Pierre Gagnaire (9 April 1950 in Apinac, Loire) is a well known French chef, and is the Head Chef and owner of the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant at 6 rue Balzac in Paris (in the 8th arrondissement). Gagnaire is an iconoclastic chef at the forefront of the fusion cuisine movement. Beginning his career in St. Etienne where he won three Michelin Stars, Gagnaire tore at the conventions of classic French cooking by introducing jarring juxtapositions of flavours, tastes, textures, and ingredients. On his website Pierre Gagnaire gives his mission statement as the wish to run a restaurant which is 'facing tomorrow but respectful of yesterday' ("tourné vers demain mais soucieux d'hier"). His restaurant was named 4th in the 2013 Elite Traveler and Laurent Perrier Top 100 Restaurants in the World.
In Europe 
The restaurant specializes in modern French cuisine, and has garnered three Michelin stars, as well as being ranked fourth in the Elite Traveler World's Top Restaurants Guide in 2012. Gagnaire is also Head Chef of Sketch in London. In 2005 both restaurants were ranked in the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants by industry magazine Restaurant, with Pierre Gagnaire ranking third in 2006 and 2007.
In the United States 
In December 2009, Gagnaire made his United States debut with Twist, a new flagship restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, which has since received great critical praise, a position as one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the United States by Andre Gayot, and a Forbes Five-Star Award.
Media appearances 
Pierre also made appearances on Fuji TV's Iron Chef. He represented France in the 1995 Iron Chef World Cup. He later appeared in the "France Battle" because of financial difficulties at that time.
Current restaurants 
- Paris, Pierre Gagnaire 1996–
- Paris, Gaya rive gauche par Pierre Gagnaire 2005–
- London, Sketch 2002–
- Tokyo, Pierre Gagnaire a Tokyo 2005–
- Hong Kong, Pierre 2006–
- Courchevel, Pierre Gagnaire pour les Airelles 2007–
- Dubai, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire 2008–
- Seoul, Pierre Gagnaire à Séoul 2008–
- Las Vegas, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire 2009–
- Tokyo, Pierre Gagnaire Tokyo 2010
- Saint-Tropez, Colette 2010–
- Moscow, Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire 2010–
- Berlin, Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire 2013–
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