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La Cuisine, in 2018, will be more than ever the place to find the great chefs: None other than Yannick ALLENO himself is the patron of SIAL 2018, and many other great names of gastronomy will tantalise your taste buds and offering their dishes to take away.

Yannick Alléno is the patron of SIAL Paris 2018!

Portrait Yannick Alléno ©Geoffroy de Boismenu©Geoffroy de Boismenu

In 2018, "cuisine moderne" will be on the menu at SIAL, as embodied by Yannick Alléno, this edition's sponsor.

As part of a highly select circle of the world's greatest chefs, Yannick Alléno is as enthusiastic as he is inspirational in devoting his life to his passion, and militating for strong French cuisine, rich in its legacy and ambitious in its creations. Questing and demanding, he pushes the envelope and lays the groundwork for a new cuisine that affirms its unique identity: Cuisine Moderne.

As sponsor, Yannick Alléno takes part in the selection committee for the prizes awarded by SIAL Innovation. He will define a "foodservice" theme trail and select products presented by the exhibitors for inclusion in a basket bearing his name. The chef will also be appearing on SIAL TV on the opening day of the exhibition, on 21 October.

Why did you agree to be this year's patron of SIAL Paris 2018? 

As a chef, I believe it is important to be aware of changing food behaviour and the new cravings of consumers. For us, these developments are real drivers of creativity: they force us to adapt, to look beyond. An exhibition such as SIAL is a unique occasion for bringing together professionals from around the world in pursuit of this desire to assemble, create and innovate for the food of tomorrow. And this is why I am so proud to be the patron of SIAL Paris 2018. This spirit of emulation, the events, the opportunity to meet up with all these different exhibitors make it a truly unique trade fair, at once convivial and above all profoundly inspirational. 

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Visitors will be able to get a taste of starred chefs and one Best French Craftsman by Gault & Frémont. In 2018 come and taste some top gastronomy during your visit! 

The 2018 programme:
  • Sunday 21/10: Nicolas Sale (Ritz Paris**) / Matthieu Garrel
  • Monday 22/10: Sébastien Sanjou (Le Relais des Moines*) / Thierry Dufroux
  • Tuesday 23/10: Vincent Lucas (La Gentilhommière Restaurant Etincelles*) / Romain Gicquel
  • Wednesday 24/10 : Johan Leclerre / Clément Bidard
  • Thursday 25/10: Benjamin Lechevallier (Restaurant Origine*) / Thierry Vaissière 

Chefs who will cook for you

Nicolas Sale - Ritz Paris
Nicolas Sale

Born in Montmartre in Paris, he started his training at 16 in L'Ecurie, a posh restaurant in Seine-Saint-Denis where he was taught by Freddy Faverot. He continued working in Paris at Comme Chez Soi, then he quickly became the assistant chef for Jean-Paul Meunier. He then moved to the Les Halles neighbourhood working at Le Vaudeville, then at Le Pavillon Royal in Le Bois de Boulogne, with three toques. He then went to La Maison Blanche, Lucas Carton, Potel & Chabot, le Georges V and le Meurice. He took a big step forward as chef of the Hôtel du Castelet where he earned the first star of his career. In 2009, he went to Antibes, working at Les Pêcheurs where he earned another star. Two seasons later, at La Table du Kilimandjaro and Le K2 in Courchevel saw him earn two stars two times over.

In 2016, he joined the Paris Ritz to write a new chapter in the gastronomic history of L'Espadon.

Named 2017 Chef of the Year by Le Chef Magazine, he draws from French gastronomic tradition and gives it a decidedly contemporary interpretation.

