The Best Chef Dining Experience Award – Anne-Sophie Pic

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Anne - Sophie Pic

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Anne-Sophie Pic was born in Valence, Drôme, in France on 12 July 1969. She is the daughter of chef Jacques Pic, and grew up at her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic. Her grandfather, Andre Pic, was also a chef, who was particularly known for a crayfish gratin dish, and who first gained the restaurant three Michelin stars in 1934. She initially decided not to follow in their footsteps, and instead traveled overseas to train in management.  She worked in Japan and the United States as an intern for various companies, including Cartier and Moët & Chandon,  but found herself drawn back to the restaurant for her “passion”.

In 1992, at the age of 23, she returned to Maison Pic to train under her father to become a chef. He died three months later, and she moved to working in the front of the house. In 1995, the restaurant lost its third Michelin star, for which she felt she had lost “her father’s star”, and spurred her to return to the kitchen. In 1997, Pic took control of the restaurant. She had no formal training in cooking.

In 2007, she regained Maison Pic’s three Michelin stars. This was only the fourth time ever that a female chef had achieved three Michelin stars. That same year, Pic was the only woman on French newspaper Le Figaro’s list of the top twenty richest chefs in France.

She opened her second restaurant, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was awarded two Michelin stars in 2009, which it has retained ever since, and is located within the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel. In September 2012, she opened her first Paris-based restaurant, La Dame de Pic. The restaurant has received one Michelin star.

Pic is married to David Sinapian and has a son named Nathan.

In 2015 and 2016, Pic was a member of the Prix Versailles judges panel.

In 2017, Pic opened her first London restaurant, also called La Dame de Pic, set within the Four Seasons Hotel at 10 Trinity Square in the City of London. It was awarded a Michelin star within less than a year of opening for the 2018 Michelin Guide. It was awarded its second star for the 2020 Guide and has retained it ever since.

In 2018, she appeared as a judge on the “France” episode and in the finale of The Final Table, season 1.

In July 2019, she opened a restaurant, also under the name La Dame de Pic, in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It has been awarded one Michelin star for the 2022 Guide.

In June 2020, she and other chefs, as well as architects, Nobel laureates in Economics and leaders of international organizations, signed the appeal in favour of the purple economy (“Towards a cultural renaissance of the economy”), published in Corriere della Sera, El País and Le Monde.

At the end of 2020, she opened another restaurant called La Dame de Pic – Le 1920 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Megève, France. It was awarded its first Michelin star in the 2022 Guide.

Resturant:

Maison Pic

285 Av. Victor Hugo

2600 Valence, France

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