Parisian chefs at the summit of their art

A a few days before the publication of the 2015 Michelin Guide and its eagerly awaited list of starred restaurants, the magazine Le Chef published its list of the world’s top 100 chefs. The rankings were established by 512 international chefs, with 2 or 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Each of these chefs selected 5 of their peers who, in their eyes, best embody the values of gastronomy, whose cuisine is a must and where it is essential to have eaten.

Paris has a sound reputation in haute gastronomie, with numerous starred restaurants in the capital.

What’s more, a Parisian chef tops the rankings: Pierre Gagnaire, for his eponymous restaurant in the very chic 8th arrondissement. Also in the 8th arrondissement are the two other Parisian chefs who feature in the top 10: Éric Frechon, at the helm of the restaurant Epicure (hotel Le Bristol), and Yannick Alléno, who presides over the cooking atAlléno Paris, Carré des Champs-Élysées (ex Pavillon Ledoyen).
Not far off the top 10, star chefs Joël Robuchon and Alain Passard rank respectively 14th and 18th. New arrivals on the gastronomy scene also feature amongst the world’s greatest chefs. The Japanese chefs Shinichi Sato (Passage 53) and Kei Kobayashi (Kei restaurant) make up this new generation that offer contemporary and fusion cooking.

13 chefs in Paris … 19 chefs in the rest of France … France dominates the rankings! Further confirmation that French gastronomy, spearheaded by these talented artists, is a reference worldwide. With Gérald Passedat at Marseille (Le Petit Nice), Paul Bocuse near to Lyon, Anne-Sophie Pic at Valence (Maison Pic) and Arnaud Lallement near to Reims (L’Assiette Champenoise), the rankings offer a high-flying gastronomic tour of France.

© Picture home page Thomas Duval for  Pierre Gagnaire.
© Picture Inside Page Jacques Gavard for Pierre Gagnaire (Canard laqué, poivron rouge, feuille de date, navet au colombo)
© Text Office du tourisme de Paris

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Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


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Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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