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The 27 Michelin Three Star Restaurants of France


Happy Thursday good foodie friends,
Eater.com released the list of the latest Michelin 3 star restaurants in France. I love to dream of being able to visit and eat at one of these great eateries one day.
Thank you Eater.com

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Enjoy the list and dare to dream. Let me know if you are one of the lucky ones to eat at one of these restaurants and let me know what you think! Do you think it’s a Michelin star restaurant?

The 27 Michelin Three-Star Restaurants of France
Thursday, February 27, 2014, by Amy McKeever

On Monday morning, the Michelin guide unveiled its 2014 list of stars for France, which includes 27 three-star gastronomic temples. But where can these be found? As has been done in past years, today Eater takes a look at the Michelin three-star restaurants of France, from Paris to Marseille and everything in between.

Listed in alphabetical order, these establishments include restaurants that have been passed through families for generations (Auberge de L’Ill, Maison Troisgros, Maison Lameloise) as well as eponymous restaurants from France’s culinary legends (Bras, Paul Bocuse, Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy). Speaking of legends, Alain Ducasse appears here twice (his previous Parisian three-star Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is closed for a remodel and is not listed) with Le Louis XV and Le Meurice. Meanwhile, Anne-Sophie Pic remains the only woman with three Michelin stars in France at Maison Pic, and Arnaud Lallement joins the circle of celebrated three-star chefs with the (leaked) addition of L’Assiette Champenoise. Here now, the Michelin three-star restaurants of France:

AUBERGE DE L’ILL
2 RUE DE COLLONGES AU MONT D’OR, ILLHAEUSERN, 68970, FRANCE
+33 3 89 71 89 00,

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AUBERGE DE L’ILL Set in the Alsatian village of Illhaeusern, Auberge de L’Ill is one of the longest-running Michelin-starred restaurants passed down through the decades in the Haeberlin family. The first star came back in 1952, with the third finally bestowed upon the restaurant in 1967. It’s now under the watch of chef Marc Haeberlin.

2 RUE DE COLLONGES AU MONT D’OR, ILLHAEUSERN, 68970, FRANCE
+33 3 89 71 89 00

AUBERGE DU VIEUX PUITS Chef Gilles Goujon landed at the picturesque L’Auberge du Vieux Puits in 1992 and began his climb up the ladder of Michelin stars. In 2010, he finally made it to the coveted three-star level for his cuisine that Michelin inspectors describe as an expert balance of season, terroir, and innovation.

5 AVENUE SAINT-VICTOR, 11360 FONTJONCOUSE, FRANCE
+33 4 68 44 07 37

BRAS The inspiration of many a culinary journey, Restaurant Bras is where the legendary Michel Bras began exerting his influence on generations of chefs to come. Now, his son Sébastien Bras runs this kitchen in the countryside that is Laguiole.

ROUTE DE L’AUBRAC, LAGUIOLE, 12210, FRANCE
+33 5 65 51 18 20

EPICURE The airy dining room at Epicure is a stunning setting for enjoying chef Eric Frechon’s three-Michelin-starred cuisine. Having already worked at Hotel Le Bristol as a teen at the beginning of his career, Frechon returned as head chef in 1999. He quickly added its second Michelin star in 2001 and, finally, nabbed the third in 2009.

112 RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONORÉ, PARIS, 75008, FRANCE
+33 1 53 43 43 40

FLOCONS DE SELHigh up in the French Alps, Flocons de Sel is where chef Emmanuel Renaut first earned his third Michelin star two years ago. Renaut has created a true dining destination in the ski town of Megève by pairing this fine dining restaurant with a hotel, bistro, and cookery program.

1775 ROUTE DU LEUTAZ, 74120 MEGÈVE, FRANCE
+33 4 50 21 49 99

GEORGES BLANC In 1968, Georges Blanc took over the Vonnas inn that had been in his family for generations and converted it into a five-star hotel that won its third Michelin star in 1981. Blanc has since written about a dozen cookbooks and opened restaurants elsewhere in Vonnas and beyond.

PLACE DU MARCHÉ, 01540 VONNAS, FRANCE
+ 33 (0)4 74 50 90 90

GUY SAVOY Guy Savoy’s flagship restaurant in Paris won its third star in 2002, about five years after he moved it to this more spacious location on rue Troyon. This acclaimed French chef — who trained with the Troisgros brothers — has made iconic dishes such as his artichoke and black truffle soup.

