Chef Pascal Barbot : Less is more!
- 3 Stars in France during 12 years
- 19/20 by G&M, up to 18th of 50 Best Awards
- Cooking is like telling a story
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From the age of seven, Pascal Barbot knew he wanted to be a chef. Raised in the small town of Auvergne in central France, he spent time harvesting vegetables in his father’s garden and watching his parents prepare traditional regional cuisine.
As a young culinary student and an avid traveler, Barbot began his hands-on education at some of the top restaurants in Europe and Australia. His early training included stints at Maxim’s in Paris, Clave in Claremont-Ferrand, Les Saveurs in London, and Troisgros in Roanne. He then worked with mentor Chef Alain Passard at L’Arpège, who, over the course of a five-year working relationship, taught him to respect the most basic of products. It was during that time that he met Christophe Rohat, with whom he partnered to open Astrance in July of 2000. Astrance turned out to be a culinary force in the Parisian restaurant scene receiving its first Michelin star after only one year, the second star in 2005, and the third in 2007. Barbot earned the prestigious Best Cook in France award in 2005.
French chef Pascal Barbot became independent at age twenty-seven. Five years later, he received a 19/20 in the Gault & Millau, one of France’s first restaurant guides, and was selected as Best Chef. His restaurant, Astrance, won three Michelin stars in 2007 and has been at full occupancy for sixteen years running since its opening. Barbot says that half the seats at the restaurant are occupied by regulars. In 2000, after graduating from cookery school and enjoying spells at renowned restaurants in France, London and Sydney, Barbot opened L’Astrance in Paris, together with Christophe Rohat, whom he had met while working under Alain Passard. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star just one year later. The second one followed in 2005, and Barbot’s virtuoso cooking skills then brought him his third Michelin star in 2007. In addition, L’Astrance has occupied 18th place on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2011.