The two chefs Arnaud Donckele and Dimitri Droisneau join the very exclusive club of Michelin Guide triple-starred restaurants
The ceremony took place in Cognac
Like every year, the announcement of the new selection from the Michelin guide has set the world of gastronomy in turmoil. Even if the red guide is no longer necessarily the only reference, it remains a masterful business card for those who get the grail. After a virtual ceremony last year, the 2022 ceremony was held face-to-face. But the traditional high mass in Paris had moved to Cognac this year.
41 new first-star establishments
Two hundred chefs made the trip and attended the coronation of two chefs, Arnaud Donckele and Dimitri Droisneau, the only three-stars of this promotion. The first won the stars only six months after the opening of the Plénitude restaurant, nestled in the Cheval Blanc hotel in Paris which belongs to the luxury group LVMH. The other distinguished chef is Dimitri Droisneau who officiates at Villa Madie in Cassis. Less known than Arnaud Donckele, his restaurant, overlooking the Mediterranean, gives pride of place to aromatic cuisine. « We took this house nine years ago. We had a baby, we have a second one now. We live in the villa. We work in a paradise. We work with honesty and humility », did he declare.
No Three-star chef downgraded
As in the 2021 edition, no three-star chef has been downgraded. Note that several established chefs are rewarded with a star for their new establishments: Hélène Darroze at Villa La Coste, Mauro Colagreco in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Anne-Sophie Pic in Megève or Philippe Etchebest in Bordeaux. A way for the red guide to salute the resilience of the chefs who have not abandoned their project despite two years of health crisis. In total, 41 new addresses are awarded their first star, compared to 54 last year and six new restaurants, or 87 in total, are distinguished with a « green » star, introduced in 2020, for their eco-responsible approach.