France is a country which is known for its vast culinary exploits. The country is celebrated worldwide for its master of the culinary arts.
Most aspiring chefs usually make their way to the country to learn everything they can about the food and the culture.
Also, the country has produced some of the most renowned chefs in the world. This article will focus on some of the most famous French chefs to have ever lived. So sit back as we explore the lives of these renowned French chefs in detail.
1. Jean-Christophe Novelli.
This famous French chef was born on February 22nd, 1961, in Arras, a city in France. As such, Jean-Christophe Novelli is 58 years old at the moment. Jean is a father of two, and presently dating a woman named Michelle Kennedy.
He discovered his interest in the culinary arts when he was very young, 14 years old, to be exact, as he took up an interest in baking. A few years later, Jean-Christophe would go on to apprentice for another famous French chef, Elie de Rothschild.
Years of working in the culinary arts have seen Jean open multiple restaurants across the UK, as well as a school known as Novelli Academy. The French chef has also authored a cookbook titled Everyday Novelli, which features about a hundred different recipes. Also, Jean is also a television personality who has starred on popular cooking based reality shows like Culinary Genius and Chef Academy.
2. Michel Guérard.
Another famous French chef is Michel Guérard. He was born on March 27th, 1933, in Vétheuil, which would make him 86 years old as of 2019. He honed his skills at Mantes-La-Jolie, a famous establishment in Paris. The renowned French chef would then go on to launch another popular restaurant, Le Pot-au-Feu, in the same town.
Michel is also credited for developing the Cuisine Minceur method, which is a culinary style of cooking. The chef is also the author of several cookbooks. These include Eat Well and Stay Slim, Cuisine For Home, and Cuisine Gourmande, to name a few.
3. Alain Passard
He is a 63-year-old La Guerche born famous French chef. Alain Passard came into this world on the 4th of August 1954. He is an entrepreneur who owns the restaurant L’Arpège, which is based in Paris. Before he ventured out on his own, he served under the tutelage of another famous French chef, Gaston Boyer.
Being a naturalist, Alain Passard makes full use of products such as vegetables. The French chef has also authored a cookbook titled The Art of Cooking with Vegetables. He also hosts a cooking based reality show called Chef’s Table: France, which he hosts alongside Alexandre Couillon.
4. Guy Savoy.
Guy Savoy is a 66-year-old Nevers native whose exploits in the culinary world has seen him earn awards such as the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. This came after the success of his establishment, the Guy Savoy restaurant. He owns a handful of other establishments across the French capital.
Being a former student of the Troisgros clan, Guy specializes in making seasonal dishes. The famous French chef has also perfected the Nouvelle cuisine method of cooking. Also, his vast experience in the culinary world has seen him author several books such as Vegetable Magic and the Best of Guy Savoy.
5. Rougui Dia.
She is a famous French chef who was born on February 27th, 1976, in Paris. Rougui Dia’s mother is originally from Senegal. As such, she inspired Rougui to experiment with African flavors while growing up in Neuilly-Plaisance. The talented chef rose to prominence after she started working at 144 Petrossian, a popular establishment in the country. A few years later and the famous French chef was promoted to the position of head chef. The restaurant has flourished under the leadership of Rougui Dia, as she brings a diverse blend of culture to the menu.
6. Raymond Blanc.
The 70-year-old French chef comes from Besançon. He was born on the 19th of November 1949. The culinary arts are something which he learned from his mother, as she taught him how to integrate vegetables and seasonal fruits into meals. The talented chef polished his cooking skills while working under another famous chef, André Chavagnon, at an establishment called La Sorbonne.
Raymond owns a restaurant called Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, which is based in Oxfordshire, in the UK. He has also gone on to launch about nine other different establishments in the country. Raymond is also a television personality who has featured on shows like The Restaurant and Masterchef UK.
7. Pierre Hermé
Born on November 20th, 1961, 58-year-old Pierre Hermé is a famous French chef. He hails from Colmar, a little town in France. Pierre discovered his interest in the culinary arts in his early teens. He was taken under the tutelage of experienced chef Gaston Lenôtre, who helped him hone his skills.
Pierre’s career has seen him earn a plethora of awards. These include Chevalier of Arts and Letters and also being recognized as the Pastry Chef of the Year. He has also authored cook related books like Le Larousse des Desserts, Satin, and Chocolate, to name a few.
8. Hélène Darroze.
Hélène Darroze is a famous French famous who was born in Mont-de-Marsan, on February 23rd, 1967. This would make her 52 years old at the moment. Hélène is the daughter of Francis and Annick Darroze.
She specializes in French Cuisine in regards to her cooking technique. She trained under the guidance of Alain Ducasse, a renowned chef at the time. Hélène Darroze has launched a few establishments, the likes of which include Hélène Darroze in Rue d’Assas.
9. Paul Bocuse.
He was a famous French chef who was born on the 11th of February 1926 in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or. Paul Bocuse is recognized for being one of the very first chefs to implement the Nouvelle Cuisine technique of cooking.
In the 70s, he invented the truffle soup for the president of France. The popular chef also launched the Bocuse d’Or, one of the most prestigious awards available in the culinary arts. Back in 2011, he was recognized with the Chef of the Century Award. He also wrote cookbooks such as ‘Paul Bocuse’s French Cooking.’
On the 20th of January 2018, Paul Bocuse passed away aged 91 years old. To date, he remains one of the most famous French chefs to have ever lived.
10. Anne-Sophie Pic.
Anne is presently recognized as one of the most famous female French chefs to have ever lived. She was born on July 12th, 1969, which would make her 50 years old currently. Anne-Sophie Pic hails from Valence and attended the Institut Supérieur de Gestion.
While she did not attend culinary school as most professional chefs do, she would hone her skills in the French cuisine method of cooking under the supervision of her father. Presently, Anne-Sophie Pic runs one of the hottest establishments in the South of France. This is La Maison Pic.