9 th edition
Gout et Saveurs Lakay
Experience Haiti
by joining this incredible event

SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

About the event

Gout et Saveurs Lakay is the brain child of a young Chef Stephan Berrouet Durand, who after 20 years comes back to his home country with the idea of helping with the development of Haiti’s gastronomy and putting Haitian Culinary and hospitality talents in the forefront. Haiti has never been recognized as a culinary destination let alone been know for its Chefs. It was time to change it all. After meeting with now friend and colleague Chef Jean-Luc Grabowski, old friend Didier Hyppolite supporting this idea, he would take the chance of taking it further. At a tourist association meeting, Stephan would meet current Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin and friend and now partner Jean-Max Chauvet who would take on the project with him. With the support of the oldest and strongest newspaper in Haiti today Le Nouvelliste, the Haitian Tourism Association the 1st Edition of the festival “Gout et Saveurs Lakay” – Haiti Food & Spirits Festival would see the light of day. The festival was a success with Haitian Chefs local & International, restaurants; caterers came to participate in this grand celebration. In 2012, wanting to do better, Jean-Max and Stephan brought event coordinator extraordinaire, Johanne Buteau on board to form Culinary Events, which would take over the full coordination of the festival.

Chef Stephan’s vision with his partner’s wanted this festival to be a change maker in the industry on many levels. The objectives of the festivals became clear: the promotion of Haiti’s gastronomy, under its cultural, professional, economic and social components. This festival had to help make a difference from the grassroots, which is education, which is why in 2012 the festival took the status of non-for-profit festival and the profits would go towards supporting culinary and hospitality education in Haiti. Gout et Saveurs Lakay has to be a major player to help promote and elevate all facets of the culinary and hospitality industry. The success of the 2nd edition helped us donate over $12,000 dollars to the hotel School “Ecole Hoteliere d’Haiti and to CHTAEF-Haiti Fund which helps young Haitians students continue their studies abroad through scholarships.

Every year, we invite Haitian and International Chefs and professionals of the food and beverage industry to take part in this unique event to help enrich and share their knowledge with other professionals in Haiti. Utilizing local grown ingredients, this will help renew our gastronomy and help promote it on the international level. These exchanges will help tell the rich story of Haiti’s diversity, give it an identity and in the future help visitors immerse them selves socially, culturally in every facet of the Haiti experience. Most of all, it will help with the evolution of Haiti’s rich food culture and help create the new Haitian Cuisine while keeping the integrity of Haiti’s unique ingredients and recipes.

Culinary Events


After the 1st Edition and success of Gout et Saveurs Lakay, We realize how important it was to have a team running and organizing the event. Chef Stephan and Jean-Max Chauvet a Marketing Executive with the Oldest and Largest News Paper in Haiti partnered together and seeked the partnership of one of the most prominent and influential event planner in Haiti. Johanne Buteau came on board and the 3 of them decided to create Culinary Events, which would run the Food and Spirits Festival but would also organize other food events in the country.

Together already 8 years, Culinary Events has positioned themselves as the premier Food event company in Haiti and are working on continuing to develop other events beyond Gout et Saveurs Lakay.


Johanne Buteau

Johanne Lapierre Buteau is one of the premier Event Planners in Haiti. As an ex Physician assistant who worked on a trauma team in NYC, she fit right into the Hospitality Business in February 1986.. Worked in Hospitality Business for 19 years and then started her own business 10 years ago.

She brings over 28 years of planning, creating, learning and organizing top notch events.Palm Events has been associated with some of the A list clients and has organized Corporate events , Launchings, and many Social events. Johanne is now also co-owner/founder of Culinary Events who has been organizing the Haiti Food & Spirits Festival - Gout et Saveurs Lakay for the past 5 years. After the 1st Edition of the festival, it was only fitting that Stephan and Jean-Max reached out for her to join the Gout et Saveurs Lakay team and create Culinary Events to take the festival to the next level. Johanne has brought all of her expertise to the team and since then has taken us full steam ahead in creating one of the most incredible events in Haiti today.


Jean-Max Chauvet

Jean-Max Chauvet is a business executive with a BS in Marketing and Finance and a Masters in Marketing and IT. As COO of Le Nouvelliste the oldest and most influential news paper in the country, hiis team is the organizer of the largest cultural gatherings in Haiti today with events like: Livre en Folie, Artisana en Fete et Music en Folie.

Jean-Max has Co-Founded a number of extremely successful businesses in Haiti including joining forces with Chef Stephan and Johanne Buteau to create Culinary Events. In 2011 after being approached by Chef Stephan to help him with the 1st Gout et Saveurs Lakay, Jean-Max jumped right inn. A foodie himself he thought it was a genius idea that could bring something new and refreshing to the country.

Jean-Max brings an extensive background in Marketing and Finance with over 10 years in managing and creating successful enterprises. His input and connections and especially bringing an important partnership with Le Nouvelliste to the festival has made Gout et Saveurs Lakay today one of the most important events in Haiti.


Stephan Berrouet Durand

Stephane Berrouet Durand simply known as Chef Stephan is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts and a BS in Communication from the University of South Florida brings over 15 years of culinary experience and over 10 years in event management as Founder of Gout et Saveurs Lakay - Haiti Food & Spirits Festival and Co-Founder of Culinary Events. In 2011 after a returning to Haiti approached Jean-Max Chauvet to help him organize the 1st Gastronomic festival in Haiti. In 2012 the duo would join forces with Johanne Buteau to create Culinary Events who know manages and organizes the festival for the past 5 years.

Since his return to Haiti, Stephan has made it one of his missions to promote Haiti’s Cuisine all over the world and bring Haitian Gastronomy on the culinary map. He prides himself as being a Culinary Ambassador and is as well the Co-Founder/Co- Organizer of Taste of Haiti in Miami & President & Co-Founder of the Haitian Culinary Alliance - 1st Haitian Chef Organization in the world today.