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The Story of The Dinner Architect

The Dinner Architect is a "you are there" culinary adventure that takes you behind the scenes with the engaging, fun, and adorable Chef Juan Montier as he creates an innovative, one-of-a-kind pop-up dinner. Working alongside Chef Juan is his dynamic wife and business partner, Judith Montier, who also always brings her passion to the party.

The Dinner Architect story began in February 2017 when two exciting Chez Montier projects aligned. Chez Montier partnered with Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square to host an unforgettable Valentine's Day Pop-Up Dinner combining Love, Food & Fashion. At the same time, AIB-TV approached Chef Juan and Judith Montier about producing a full-length TV show that highlighted the unique combination of talents in architecture, interior design, and cuisine that make Chez Montier among the most in-demand premium catering and event décor companies in metro-Atlanta.

Chez Montier events and parties are often described as “magical,” and Chef Juan and Judith are often asked about how that magic happens. With that in mind, the concept of a reality-show-style documentary about the Love, Food & Fashion Pop-up Dinner was born and became The Dinner Architect.

The Dinner Architect provides an immersive "edutainment" journey that gives viewers a firsthand experience of the fun and challenges of creating an event from start to finish. Throughout the show, Chef Juan shares his culinary point of view and provides food and décor tips that will make dinners and festivities extra special for both novices and sophisticates.

The Dinner Architect Screening Party



The story begins at the intersection of food and design, where Chef Juan Montier’s culinary talents meet his passion for architecture and interior design. His vision became Chez Montier–a full service premium catering and event décor company that brings a joyous and artful celebration of food to life.

Chef Juan Montier founded the company in 2004. In 2016, his wife Judith Service Montier, a successful business executive with a background in art and entertainment marketing, joined Chez Montier as Chief Operating Officer. Judith always dreamed of creating a family business that would combine her expertise with Chef Juan’s and take Chez Montier to new heights. Adding to this dynamic duo is their son, Austin, who has been cooking with his father since he was three years old. Chez Montier is truly a family affair!

Today, Chef Juan and Judith delight in working together; their complementary styles and talents ensure each Chez Montier party, wedding, and corporate event is flawless and memorable.

The Dinner Architect Fact Sheet

Bio of Chef Juan Montier




Chef Juan Montier, Co-owner and Executive Chef of Chez Montier, Inc., sees cuisine through the lens of an artist; the presentation of his food is as important as its renowned flavors. Chef Juan was trained as an architect and interior designer, and he brings a unique holistic approach to food presentation. Chef Juan says that he “designs the gift of food” in every single dish.

Other chefs may write out their menu ideas, but Chef also sketches his dishes. The drawings of Chef Juan’s eclectic creations enhance the vision Chef Juan brings to his clients’ events – and to life.

Chef Juan is no stranger to food TV. He’s demonstrated his cooking acumen on such shows as ABC’s “The View,” WXIA’s “Atlanta & CO,” “Atlanta Plugged In” on CBS 46, and “Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy” for PBS.

Chef Juan is in demand: he brings easy confidence, knowledge, and an infectious personality to the educational cooking circuit. His “Healthy Living” seminars are popular with clients such as Delta Air Lines, The Boy Scouts of America, Publix Super Markets, Glory Foods and Whole Foods. In addition, Chez Montier’s seasonal pop-up dinners are highly anticipated Atlanta occasions that always sell out!

Chez Montier’s client list includes high profile superstars like Diana Ross, Cedric The Entertainer, Ce Ce Winans, Steve Harvey and Usher, as well as others who enjoy and appreciate a sophisticated dining experience. Corporate and event clients range from luxury brands such as De Beers and Bloomingdales, to companies like Ford and Calvin Klein, Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University, BrightHouse, Seyfarth Shaw and others.

Chef Juan also believes in giving back to the community. He has participated as a featured chef in the Atlanta Family Food Fest and as a mentor for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and C.H.O.I.C.E.S., the Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully.

Of course, his favorite people to cook for are his wife and business partner, Judith Service Montier, and sons Austin and Juan IV “Monty”.


Bio of Judith Service Montier

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Judith Service Montier, COO

Judith Service Montier is co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of Chez Montier, Inc. While Judith’s husband, Chef Juan Montier, designs inspired parties and culinary events, Judith is the graceful force of nature who oversees every detail of planning and execution.  

