Philippe Etchebest

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Philippe Etchebest
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Etchebest wearing the tricolor collar of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsmen of France) awarded by the president of France
Born (1966-12-02) 2 December 1966 (age 51)
Soissons, France
Spouse(s) Dominique Etchebest
Culinary career
Cooking style French cuisine

Philippe Etchebest (born 2 December 1966) is a French chef. He was awarded two Michelin stars at the Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion, France. He appears on French television in Cauchemar en cuisine, the French-language version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.


Etchebest's father owned a restaurant in Bordeaux and his family lived above the restaurant. In his youth, he played rugby for the Bègles-Bordeaux rugby club and practised judo.[1][2] At the age of fifteen, he chose to pursue a career in catering over professional rugby.[3] Etchebest trained at the Talence Bordeaux culinary school.[4]

By the age of 22 he was second chef de cuisine at the Paris restaurant Clos Longchamps, and moved on to Jardins de l'Opéra in Toulouse in 1992. He subsequently became head chef at Chateau Grand Barrail, where he stayed for five years and where, in 2000, he was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France.[2][4] He moved to Château des Reynats in 2001 where he won his first Michelin star.[4] Etchebest joined the Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion in 2003.[5] The restaurant already held a Michelin star which he retained, and added a second star in 2008.[4]

He began presenting the cooking reality television show Cauchemar en cuisine on French channel M6 in 2011.[4] The show is the French language equivalent of Gordon Ramsay's British and American television shows Kitchen Nightmares.[6] Etchebest prefers to know as little as possible in advance about each restaurant visited in the show in order to keep his reactions spontaneous.[7]

Since 2015, he had also become to be member of the jury in Top Chef's French adaptation, aired on M6 .

Personal life[edit]

He has a son named Louis Oscar,[1] and is married to Dominique.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Philippe Etchebest : "Un repas, c'est comme un match"". La Depeche (in French). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Aquitaine Plays Host to the World Cup" (PDF). Aquitaine Tourism Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Philipe Etchebest" (in French). Cuisine & Products d'Aquitaine. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Philippe Etchebest". M6 (in French). Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Tresmontant, Emmanuel (1 November 2006). "Philippe Etchebest, the new athlete of French cuisine". Via Michelin. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cauchemar en cuisine sans Ramsay, ce serait comme C'est pas sorcier sans Jamy". L'Express Culture (in French). 30 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Interview de Philippe Etchebest : Les dessous de cauchemar en cuisine". Les Gourmands 2.0 (in French). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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