Taillevent is a restaurant in Paris, founded in 1946 by André Vrinat, and now owned by the Gardinier family.
The restaurant was named in a tribute to Guillaume Tirel, called Taillevent, a cook in the 14th century known to have written the first cuisine book in French, Le Viandier, ordered by Charles V of France.
In 1948, it won its first star given by the French restaurant guide Guide Michelin. In 1950, the restaurant moved to the mansion of the Duc de Morny, built in 1852, which was a family house before becoming the embassy of Paraguay. Today the restaurant is located at 15, Lamenais Street, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
In 1954 Taillevent restaurant received its second star under the chef Lucien Leheu. Jean-Claude Vrinat, son of the founder and a graduate of HEC Paris, began working there in 1962. In 1973, Guide Michelin awarded three stars to Taillevent restaurant, under the direction of the chef Claude Deligne.
Its pastry chefs have included Philippe Feret from Brasserie Julien.
The chef Philippe Legendre began working at Taillevent in 1991.
In 1987, Taillevent opened a wine shop, Les Caves Taillevent, at 199 Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. This wine shop is under the direction of Valérine Vrinat, who began to work for Taillevent the same year.
In 2001, Taillevent's owners opened another restaurant, L'Angle du Faubourg, located at 195 Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Michel del Burgo left Taillevent's kitchens to lead L'Angle du Faubourg, and was replaced by head chef Alain Solivérès. Alain Lecomte became head pastry cook.
In 2013, Les Caves de Taillevent opened its first Middle Eastern branch in Beirut, Lebanon, in Les Jardins de Tabaris.
After Alain Lecomte left Taillevent, Arnaud Vodounou became the new head pastry cook.
On 21 February 2007, Jean-Claude Vrinat announced on his blog the loss of the third star, which was also referred to in the International Herald Tribune newspaper. Vrinat died of lung cancer on 7 January 2008. He was 71 years old.
List of chefs at Taillevent restaurant
- (2002-today) Alain Solivérès
- (2001-2002) Michel del Burgo
- (1991-1999) Philippe Legendre
- (1970-1991) Claude Deligne
- (1950-1970) Lucien Leheu
- (1946-1950) Paul Cosnier
- "Le Taillevent". Wine Spectator. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
- "La Nouvelle du Jour" about Taillevent, Jean-Claude Vrinat's blog (fr)[dead link]
- News about the loss of the third star on Jean-Claude Vrinat's blog (fr)
- "Taillevent is demoted to 2 Michelin stars, Herald Tribune online". International Herald Tribune. 22 February 2007.
- Taillevent official website
- A review of Taillevent by New York Times newspaper
- A review "60 years birthday of Taillevent restaurant" by l'Internaute (fr)
- A review of Taillevent by Intelligent Life
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