Jean-Claude Vrinat (12 April 1936 – 7 January 2008) was the owner of the Taillevent restaurant founded by his father André Vrinat in Paris. This two star restaurant, named after the court chef to King Charles V in the fourteenth century, has long been considered the epitome of Haute Cuisine and is also known for its excellent service and its comprehensive wine list. It held three stars from 1973 to 2007.
Born in Villeneuve-l'Archevêque near Chablis in Bourgogne, Vrinat was educated by the Oratorians and received his diploma from HEC Paris (l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in 1959. He joined his father at the Taillevent in 1962 and inherited the restaurant on 3 September 1972. Vrinat branched out into retail wine sales with a shop called Les Caves Taillevent in 1987. He opened a smaller second Parisian restaurant L'Angle du Faubourg in March 2001.
Vrinat died of lung cancer at a Parisian hospital on January 7, 2008, at the age of 71. His funeral was held at Église de la Madeleine in central Paris. Vrinat was survived by his wife, Sabine, and one daughter.
- Patricia Wells, 'DINING: All Hail Jean-Claude Vrinat', International Herald Tribune, 8 February 2002.
- Nick Lander. 'Taillevent - celebrating 60 years' Business Life, 13 December 2006.
- George M. Taber, Judgment of Paris: California vs France and the Historic 1976 Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. New York: Scribner, 2005
- Jean-Claude Vrinat, 'Des fuites pas si anodines que cela...', Taillevent News, taillevent.com 21 February 2007.
- Patricia Wells. 'Admiring Taillevent, despite its demotion', ''International Herald Tribune, 27 February 2007.
- "Jean-Claude Vrinat". Associated Press. Legacy.com. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- Anthony Dias Blue. 'Eating and Drinking with Jean-Claude Vrinat', American Way, 15 December 2003.
- Another source giving the foundation as April 2001 is Anthony Dias Blue. 'Eating and Drinking with Jean-Claude Vrinat', American Way, 15 December 2003.