Yann Guigne passed away peacefully after a battle with leukemia on Friday, January 3, 2020. Born in Paris, France to Angelo and Paulette Guigne on May 2, 1964 . He attended the Ecole de Paris des la Table, where he studied culinary art. His first job was at the La Tour D'argent- Les Celebrites (Hotel Niko), then Le Grande Vefour-Fauchon in Paris. His next job was the Executive Chef at the French Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic for nine years, where he daughter Cassandra was born.
He came to the United States and worker at the Wheatleigh Hotel in Lennox, Massachusetts, finally settling in Syracuse to open the French Restaurant, L'Adour. Yann then became the Executive Chef at the Scotch `N Sirloin in DeWitt for the past 6 years.
More than a talented and gifted chef, Yann knew how to feed people, and by doing so, he nourished a community. He intuitively knew how to communicate care through hospitality, and his love for his guests was undeniable. His gentle and kind nature, effortless spirit of hospitality, his care- Yann brought immediate comfort to everyone he met and fed. His warm and generous spirit of hospitality flowed so naturally that being in his company felt no different than a warm hug and kiss on both cheeks, often literally for those who came to know him.
Yann loved everything to do with the outdoors. An avid golfer with two career hole-in-ones. His love of going into the woods for his perfect mushrooms or fishing off the beach at his in laws place on the cape. And his love of snow skiing. As a ski racing coach he was named the New York State Ski Racing's Connie Webster volunteer of the year in 2018 because of his willingness to help everyone at anytime regardless of how cold or tired he was. Yann passed his sincere love of skiing on to every young skier her coached at Song Mountain and will be deeply missed. Yann's spirit will live on the slopes forever.
He is survived by his parents, his daughter Cassandra, sister Catherine and Denis Guillemet and his niece Pauline. Parents in law Dr. Alfred and Francoise Falcone and his girlfriend Michele Miedaner.
His parents will bring Yann home to his beloved Pyrenees.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Burns-Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee St. Syracuse. A memorial service will follow at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Yann's name to the Song Mountain Ski Team Yann Guigne Scholarship Fund. C/O Cameron (Tunker) Hosmer, 6999 Rt 89, Ovid NY 14521