Today, Thierry Isambert is practically a household name to anyone working in or around Miami’s booming hospitality industry. If you’ve ever needed to dazzle clients or guests with an exceptional dining experience at your event, you’re probably familiar with the name. The company celebrates three decades in business this year, an impressive feat, especially in a highly competitive and fast-paced environment where the stakes are high and so many moving parts must come together.
Thierry Isambert’s remarkable roster of clients currently includes luxury brands like Dior, Chloé, Baccarat, Fendi, and La Prairie, corporate power players like Carnival Cruise Lines, Baptist Health South Florida and Wells Fargo, and household names like the NFL, Instagram and Sony Music. Indeed, success in this industry comes with a talent for logistics, an eye for detail, an iron-clad discipline, and a flair for managing legions of event staff, not to mention an unwavering commitment to creativity.
Pulling up to corporate headquarters near midtown, the warehouse façade, emblazoned with Thierry Isambert’s unmistakable monogram logo, reaches for the sky. As if this isn’t enough to confirm you’re at the right place, a fleet of company-branded trucks pepper the parking lot, awaiting their next mission. On any given day, this Miami catering powerhouse is bustling with action that is visible from the street, as friendly staff in uniform grey polos load vans for multiple daily events. We’re graciously ushered through the cathedral-like warehouse; lines of perfectly organized, floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with items like sparkling candelabras, driftwood trays and crates of exquisite tableware.
Exiting the warehouse, we enter a cozy dining/conference room that’s conveniently located in a bustling, state of the art kitchen, teams of chefs perform their tasks with precision, barely lifting their heads as weThierry Isambert’s remarkable roster of clients currently includes luxury brands like Dior, Chloé, Baccarat, Fendi, and La Prairie, corporate power players like Carnival Cruise Lines, Baptist Health South Florida and Wells Fargo, and household names like the NFL, Instagram and Sony Music. pass. “We have 5 events tonight,” said the event coordinator charged with showing us our seats, clipboard in hand. “Five events at five of Miami’s most iconic venues.” A far cry from operating their new business out of the kitchen of their one-bedroom apartment in Brickell for their first party in 1988, we’re intrigued!
Thierry Isambert hails from the region where bubbly was born. He grew up surrounded by the rolling vineyards and verdant hills of Champagne, France, an apt beginning for someone who would become a leader in an industry built around celebrating. It’s no mystery that he was immersed in the heritage of savoir-faire and unbeatable work ethic that are the pride of local farmers, artisans, and business owners in Champagne. Thierry’s unwavering commitment to hard work, business integrity, culinary excellence, and philanthropy made him a two-time recipient of the “L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole” in 2000 and 2015, an award bestowed by the French Republic to individuals who render exceptional services.
All successful endeavors are born of passion, and Thierry’s love of good food started in his mother’s kitchen. He honed his culinary skills at “L’École Hôtelière Poligny” and then obtained a Masters in Finance from “L’École Hôtelière de Paris.” Through a restaurateur turnkey operation, Thierry traveled the world opening restaurants for other companies before he arrived in Miami. Little did he know that this position would bring him to the other side of the world, where he met his future in love, family, and business.