Craig Carlson

With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson visited France for the first time in 1984 as an exchange student and instantly fell in love with the country. Upon his return to the States, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A in French and English. With his passion for cinema fueled by his sojourn in Paris, Craig moved to Los Angeles to study film in the Masters program at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

After winning the John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film entitled Wheel of Torture about his real life adventures as a contestant on the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune. The film won awards at the Chicago Film Festival and the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy. In addition to being a produced screenwriter, Craig worked as a translator for the book, Letters: Jean Renoir, about the famous French film director. 

In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris — the culinary capital of the world — despite having no restaurant or business experience. Yet despite the odds, Craig’s diners, Breakfast in America, became the quintessential American success story – but with a decidedly French twist. Craig wrote a New York Times Bestselling memoir about the experience entitled, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France, published by Sourcebooks. In 2017, the book was voted “Best Book in Paris” by Expatriate Magazine, and it is also currently in development for a possible TV series.

Craig’s second book, Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man’s Personal Revolution in the City of Light, released July 2020.  

Craig and his husband Julien split their time between Paris and Los Angeles.


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