)
Permanent member of Worldwide Who’s Who Network
Spoken Languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Portuguese.

Chef Vincent Catala, Pastry and Cuisine Teacher

Vincent Catala is an authentic French chef and he is
passionate about his carrier, which he has been doing for more than 20 years.
He is one of the few chefs in the world whose technical skills are as sharp in
cooking as in pastry.

Chef Vincent, has built his experience in famous
Michelin-starred French restaurants (from 1 to 3 Michelin star).

He was the Pastry Chef at Château Les Vigiers a magnificent One
star restaurant located in the Dordogne Region, as well as in La
Reserve in Ramatuelle a One Michelin Star on the Cote d’Azur, then he moved to
the Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse (the most famous city in the world known
for its perfumes) at that time a Two Michelin star and lastly at the restaurant
Les Près d’Eugénie, a Three Michelin star (one of the most famous Three
Michelin star restaurant in France).

In addition, Chef Vincent is familiar with the television sets in France and in the US for having made
several appearances in cooking shows.
Vincent's cuisine combines tradition and creativity by working exclusively with local, fresh and
seasonal products.
Chef Vincent masters perfectly the art of taste and flavors. His very personal and intimate cuisine
will make you shiver with pleasure.

is with passion that Chef Vincent will teach you the French Gastronomy in our
superb Campus located in the heart of Coral Gables.

Nathalie Gillardo, Assistant Director

Nathalie Gillardo was born and raised in France. She decided to come to the United States to expand her horizons. After going on a long journey of self-discovery, she landed a job in Miami. Before joining Gastronomicom, she was a meticulous bookkeeper for the highly successful show control manufacturer, Medialon. There reached a point in the road where she had to decide to either stay in Miami or move out of state; thankfully, today, she is now the Assistant Director for Gastronomicon where she works in the administration and student life of the school.

French Gastronomy has always been part of her life. Since her father was a chef, her love for cooking is now back in full circle.  In her free time, she enjoys sports, spending time with her family and hosting parties for her closest friends!

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