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
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 Passard, Yannick 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
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!