18 RUE TROYON, PARIS, 75017, FRANCE
+33 1 43 80 40 61

L’AMBROISIE L’Ambroisie opened in 1986 in a former townhouse set in Paris’ Place des Vosges, an intimate dining room that serves as the setting for one of the city’s most heralded dining experiences. Mathieu and Bernard Pacaud offer what Michelin describes as an “explosion of flavours, scientific approach, and perfect execution.”

9 PLACE DES VOSGES, PARIS, 75004, FRANCE
+33 1 42 78 51 45

L’ARNSBOURG Chef Jean-Georges Klein has held three Michelin stars since 2002 at this restaurant remotely located in the Vosges Mountains of Lorraine. L’Arnsbourg offers three set menus, starting at 95 euros ($131) up to 169 euros ($232) per person. He and his wife Nicole also operate a hotel on the premises for those who make the special trip out for a three-star meal.

UNTERMUHLTAL 18, BAERENTHAL, 57230, FRANCE
+33 3 87 06 50 85

L’ARPÈGE Chef Alain Passard gained his first two Michelin stars quickly after opening Arpège in 1986, finally getting that coveted third star 10 years later. Passard himself is one of the many heavyweights in French gastronomy, and is widely recognized for a focus on vegetables that has inspired chefs around the world.

84 RUE DE VARENNE, PARIS, 75007, FRANCE
+33 1 47 05 09 06

L’ASSIETTE CHAMPENOISE L’Assiette Champenoise entered the elite club of three-starred restaurants this year, which was fortunate considering a French news magazine had already leaked news of its promotion. Chef Arnaud Lallement leads this restaurant, which got its start nearly 40 years ago under his father Jean-Pierre.

40 AVENUE PAUL VAILLANT COUTURIER, TINQUEUX, 51430, FRANCE
+33 3 26 84 64 64

L’ASTRANCE Chef Pascal Barbot and manager Christophe Rohat worked together at Alain Passard’s Arpège before opening Astrance in 2000. They gained their third Michelin star in 2007 for a cuisine which food writer Elizabeth Auerbach describes as “state of the art, modern French gastronomy with Asian flair.” Only open four days a week, this is one of Paris’ truly tough tables.

4 RUE BEETHOVEN, PARIS, 75016, FRANCE
+33 1 40 50 84 40

LA CÔTE SAINT-JACQUES Located 90 minutes from Paris, La Côte Saint-Jacques is a three-star experience that has its origins in a bed-and-breakfast founded more than 60 years ago by chef Jean-Michel Lorain’s grandmother. Jean-Michel Lorain joined his father in the kitchen in 1983, helping the restaurant rise to its third Michelin star three years later. He has been running the kitchen solo since 2001.

14 FAUBOURG DE PARIS, 89300 JOIGNY, FRANCE
+33 3 86 62 09 70

LA MAISON TROISGROS Maison Troisgros is the stuff of French culinary legend, dating back to 1930 when Jean-Baptiste Troisgros purchased this property across from the Roanne railroad station. Sons Jean and Pierre earned the restaurant’s first Michelin star in 1955, bumped up to three in 1968 as the brothers helped guide the evolution of France’s Nouvelle Cuisine. Pierre’s son Michel has been running the kitchen since 1998, and throughout it all, Maision Troisgros has held onto those three stars for more than 45 years.

PLACE JEAN TROISGROS, ROANNE, 42300, FRANCE
+33 4 77 71 66 97

LA VAGUE D’OR La Vague d’Or joined Michelin’s list of three-starred restaurants just back in 2013, news which was leaked in advance as news of French Michelin stars seems wont to do these days. Chef Arnaud Donckele helms this Saint-Tropez gastronomic destination that celebrates the sea upon which it resides.

RÉSIDENCE DE LA PINÈDE, SAINT-TROPEZ, 83990, FRANCE
+33 (0)4 94 55 91 00

LE LOUIS XV – ALAIN DUCASSE More than 25 years ago, Alain Ducasse made a splash in the world of gastronomy with his celebrated Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, which become the first hotel restaurant to win three Michelin stars back in 1990. Ducasse has continued on to collect Michelin stars around the world, but Le Louis XV remains an icon of French cooking.

