AT LE CINQ
With honor and humility, I am re-entering the club of Chefs awarded the “Five Toques” of the Gault & Millau guide for the restaurant, “Le V”, with an exceptional score of 19/20. I also received two Michelin stars in 2015. In 2016, thanks to a lot of work and outstanding teams, I achieved my goal: a third Michelin star for Le Cinq. Le Cinq is also included in the ranking of “the 4 best restaurants in Paris” in the Lebey Guide.
I left the Ledoyen restaurant, where I spent fifteen years, twelve of which with three Michelin stars. I then headed for the gourmet restaurant “Le V”, in the Four Seasons Hotel George V, representing a challenge, which I love: make this restaurant excellent, in all the guides, to all palates.
In 2008, I launched a new restaurant, l’Etc (for Traditional Épicure Cuisine) in Paris, for which I was awarded one Michelin star. In 2011, I opened the restaurant La Grande Verrière at the Zoological Gardens near the Bois de Boulogne.
THE LEDOYEN YEARS
In 1999, succeeding Ghislaine Arabian, I took over the Pavillon Ledoyen at the bottom of the Champs Elysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. In 2000 I confirmed my two stars, and in 2002, I was awarded my third Michelin star. In 2013, I entered the circle of Chefs awarded “five toques” by Gault et Millau.
I worked hard, I learned, and I acquired gastronomic training in Parisian kitchens such as The Divellec, Lucas Carton, Taillevent and the Ritz, then I took orders at the kitchen of the Cafe de la Paix Restaurant Opéra. This is where I had the honour of winning my first star in 1996, and my second in 1998.
As a child in my home town of Plouhinec, in Ria d’Etel, I yearned to become a sailor. After being introduced to cookery on a fishing boat, I hesitated between the two professions. Eventually, I joined a hospitality school in 1986 and obtained a CAP/BEP in cookery at the Jean Guéhenno Lycée Professionnel in Vannes.