The semi-finals of season 13 of “Top Chef” will air on Wednesday, June 8 at 21:10 on M6. While we wait to find out who will be knocked out at the final gate, Louise, Sébastien or Arnaud, we invite you to rediscover the nominees from previous seasons. Have you ever dreamed of tasting a plate prepared by one of them? If so, know that the cooks near you… We chose eight. Of course, this list is far from exhaustive!
1/ In Burgundy, Romain Tischenko, season 1 (2010)…
We barely remember him, and yet: season 1 nominee Romain Tischenko became the first winner of “Top Chef”, beating Pierre Augé by a certain amount in the final. Today, after spending more than 10 years at “Galopin” and “La Cave à Michel” in Paris, this discreet 30-year-old boy thrives on the concept of the restaurant at home. It is now incorporated with RàDe in Burgundy. Appointed as director of the “Gastronomic Village” in Dijon last month, Le Bien Public is setting up temporary facilities from time to time, such as during its collaboration with the Chanzy house in Puligny-Montrachet in the summer of 2021, Le Bien Public reports. Is it the kitchen? He always focused on terroir and good products like cuttlefish platter, burrata and ink juice.
2/… and Joy Astrid Poinsot, season 7 (2016)
During her participation in the “Top Chef” program, she did not hesitate to show her energy and spontaneity, “joie de vivre”, which her parents stated, enough to disturb some viewers… Joy Astrid Poinsot, the nominated season 7 of Armand Poinsot and Monique’s. her daughter still works at “Chez Camille”, the restaurant where her father has worked for forty years. Located in the medieval town of Arnay-le-Duc in Burgundy, she inherited the family history with her husband, Alexis Blanchard, a chef with whom she continued. What are we eating there? Various varieties of pâté with crust, poultry from Bresse or a duck and foie gras pith are served with crispy and melting potatoes.
3/Anissa Boulesteix, season 10 (2019), between Savoie and Var
Alongside symbolic candidates like Samuel Albert (winner of the edition), Florian Barbarot, ex-student of the Grenoble culinary school (Isère), or Merouan Bounekraf, author of this magnificent answer to Hélène Darroze – “Merouan, is this Breton? ”, ”Beur-ton better than Breton!”- Anissa Boulesteix featured in the 10th season of the culinary competition. Candidate as deputy chief of 3, 4 and 5 star enterprises belonging to the Alp’Azur group, such as “Les Airelles” in Courchevel (Savoie) and “Pan Deï Palais” in Saint-Tropez (Var). ), evolved: he is now the executive chairman of the company that owns these palaces. on the menu? Sunny dishes like candied vegetables with eggplant and piquillo pepper coulis or lamb shoulder with candied marjoram are for 72 hours.
4/Xavier Koening, season 6 (2015), in Alsace
The only nominee to get doubles: Xavier Koening, 19, won season 6 of “Top Chef” a few months after winning Philippe Etchebest’s show “Objectif Top Chef.” Five years later, the Alsatian, together with his wife Fiona, opened his first restaurant, “L’incontournable” in Colmar, despite a slight delay due to the pandemic. The chef does not mention his name on the showcase. She prefers to simply highlight her recipes, such as her perfect egg, carrot and black curry, confit oxtail, new onion and stalk oil jus, or her dessert that combines fondant celery and coffee cream.
5/ Franck Pelux, season 8 (2017), in Lausanne (Switzerland)
Franck Pelux from Autun in Saône-et-Loire has been running the restaurant “La Table” in Lausanne Palace (Switzerland) since 2020 with his friend Sarah Benahmed. The work undertaken by Drômoise and Bourguignon was awarded a Michelin star in 2021. Season 8 finalist – unsuccessful against Jérémie Izarn – the chef had previously brilliantly taken over the “Au Crocodile” institution in Strasbourg, returning a Michelin star. , recalls Journal de Saône-et-Loire. In their dishes we find inspirations of Asian or Mediterranean origin, such as pinto beans such as brown crab or bullabaisse in memory of a Hong Kong street, fried fennel, and a plump beverage.
6/ Jérémie Izarn, season 8 (2017), in Isère
Part of Philippe Etchebest’s brigade, 27-year-old Isérois won the 8th season of the M6 cooking competition by screwing his hat on his head. Since then he has been the conductor of “La Tour des sens” in the Belledonne massif in Tencin. His work was crowned with a Michelin star in 2019, disappeared in 2021 and has not been recovered since. But according to Le Dauphiné Libéré, different from the red guide or not, this creative and daring chef will continue to shake up the codes of gastronomy. On the menu are duck and leek aiguillettes served with a cube of duck foie gras and its runny kiwi heart, apple and hibiscus compote, and sweet and sour duck broth with honey, or a Brillat-Savarin IGP topped with CBD cream. , hemp flower, twisted with kumquat.
7/ Cyrille Zen, season 3 (2012), in Puy-de-Dôme
The finalist of season 3, 32-year-old Cyrille Zen, was the first candidate Michelin had already cast to enter the competition. But now faced with Jean Imbert in charge of the Plaza Athénée, Auvergnat, now in his forties, had to bow. In the summer of 2018, he chose to leave his star restaurant La Bergerie de Sarpoil and give up his macaroon. Since 2014, he has settled in the kitchen of his second establishment, “Bistrot Zen”, whose menu changes regularly, in Montpeyroux, 20 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand. Currently, it is possible to order zucchini carpaccio, fresh goat cheese with herbs and roasted nuts, pork belly, seasonal vegetables and spicy broth, or chocolate and raspberry finger. Since 2020 she is also a cookery teacher at the Sacré Coeur hotel school in Saint-Chély-d’Apcher (Lozère).
8/Florent Pietravalle, season 3 (2012), in Vaucluse
Top Chef season 3 cast? A real gold mine! Alongside Jean Imbert and Cyrille Zen, Norbert Tarayre, Juan Arbelaez, Italian Denny Imbroisi, Lyonnaise Tabata Mey (Bonardi), Noémie Honiat and even Florent Pietravalle wore the famous gown that year. The now thirty-year-old chef, originally from Avignon, earned a Michelin star in 2019 for his piano “La Mirande”, five luxury stars in the City of Popes. In January 2021, it was also awarded a green star rewarding its sustainable and responsible approach to cooking. At the table you can enjoy caviar combined with horseradish yogurt and beef garum, zucchini with bacon, citrus and carrots, or strawberries marinated in elderberry vinegar aged in wine barrels.
“Top Chef”, season 13, semifinals, this Wednesday, June 8th at 21:10 on M6.