PLACE DU CASINO, MONACO, 98000, MONACO
+377 98 06 88 64

LE MEURICE Chef Yannick Alléno might be gone from Alain Ducasse’s Paris restaurant Le Meurice, but its three Michelin stars still shine brightly. Ducasse himself and new head chef Christophe Saintagne rebooted the menu this past Fall with a stripped-down focus on vegetables.

228 RUE DE RIVOLI, PARIS, 75001, FRANCE
+33 1 44 58 10 10

LE PETIT NICE Michelin explains that the cuisine at chef Gérald Passédat’s Le Petit Nice in Marseille “is steeped in Provence.” Seafood and flavors of the Mediterranean — which the restaurant overlooks — predominate this three-star menu.

17 RUE DES BRAVES, MARSEILLE, 13007, FRANCE
+33 4 91 59 25 92

LE PRÉ CATELAN Chef Frédéric Anton began his career studying under the likes of Gérard Boyer and Joel Robuchon, becoming the chef at Le Pré Catelan in 1997. Ten years later, Michelin awarded the restaurant three stars under Anton’s watch. This restaurant also has the advantage of an iconic — and beautiful — location within Paris’ Napoleon-era park Bois de Boulogne.

ROUTE DE SURESNES, PARIS, 75016, FRANCE
+33 1 44 14 41 14

LE RELAIS BERNARD LOISEAU Though the culinary world still mourns the passing of Bernard Loiseau — and rehashes the Michelin-related rumors associated with his suicide — his Saulieu restaurant continues to hold the three stars he won for it back in 1991. His wife, Dominique, still runs Le Relais Bernard Loiseau with chef Patrick Bertron leading the kitchen that he has worked in for more than 30 years.

2 RUE D’ARGENTINE, 21210 SAULIEU, FRANCE
+33 3 80 90 53 53

LES PRÉS D’EUGÉNIE – MICHEL GUÉRARD More than 30 years after first gaining his third Michelin star, chef Michel Guérard is still stunning the world of gastronomy with his restaurant at the hotel-spa Les Prés d’Eugénie. As the Wall Street Journal noted back in 2010, Guérard was the inventor of a lighter French cuisine and, along with Paul Bocuse, is “among the first global Gallic celebrity chefs.”

PLACE DE I’IMPERATRICE, EUGÉNIE-LES-BAINS, 40320, FRANCE
+33 5 58 05 06 07

MAISON LAMELOISE The history of Maison Lameloise stretches back to 1921, when three generations of the Lameloise ran this restaurant in the Burgundy region. It first received a third Michelin star in 1979, with a brief dip down between 2005 and 2007 before regaining the honor under the young chef Eric Pras, who continues to helm the kitchen.

36 PLACE D’ARMES, CHAGNY, 71150, FRANCE
+33 3 85 87 65 65

MAISON PIC France’s only three-Michelin-starred female chef Anne-Sophie Pic carries on the culinary tradition that was started in her family more than a century ago at Maison Pic. She won back the restaurant’s third Michelin star in 2007 thanks to a style of cooking that Pic’s own website describes as based upon “respect, taste and simplicity.”

285 AVENUE VICTOR HUGO, VALENCE, 26000, FRANCE
+33 4 75 44 15 32

PAUL BOCUSE It’s hard to overestimate the importance of French culinary legend Paul Bocuse and his three-starred Lyon restaurant. His eponymous restaurant has held three Michelin stars for nearly 50 years, and visitors can still order some of his iconic dishes such as the truffle soup Bocuse once served at a presidential dinner in 1975.

40 RUE DE LA PLAGE, COLLONGES-AU-MONT-D’OR, 69660, FRANCE
+33 4 72 42 90 90

PAVILLON LEDOYEN Ledoyen describes itself as the most secret of the three-Michelin-starred restaurants, located within the gardens of the Champs-Elysées. Michelin reports that chef Christian Le Squer “champions cuisine that is unpretentious yet cooked to perfection.”

1 AVENUE DUTUIT, PARIS, 75008, FRANCE
+33 1 53 05 10 00

PIERRE GAGNAIRE Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous restaurant in Paris gained its third star in 1998, just two years after opening on rue Balzac. This French chef has gone on to open restaurants across the world, and is already a living legend for his contributions to bridging the gap between classical French cuisine and modern-day gastronomy.

