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The Victorious Epic of Christophe Bacquié

This strapping fellow being carried in triumph on the shoulders of his peers to the sound of roaring applause… It was one of the most beautiful moments of the Michelin award ceremony on the 5th of February under the cupola. No, not the one of the Academy – not yet ! – but the cupola of the grand auditorium of Le Seine Musicale on the Ile Séguin in Boulogne, where hundreds of chefs and guests were assembled. Clearly moved, Christophe Bacquié admitted that he was “more comfortable in front of a stove” and uttered a few simple and sincere words : “This is every cook’s dream, I wish it on everyone.” This dream of stars, he has been pursuing it for a long time. He says it himself : “My greatest quality – and worst flaw – is to be tenacious.” As proof : his marathon journey in cuisine, obstinate, persevering, bringing him to the highest step of the podium.
The story started in the village of Lumio in Corsica, ten kilometres away from Calvi, where Christophe grew up, between the mountains and the sea, the vines and the olives, the palm trees and the mimosas. His parents ran a hotel-restaurant, the Bellevue. Naturally, the young man joined catering college on l’Ile-Rousse, to learn table service. But he quickly understood that it was cooking that attracted him the most. Following the recommendation of one of his parent’s customers, he sent his CV to the Meridien Montparnasse where he started at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant before moving to the Sofitel La Défense. (...)