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

World’s greatest chefs rankings: 16 Parisian chefs in top 100

In January, a few days before the publication of the 2016 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 528 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.

What’s more, a Parisian chef is second in 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 Pascal Barbot, who presides over the cooking at L'Astrance.

Not far off the top 10, star chefs Alain PassardYannick Alléno and Joël Robuchon rank respectively 14th, 15th and 17th. New arrivals on the gastronomy scene also feature amongst the world’s greatest chefs. The Japanese chefs Shinichi Sato and Kei Kobayashi (Kei restaurant) make up this new generation that offer contemporary and fusion cooking.



French chefs monopolize the rankings

Pierre Gagnaire, salle, panorama, Paris © Thomas Duval

16 chefs in Paris … 22 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.

As was expected  these ambassadors of French haute gastronomie feature in the 2016 Michelin Guide, which was published on February 1st. See 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......

L'Astrance 2/5 MICHELIN

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......

L'Ambroisie 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
9 place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

This restaurant, run by father and son Michelin-starred chefs Bernard and Mathieu Pacaud, opened at the heart of the Marais under......

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......

Restaurant Guy Savoy - Monnaie de Paris 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant | In a museum or monument
Monnaie de Paris - 11 quai de Conti, Paris, 75006

'Goodness' and 'generosity' are two words which keep coming up to describe this chef, who transforms his ingredients into works......


Gastronomic restaurant
5 rue Coq Héron, Paris, 75001

Kei restaurant is located in the centre of Paris, between the Louvre and the Palais-Royal. The young Michelin-starred chef of......

Le Grand Restaurant Jean-François Piège 2/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
7 rue d'Aguesseau, Paris, 75008

In the heart of the Golden Triangle, between the places de la Madeleine and de la Concorde, a stone's throw away from the rue du......

Akrame 1/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
7 rue Tronchet, Paris, 75008

A few steps from the place de la Madeleine and the department stores, the restaurant Akrame welcomes guests in a chic and modern......

Le Cinq 3/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant | In a hotel
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris - 31 avenue George V, Paris, 75008

Le Cinq is a must-see Parisian destination on its own. At Le Cinq, French cuisine concocted by Christian Le Squer reaches new......

Le Taillevent 2/5 MICHELIN

Gastronomic restaurant
15 rue Lamennais, Paris, 75008

Former private mansion of Duc de Morny, a few steps from the Champs Elysées, the Taillevent is a legend in its own right. The......

Septime 1/5 MICHELIN

Traditional French cuisine
80 rue de Charonne, Paris, 75011

Septime is one of the best restaurants in rue de Charonne, which nevertheless already has plenty! Up-and-coming chef Bertrand......