When Joël Robuchon announced in April that he was leaving La Grande Maison, a worthy replacement had to be found. It wasn’t an easy task, considering that Robuchon is the world’s most starred chef. Both Robuchon and Bernard Magrez (the restaurant’s owner), got to thinking who could be the new chef and, after a month’s deliberation, they chose the successor: Pierre Gagnaire. The chef accepted the offer, stating that he was “delighted with this opportunity because “Bordeaux is a magnificent city in the heart of a dynamic region that embodies the French art of living and which has an exceptional image both in France and abroad thanks to its gastronomy and its wines”. Gagnaire will start in the position towards the end of August.
The natural choice
According to Magrez, Gagnaire is the obvious choice to succeed Robuchon, on the one hand due to the link he has with the Relais & Chateaux group and his restaurant in Paris, but also, of course, due to his own recognition and talent. The chef has an extensive curriculum that makes him the perfect candidate to take Robuchon’s place. At 15 he did one of his first work placements with Paul Bocuse and at 66 he now has three Michelin stars and several restaurants. Additionally, in 2015 Gagnaire was chosen as the best starred chef by other chefs with stars, achieving second place in 2016.
La Grande Maison, a great opportunity
Pierre Gagnaire is the man who will take over the reins of Bernard Magrez‘s flagship restaurant. Bernard is known for his extensive property in vineyards, art and real estate. Gagnaire will have to offer a menu that meets the expectations of La Grande Maison’s customers. The fact is that Joël Robuchon received two Michelin stars in recent years while he was at La Grande Maison, so this is the perfect opportunity for Pierre Gagnaire to maintain this prestige and, who knows, maybe even raise the bar.
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