Chez Montier’s clients appreciate Judith’s “Don’t worry, I’ve got it” business approach, honed during her 20+ years as a marketing and communications executive in the Arts & Cultural and non-profit sectors, for The National Black Arts Festival, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an institution she helped open and launch.

Judith’s business career includes working with legendary singer Diana Ross, who became an early client of Chez Montier. Judith left NYC in 1995 to join the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She met Chef Juan on a blind date. Judith, a self-confessed foodie who grew up in a large family of ambitious cooks, was impressed by Juan’s culinary acumen. It didn't take long for him to capture her heart with his joie de vivre and his extraordinary home-cooked meals that consistently surpassed gourmet restaurant meals.

They married in 1998, and in 2016 Judith joined Chez Montier to devote herself full-time to taking Chez Montier to new heights. This synergy between the talents of Chef Juan and Judith Montier ensures that each Chez Montier party and event is an elegant affair and an effortless experience for clients and their guests.

Judith is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Like Chef Juan, Judith also enjoys giving back to the community. She has served on several nonprofit boards including: The Atlanta Press Club, C.H.O.I.C.E.S.  (Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully), and the Rialto Center for the Arts. She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta, class of 2013.


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Twitter & Facebook


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Do you know the secret to testing the doneness of beef tenderloin without a meat thermometer? That is just one of the professional secrets @ChezMontier shares on his new behind-the-scenes culinary TV Special #TheDinnerArchitect on AIB-TV premiering on 12/13.  It’s a must-see! #WatchAIBTC #ChezMontier



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Just got a sneak peak of @ChezMontier’s new behind-the-scenes TV Special #TheDinnerArchitect. Catch it on AIB-TV 12/13 @9PM. You’ll learn, laugh, & lick your lips w/ The Dinner Architect. See for yourself how culinary magic happens! #WatchAIBTV #ChezMontier


Instagram Posts

We suggest you post the fun photos you’ve taken at The Dinner ArchitectScreening. Ideas for photos include: Selfie with you and Chef Juan at the Step and Repeat; Photos of cocktails, photos of the food, Selfie with you and Juan, Photos of you and Juan with friends, family and clients.

Instagram Hashtags: Please include #ChezMontier and #WatchAIB

Other Hash Tags: #TheDinnerArchitect #ChefJuan #FoodTV #EventPlanning #HomeParties #AtlantaFoodies #HolidayParties #wine # (name of the food dish)


Where to Watch The Dinner Architect

The Premier is December 13th at 9:30PM on AIB TV, Comcast 295 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 6. The AIB website will stream all airings of The Dinner Architect in real time on LIVE TV.

Additional air dates for December

Wednesday, December 13th at 9:30PM

Thursday, December 14th at 10:30 AM

Saturday, December 16th at 12 noon

Wednesday, December 20th at 9:30PM

Thursday, December 21st at 10:30AM

Saturday, December 23rd at 12 Noon

Wednesday, December 27th at 9:30PM

Thursday, December 29th at 10:30AM

Saturday, December 30th at 12 noon



More photos from The Dinner Architect Screening event can be found on the blog here

Please feel free to use any of the photos on this page in your media articles and social media or blog posts.  

Downloadable Media Kit


WABE City Lights with Lois Reitzes: Valentine's Day Pop Up

Decatur Chef brings architectural and design skills to fine dining - Dekalb Neighbor Newspaper

City Lights with Lois Reitzes - Chef Juan Sketches His Food and Infuses it with Love

AIB Network - In Contact - The Best of the Season with Chef Juan - Part II

AIB Network - In Contact - The Best of the Season with Chef Juan - Part I

CAPBuilder Network Radio Interview

Chef Juan Montier at Family Food Fest Atlanta

Channel 2 WSB-TV - People 2 People 

Happily Eating - Spring Media Dinner With Chef Juan Montier

Shana Was Here - { Chez } Montier Spring Media Dinner | An Evening of Culinary Excellence

Red Velvet Confections - [chez] Montier Spring Media Dinner

Happily Edible After - An Exquisite Dinner with Chez Montier and Leaning Ladder

Gluten Free Go-To Guide - Event Review: Chez Montier’s Spring Media Dinner

Sweet Savant - Chef Juan Montier- Chez Montier Pop Up Dinner

Do Food Better- Chez Montier Spring Fling Popup Dinner – A Night to Remember

Culinary Local - A Fabulous Spring Fling with Chez Montier

Culinary Local - Local Glutton