Sébastien Sanjou – Le Relais des Moines
Sebastien Sanjou

A son of restaurateurs in La Mongie, he was only 20 years old when he decided to open his own restaurant in 2002 in an old 16th century farmhouse in the Var region.  In 2013 at the age of 31, he earned a Michelin star, and his restaurant became one of the Notable Tables in the 2005 Châteaux & Hotels Collection. Then in March 2014 Sébastien Sanjou was named a Master Chef of France. Having worked in the kitchens of Christian Willer (La Palme d’Or in Cannes) and Daniel Labarère (L’Ambroisie in Tarbes), this gifted young man cultivated a passion for vegetables and regional products, primarily those found in the south of France. Uncompromising, he chooses producers that respect quality and seasonal offerings as much as he does. Typically Philippe Auda for vegetables, Pierre Duplantier in the Landes region for poultry, and a Basque region cooperative for veal, beef and lamb.

Le Relais des Moines - Route de Sainte Roseline, 83460 Les Arcs sur Argens

Vincent Lucas - La Gentilhommière Restaurant Etincelles
Vincent Lucas

Born in Nice in 1973, Vincent earned his diploma in 1994 and started his true training at La Cantine des Gourmets with Philippe Bardau, then 3 years later at Les Fermes de Marie in Megève with Nicolas Lebec, then with René Gillard at l’Esplanade. He then decided to travel and went to Saint Barthélémy, Oxford, Monaco, among other destinations. in 2001, he begin managing the kitchen at La Villa Morella in Jausiers in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region where he earned his first star in 2006.

Then, with his wife, he chose to create his own establishment: La Gentilhommière, a guest house in which they opened the restaurant Etincelles in the Périgord region. From his restaurant's first year, he again received one star.

He defines his own cuisine thus: "My cuisine is a contrast between simplicity and complexity, with unions between multiple, yet very distinct flavours, making an invisible, parred-down cuisine.” 

La Gentilhommière Restaurant Etincelles - 24440 Saint-Sabine-Born

Johan Leclerre - La Suite
Johan Leclerre

From La Rochelle, Johan Leclerre is the son and grandson of fishermen. His calling as a chef was born during family moments spent on fishing trips. He started his gastronomic career by working with Gérard Cagne, Pierre Gagnaire, Jean-Michel and Michel Lorain, Pierre and Michel Troigros, then at Alain Ducasse's Louis XII.  

In 1998 he settled in Aytré Plage, where he founded a large establishment: La Maison des Mouettes, made up of a luxury hotel, a gastronomic restaurant, and the bistrot, Le Version Original. In 2007, he opened his second bistrot, Le Café du Parc. He was forced to leave La Maison des Mouettes in 2010 due to the destructive coastal storm Xynthia. After this loss, Stéphanie & Johan settled in the historic section of La Rochelle with the new restaurant La Suite. The concept is “Gastronomy accessible to all”.

La Suite - 15 rue de la Chaîne, 17000 La Rochelle

Benjamin Lechevallier - Restaurant Origine
Benjamin Lechevallier

After cutting his teeth in famous establishments such as le Plaza Athénée, la Maison Blanche and Hyatt Vendôme, Benjamin Lechevallier opened his own restaurant, Origine, in 2010 and earned a star one year later. Having grown up between Paris and Franceville, he made a heartfelt choice and decide to settle in Rouen.

He was immediately captivated by the thousand different sides to the city. Origine has a modern, sincere cuisine focused on our products. The team makes sure to revisit all these natural flavours to enhance them and make them stand out so that our time with them becomes precious and unique.

Restaurant Origine - 26 rampe Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

Matthieu Garrel - Le Bélisaire
Matthieu Garrel

Originally from Brittany, Matthieu decided to leave for England after receiving his diploma. There he worked for a three-star restaurant then for the first Relais & Châteaux hotel-restaurant in the country. After performing his military service as a cook on a French national navy boat, he returned to Brittany and worked in Plancoët. In 1994, he went to Paris and worked for Gérard Besson, then at Pote & Chabot before being named Chef at Yachts de Paris.

