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2 January 1943 |
Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France
Georges Blanc the son of Jean and Paulette Blanc. He has an older sister who was born in 1933. His grandmother Élisa died at her homeplace in Vonnas at the age of 66. His sons Frédéric and Alexandre Blanc support the family business.
In 1962, he graduated at the École Hôtlière of Thonon-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie. Before becoming interested in working as a chef he worked as a flight attendant for Air France, traveling all over the world during one summer.
In 1965, after working in a number of renowned places, he did his military service as a chef to Amiral Vedel on the Foch and Clémenceau aircraft carriers. He joined the family business (started in 1872) working with his mother Paulette and then succeeded her in 1968 at the age of twenty five. He transformed the hotel into a luxury hotel with the subsequent development of adjacent properties into a gourmet village.
In 1981, he received his third Michelin star and the title of Chef of the Year in the Gault et Millau guide. In 1985, he received the rare mark of 19.5/20 from the same guide, a mark that had never before been attained.
In 1990, Georges Blanc bought the bakery and grocery store from the Charvet-Guyennet family to create the Ancienne Auberge. He also opened seventeen houses around his restaurant at the center of Vonnas to create his "village gourmand" (hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.)
- Commander of the Legion of Honour (11 July 2008)
- Officer of the National Order of Merit (2 August 1993)
- Commander du Ordre du Mérite Agricole (1993)
- Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2002)
- Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004)
- "Georges Blanc in Vonnas - 3 Michelin stars". elizabethonfood.com. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
- Official website (in French)
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