The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain’s David Serus has a new title: Maître Cuisinier de France.

The chef was given the title by the French culinary community during recent induction ceremonies in France, making him the only Arizona-based French chef to achieve this coveted status this year, the Ritz announced in a press release.

The designation does not come easy. You have to be nominated by others with the Maître Cuisinier de France title — aka master chef in English — and you need to have achieved superior levels of culinary skill, artistry and commitment. And once you have it, the doors open to reviews in high-profile foodie publications and being asked to jury prestigious food competitions.

Serus is executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, where he leads culinary activities throughout the property including the upscale Core Kitchen & Wine Bar, Cayton’s CB2 Burger Bistro, Ignite Lobby Lounge, To Go and Turquesa Grill.

Read more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.