6 RUE BALZAC, PARIS, 75008, FRANCE
+33 1 58 36 12 50

RÉGIS ET JACQUES MARCON Régis et Jacques Marcon is another of France’s three-Michelin-starred family endeavors. Here, the Bocuse d’Or-winning father Régis and his son Jacques are known for reflecting the environment and the turn of the seasons on their constantly changing menu.

CHEMIN DE BRARD, SAINT-BONNET-LE-FROID, 43290, FRANCE
+33 4 71 59 93 72

AUBERGE DE L’ILL
AUBERGE DU VIEUX PUITS
BRAS
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EPICURE
FLOCONS DE SEL
FRANCE
GEORGES BLANC
GUY SAVOY
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L’AMBROISIE
L’ARNSBOURG
L’ARPEGE
L’ASSIETTE CHAMPENOISE
L’ASTRANCE
LA COTE SAINT-JACQUES
LA MAISON TROISGROS
LA VAGUE D’OR
LE LOUIS XV – ALAIN DUCASSE
LE MEURICE
LE PETIT NICE
LE PRE CATELAN
LE RELAIS BERNARD LOISEAU
LES PRES D’EUGENIE – MICHEL GUERARD
MAISON LAMELOISE
MAISON PIC
MICHELIN
MICHELIN GUIDE
PAUL BOCUSE
PAVILLON LEDOYEN
PIERRE GAGNAIRE
REGIS ET JACQUES MARCON

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Chez Christophe – Patisserie


Happy Tuesday great foodie friends.

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The Vancouver lower mainland is blossoming into a culinary wonderland.
Just about 1 year ago Chez Christophe opened their doors in Burnaby BC.
Christophe Bonzon is no stranger to Vancouver as he was the head pastry chef at Cin Cin for 2 years then he decided to open his own patisserie in North Burnaby – Chez Christophe
Location: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby BC.

Who is Christophe?
Swiss born Christophe first discovered his passion for chocolate and the age of ten while he was helping his mother make truffles for Christmas gifts.

Christophe’s resumé is studded with a decade full of intense apprenticeships and coursework in the fine art of pastry and chocolate, both in his native Switzerland and in France. Amongst many other institutions he has studied under some of Europe’s grand masters at Zurich’s Chocolate Academy, and at l’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in France. Various professional postings followed, including as pastry chef at Confectionary Schneider in Switzerland, followed by Choux Cafe in Western Australia. Christophe worked as an Executive Pastry Chef at one of the finest French Pastry Shops in Perth.

Now Christophe and his lovely wife Jessica, along with their great assistants create pastry and chocolate magic everyday (open Tuesday- Saturday with special hours during the holidays)
The quality and aromas are noticeable from the second you walk in the door.

Christophe will always find his way to say hi to all that walk in the door or at the very least a friendly wave from behind the finishing room that you see through the glass.
At Chez Christophe you will find fresh made pastries every morning as simple as a traditional croissant

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or one that is filled with extra treats like the double baked maple pecan croisssant to warm your tummy. The pastry is light, flakey and buttery just as you should expect from a traditional croissant.

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And enjoy it with a fresh cup of coffee of your liking.

From looking into the pastry showcase your eyes are quickly are pulled to the chocolate and sweet pastry / cake showcase and your mouth likely will start to water at the delectable treats in front of you.
You will surely recognize some flavor pairings but also notice some creative twists created by Chez Christophe.
Christophe only uses the best quality chocolate that he imports from fine European routes in Switzerland and France as well specialty chocolate from Cacao Barry

Some of my favorites are the Treo

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Which is layers of light, dark and white chocolate mousse with a dark sponge bottom and a ganache like top all that truly melt in your mouth like chocolate silk.
We had a special occasion that we needed a special cake for and we chose the Treo with a special show piece.

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Needless to say it was a

HIT

Other favorites are the Duo

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As well as good old favorites like eclairs and lemon tarts to name a few.

For special occasions Chez Christophe’s creativity and experience explodes Into exponential ways….

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A quality patisserie that will bring you back again and again! Creative, friendly and a chocolate master to be sure!

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YOU GOTTA TRY THIS!

Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie