Maurice Tissot (born in 1899) was personal chef to James and Dorothy de Rothschild for 50 years.
Tissot trained at the Café Royal and Ritz hotel in London where he met James and was invited to begin work in 1928. He travelled between London and Waddesdon with the Rothschilds and became
a close confidant.
Dorothy took an interest in the food being served and personally approved the menus. She also passed on the individual likes and dislikes of her guests. The 6th Earl of Rosebery apparently commended Tissot’s curries in particular.
Tissot also advised Dorothy in culinary matters, as in a letter instructing on the proper preparation of coffee: ‘It is a good point to buy the coffee in small amounts so as to use coffee that is freshly roasted and it should be kept in an air-tight tin so as to preserve its aroma.’
Following his retirement Dorothy continued to visit Tissot at his London home.