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Profile: Philippe Legendre

Philippe Legendre

Chef Philippe Legendre has earned an enviable reputation, commanding a loyal following among discerning diners throughout France and gourmets from around the globe. He has been awarded the highest possible culinary accolade - three Michelin stars - which makes him one of the best chefs in the world.

Philippe creates menus that draw upon classic French culinary techniques and also embrace newer, lighter cooking styles, always incorporating the freshest regional ingredients.

Originally from the Vendee region in north-west France, he was an apprentice at the Embruns from 1974 and has held positions at some of the Paris's finest restaurants, including Lucas Carton and the Ritz.

Philippe was voted "Chef of the year 2003" by his peers in the French magazine "Le Chef".

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