Parisian chefs figure prominently in the world’s top 100 chefs

World’s greatest chefs rankings: 7 Parisian chefs in top 100

In January, a few days before the publication of the 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 hundreds of chefs 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. 

Parisian chefs at the summit of their art

Alléno Paris - Pavillon Ledoyen, Yannick Alléno, Paris © Goeffroy de Boismenu

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

The first Parisian chef is Yannick Alléno (in 11th place) for his restaurant Alléno Paris - Pavillon Ledoyen in the very chic 8th arrondissement. Not far from there are the two other Parisian chefs who feature in the top 10: Éric Frechon (24th), at the helm of the restaurant Epicure (hotel Le Bristol), and Pascal Barbot (14th), who presides over the cooking at L'Astrance.

Not far off the top 10, star chefs Alain Passard and Pierre Gagnaire rank respectively 15th and 38th are of course also in the ranking. New arrivals on the gastronomy scene also feature amongst the world’s greatest chefs. Chefs Jérôme Banctel for Le Gabriel at the La Réserve Hotel and David Toutain for his eponymous restaurant make up this new generation that offer contemporary and fusion cooking.

French chefs monopolize the rankings

Pierre Gagnaire - 6 rue Balzac - Vue générale de la salle, Paris

7 chefs in Paris … 22 chefs in the rest of France (including the first 4 places)… France dominates the rankings! Further confirmation that French gastronomy, spearheaded by these talented artists, is a reference worldwide. With Mauro Colagreco in Menton (Restaurant Mirazur), Flocons de Sel by chef Emmanuel Renaut in Megève, 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.

As was expected  these ambassadors of French haute gastronomie feature in the Michelin GuideSee the new listing!

Pierre Gagnaire 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant | In a hotel
Hôtel Balzac - 6 rue Balzac, Paris, 75008

The chef Pierre Gagnaire is behind this restaurant of the same name, located in the Hôtel Balzac, just minutes from the......


Gastronomic restaurant
4 rue Beethoven, Paris, 75016

L'Astrance, close to Trocadéro and opposite the Eiffel Tower, is run by the Michelin-starred chef Pascal Barbot. Each meal is a......

Épicure 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant | In a hotel
Le Bristol Paris - 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75008

Epicure, the restaurant at Le Bristol, Parisian palace on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, is regularly featured in the most......

L'Arpège 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
84 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

The restaurant Arpège is located near Invalides. The Michelin-starred chef Alain Passard gives vegetables pride of place. Enjoy......

Alléno Paris - Pavillon Ledoyen 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
Carré des Champs-Élysées - 8 avenue Dutuit, Paris, 75008

Located in the picturesque gardens of the Champs-Elysées, Alléno Paris - Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest gastronomic......

Restaurant David Toutain 2/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
29 rue Surcouf, Paris, 75007

The young chef David Toutain has a restaurant of the same name near Invalides. The decor is simple but the food is an explosion......