5 November 1977 |
He is owner and chef of the gourmet restaurant Le Quinzième (1 Michelin star), also of Le Chardenoux, one of the last true Parisian bistros located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, another bistro located in the famed Saint-Germain des Près district: Le Chardenoux des Prés and two pastry shops La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris and in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Since 2010, his workshop Cuisine Attitude located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris welcomes both novices, budding amateurs and experts for cooking and pastry classes, as well as for special events. Chef Lignac is also TV presenter for culinary programs on the French television channel M6, and signed a series of more than 40 cook books which sold over 3 million copies.
After an apprenticeship in his native region of Aveyron in South Western France, Cyril Lignac made his way to Paris in 2000 to work in the kitchen of « L’Arpège », the famed restaurant of Chef Alain Passard. He continued to hone his skills alongside top chefs, namely the Jacques et Laurent Pourcel at « La Maison Blanche » and « Le Jardin des Sens ». At their side, he discovered the pleasure to improvise and his passion for this trade was asserting progressively. As a product lover and naturally gourmet, he expressed the wish to share his know-how with a large audience with authenticity and simplicity via TV programmes and cookbooks.
Installation in Paris
In 2005, he opened his own gourmet restaurant Le Quinzième in Paris.
In 2008, he made history when he took over the Parisian bistro Le Chardenoux, listed historical monument. His menu gave a new pride of place to French specialties, enhancing them with fresh meaning, thanks to the chef’s own modern touches.
In 2010, he decided to transmit his know-how to an ever wider audience and opened the cooking workshop Cuisine Attitude.
In 2011, he brought the Chardenoux bistro concept to a new venue in the ever so Parisian Saint-Germain des Prés when he took over the legendary Claude Sainlouis renaming it Le Chardenoux des Prés. That same year, Cyril Lignac went into a new project and opened with Benoît Couvrand La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac in Paris. In 2013, they opened their second boutique in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in the Chaillot district, facing Galliera Palace.
The chef received his first Michelin star the 27th of February, 2012, for his gourmet restaurant Le Quinzième.
Cyril Lignac was spotted by the producer Bibiane Godfroid, which bought the rights of the show Jamie's Kitchen by Jamie Oliver and broadcast on Channel 4. He became a media figure by participating in several programs broadcast on M6 channel:
- 2005 : Oui chef ! ;
- 2006 : Chef, la recette ! ;
- 2007 : Vive la cantine ! ;
- 2009 : Chef Contre Attaque ;
- 2010 : MIAM : Mon invitation à manger, performed by his own production company KFP (Kitchen Factory Productions) ;
- from 2010 until today:Top Chef ;
- from 2011 until today: "100% Terroirs" broadcast every Friday in 100 % Mag program ;
- 2012 : Le Chef en France, programs dedicated to French regions and their culinary heritage ;
- 2012 : Le Meilleur pâtissier, the French version of The Great British Bake Off, an amateur pastry competition.
Cyril Lignac has published about forty cookbooks, including Génération Chef, Cuisine Attitude, or Le Chardenoux, edited by Hachette Pratique. At spring 2012, he signed a Best of in collaboration with Alain Ducasse edition and in September 2012 Le Chardenoux des Près. La cuisine de mon bistrot with Hachette (126 pages). From 2007 to 2011, he was editorial adviser for the bimonthly magazine Cuisine by Cyril Lignac, published by Paper Box.
In 2008, Cyril Lignac was chosen to support « Un fruit pour la récré » by the French ministry of Agriculture, a program of free fruits distribution in schools.
In 2012, Cyril Lignac received his first Michelin star for his gourmet restaurant Le Quinzième. At the same time, GQ Magazine recognized his entrepreneurial spirit and his talent for sharing simple pleasures when they named him “Chef of the Year”.
- Cyril Lignac official website
- Cyril Lignac TV culinary shows trailers
- "Le Chardenoux" official website
- Le Chardenoux des Prés" official website
- Cyril Lignac on Facebook
- Website of the restaurant "Le quinzième"
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