Pierre Gagnaire

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Pierre Gagnaire
Gagnaire (third from right) at his restaurant
Born9 April 1950 (1950-04-09) (age 74)
Apinac, Loire, France
Culinary career
Cooking styleModern French/New French
Current restaurant(s)
    • Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire (Paris) 3 Michelin stars
    • Sketch (London) 3 Michelin stars
Television show(s)

Pierre Gagnaire (born 9 April 1950) is a French chef, and 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, 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").

In Europe[edit]

The restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire, specializes in modern French cuisine and has garnered three Michelin stars. Gagnaire is also head chef of Sketch in London.[1][2] In 2005, both restaurants were ranked in the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants by industry magazine Restaurant,[3] with Pierre Gagnaire ranking third for three consecutive years (2006, 2007, and 2008).[4][5][6]

In the United States[edit]

In December 2009, Gagnaire made his United States debut with Twist, a new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, which has since received a Forbes Five-Star Award[citation needed] but has since closed.

Media appearances[edit]

Pierre Gagnaire has made appearances on Fuji TV's Iron Chef. He represented France in the 1995 Iron Chef World Cup in Tokyo, with the other chefs chosen being Italy's Gianfranco Vissani and Hong Kong's Xu Cheng as well as Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba representing Japan. He also appeared in the "France Battle Special" at Château de Brissac, where he battled Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai.


In 2015, Gagnaire won a Best Chef in the World award.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b Prince, Rose (9 July 2009). "Pierre Gagnaire: all the fun of the fare". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  2. ^ a b Prince, Rose (27 May 2010). "Pierre Gagnaire: Keep your mind open in the kitchen". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  3. ^ S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2005 Award Winners Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2006 Award Winners Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2007 Award Winners Archived 30 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2008 Award Winners Archived 14 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Le Chef Lists 100 of The Best Chefs in the World". FineDiningLovers.com. 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Meet Pierre Gagnaire, the 'best chef in the world'". FoodDiva.net. April 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.

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