Every year, Gault & Millau unveils its addresses of good restaurants plus the chef of the year.
For the 50th anniversary of the yellow guide, a special event at the Moulin Rouge in Paris honoured chefs and French gastronomy.
And the 2020 Gault & Millau Chef of the Year is... Arnaud Donckele!
Annual Gault & Millau 2020 Gala, the greatest French chefs in the Moulin Rouge stage - Paris, November 4, 2019
On November 4th, 2019, the best French chefs were invited for an evening full of surprises.
The highlight of this event was the revelation of the Cook of the Year 2020, one of the most important awards in the circle of great French restaurants.
Arnaud Donckele, a 42-year-old chef, already recognized and awarded three Michelin stars, is the winner of the supreme title.
If you would like to taste the dishes of Mr. Donckele and his team, go to the beach of Bouillabaisse at the entrance of Saint-Tropez!
Gault & Millau 2020 awards and other surprises!
This special evening was also an opportunity to unveil many other awards:
> The Pastry chefs of the year 2020: Jessica Préalpato from Alain Ducasse restaurant at Plaza Athénée (Paris, 8th arrondissement) and, Max Martin from Yoann Conte restaurant (Veyrier-du-Lac, Haute-Savoie).
> Sommeliers of the Year: Laura Vidal and Caroline Loiselieux, restaurant La Mercerie (Marseille), Julien Meurillon de L'Arbre (Montpellier)
> The Hall Directors of the Year: Nicolas Stamm from La Fourchette des Ducs (Obernai, Bas-Rhin), Hélène Cousi from L'Arpège (Paris, 7th arrondissement)
> The Greats of Tomorrow: Julien Poisot from Le Duèze restaurant at Château de Mercuès (Lot), Jean-Baptiste Lavergne-Morazzini from La Table du 11 (Versailles), Tabata and Ludovic Mey from restaurant Les Apothicaires (Lyon), Florian Descours from restaurant La Boria (Privas, Loire), Xavier Jarry from restaurant La Fabrique (Schiltigheim, Bas-Rhin) and Baptiste Denieul from Auberge Tiegezh (Guer, Morbihan).
> The Gault & Millau Academy
The Gault & Millau is 50 years old but it continues to surprise and innovate! Proof shown by 10 chefs who inaugurate the Academy to promote French gastronomy.
These 10 chefs win the coveted "five golden toques"... for life!
- Georges Blanc from Georges Blanc restaurant (Vonnas, Ain)
- Alain Ducasse from Alain Ducasse restaurants at Plaza Athénée (Paris) and Alain Ducasse at Hôtel de Paris (Monaco)
- Pierre Gagnaire from the restaurant Pierre Gagnaire (Paris)
- Michel Guérard from Les Près d'Eugénie (Eugénie-les-Bains, Landes)
- Marc Haeberlin from L'Auberge de l'Ill (Illhaeusern, Haut-Rhin)
- Régis Marcon from Régis et Jacques Marcon restaurant (Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid, Haute-Loire)
- Alain Passard de L'Arpège (Paris)
- Guy Savoy from Guy Savoy restaurant (Paris)
- Michel Trama of Michel Trama restaurant (Puymirol, Lot-et-Garonne)
- And of course, Marc Veyrat of La Maison des Bois (Manigod, Haute-Savoie)
> The 30 Young Talents
In 2020, Gault & Millau will focus in young talent! 30 young chefs in the regions are highlighted in a new dedicated guide: 109.
David Le Quellec at the control of the kitchens of the Moulin Rouge
On stage: Chef David Le Quellec from Moulin Rouge recognized by a Gault & Millau chef since 2017 and Jacques Bally, President of Gault & Millau
The talented Chef of the Moulin Rouge, David Le Quellec, and his team (about 120 people), had the delicate task of preparing the Gala meal for the best French chefs... Fortunately ProcSea, official partner of the event, made it easier for him by finding the best scallops in Normandy 😄
Let's wish a happy birthday to the whole Gault & Millau team, who are taking advantage of their 50 candles to (still) shake up the little world of great gastronomy!