Paul Haeberlin (chef)

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Paul Haeberlin

Paul Haeberlin (November 24, 1923 – May 10, 2008) was a French chef and restaurateur. He was the owner of Auberge de l’Ill, a classical French restaurant, which was first awarded a 3-star Michelin Rating in 1967 and continues to be one of the oldest 3-star establishments in France.[1] His restaurant has served as a school for many of the world's premier French chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys (restaurant).[1]

Haeberlin was born in the village of Illhaeusern in the Alsace region of France.[1] His grandparents had opened a small inn and cafe in the town, called L’Arbre Vert, in 1878.[1] He became an apprentice at the Hôtel de la Pépinière in Ribeauvillé, France, when he was just 14 years old.[1] He next moved to Paris where he worked in restaurants such as Poccardi and Rôtisserie Périgourdine.[1]

Haeberlin had to give up cooking during World War II when he was drafted into the French army.[1] His family's inn, L’Arbre Vert (the green tree) was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1945 near the end of the war.[1] The family rebuilt it after World War II, renaming the restaurant Auberge de l’Ill.[1]

Paul Haeberlin and his brother, Jean-Pierre Haeberlin, a decorative artist, oversee operations of the new restaurant.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Grimes, William (2008-05-13). "Paul Haeberlin, 3-Star Chef, Dies at 84". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 

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