In 2001, Matthieu wanted to expand his horizons and found le Bélisaire where he creates his own cuisine with particular attention paid to ingredients in order to offer greater enjoyment to his customers. He enjoys highlighting the products of Brittany, but only when these products are fresh, in season and can add something special to the dish.

Le Bélisaire - 2 rue Marmontel, 75015 Paris

Thierry Dufroux - Le Belhara
Thierry_Dufroux

Thierry trained in the most influential restaurants aside Bernard Loiseau, Michel Rochedy, Michel Guérard, Alain Ducasse. He also worked at the Elysée Palace under F. Mitterand. Putting to use his Basque roots, he opened Belhara in 2013 where he combines modern and traditional cuisine. Thierry makes a point of seeking products from the best suppliers so he can offer a precise, generous and conscientious cuisine.

Le Belhara - 23 rue Duvivier, 75007 Paris

Romain Gicquel - La Ferme de Voisins
Romain Gicquel

Romain Gicquel has been in the kitchen since he was 15 years old, helping with family meals since his early childhood. His first apprenticeship led him to the market in Versailles where he was quickly entrusted with handling the purchasing of fresh products in the early morning. For Romain Gicquel, the quality and choice of products is an essential element for creating the very best French cuisine. As a young apprentice, he trained as a station cook at Club de Direction at Cartier for 4 years.

The chef of Club de Direction at Cartier, Jérôme Gueguen, offered him a position working at LADUREE when it opened in Retiro. After that, Romain Gicquel decided to join a smaller establishment with a great gastronomic reputation, La Ferme de Voisins. He did not overlook the opportunity to work at the Domaine du Verbois. 

It's no surprise that his former boss, chef and owner of La Ferme de Voisins, contacted him to take over his establishment and become chef and owner at the age of 24.

La Ferme de Voisins - 4 rue de Port Royal, 78960 Voisins-le-bretonneux

Clément Bidard - Le Saint Lazare
Clément Bidard

After receiving his hotel hospitality certificate, this chef at the age of 24 cut his teeth at Auberge du Père Bise at the Hôtel Royal in Evian, then in different Swiss palaces in Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne. He then decided to go to Paris and work at Alain Ducasse's restaurant, Le Jules Verne, before becoming assistant chef to Hervé Rodriguez at the Michelin-star MaSa restaurant.

Later he chose to take over the family restaurant, Saint Lazare, in Ain. It was starred restaurant for 10 years, and it is his goal to earn back that lost star. Above all, he emphasises ingredients, aromatic herbs from their garden, and local producers.

Focused on home-made items, Clément makes his own bread that he matches with the dishes and especially with the seasons. The menu changes every two months to offer products at the high point in their season.

Le Saint Lazare - 01400 L'Abergement-Clémenciat

Thierry Vaissière - Le 122
Thierry Vaissière

Born in Béziers, Thierry Vaissière was influenced in his childhood by the cheerful atmosphere of the dinners that his family put on. He discovered the world of gastronomy very early and earned his CAP, BEP, BAC Pro vocational qualifications in cooking through apprenticeships.

The young chef went to Paris to perfect his skills and join the kitchen team of Alain Senderens. Thierry Vaissière took from him a passion for quality seasonal products, careful plating and the very subtle blend of flavours.  He then joined the kitchen in Drouant and the prestigious Tour d'Argent, two restaurants that have earned two Michelin stars. Later, he left for the opening of the Paris Las Vegas Resort Hotel.  He then joined the three-star Pourcel brothers from Jardin des Sens in order to take over Maison Blanche In Paris. 
After working for 10 years there and being elected "Best Table in the World" by Forbes Magazine, he decided to take on another challenge and head the kitchen at Sofitel Paris le Faubourg.  Well-known for its south of France inspired cooking, he is today managing the Maison de l’Amérique latine, located in the heart of the Saint Germain neighbourhood. 

Having been involved with the restaurant MB Fès in 2008, he is still the chef of this restaurant, which is one of the most modern in Morocco.

Le 122 - 122 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris