Anne-Sophie Pic

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Anne-Sophie Pic in 2015.
Born (1969-07-12) 12 July 1969 (age 49)
Culinary career
Cooking style French cuisine

Anne-Sophie Pic (born 12 July 1969) is a French chef best known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France. She is the fourth female chef to ever win three Michelin stars, and was named the Best Female Chef by The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.

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Maison Pic

Maison Pic is a top five star hotel and restaurant located in Valence, Drôme, France. Established in 1889 by Eugene and Sophie Pic, the restaurant first earned the prestigious 3 Michelin stars in 1939 under their son André Pic (1893–1984). It lost its third star in 1946, and its second star in 1950. André's son Jacques Pic, who initially did not want to become a chef, decided to train as a chef in order to eventually take over from his father with the goal of regaining the stars. Under Jacques, the restaurant won back its second star in 1959 and its third in 1973. It kept the rating until 1995, three years after Jacques' death, after which it lost its third star. In 1997, Jacques' daughter Anne-Sophie Pic took over the restaurant from her brother Alain Pic, and it regained its third star in 2007.

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants is a list produced by UK media company William Reed Business Media, which originally appeared in the British magazine Restaurant, based on a poll of international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and restaurant critics. In addition to the main ranking, the organisation awards a series of special prizes for individuals and restaurants, including the One To Watch award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chefs' Choice Award, the latter based on votes from the fifty head chefs from the restaurants on the previous year's list. Often working as a barometer of global gastronomic trends, the list showcases a variety of cuisines from all over the world. The top restaurants have sometimes been forerunners of molecular gastronomy. Most of the restaurants serve haute cuisine, which is characterized by the meticulous preparation and careful presentation of food.



Anne-Sophie Pic is the daughter of chef Jacques Pic, and grew up at her family's restaurant, Maison Pic. Her grandfather, Andre Pic, was also a chef, who was particularly known for a crayfish gratin dish, [1] and who first gained the restaurant three Michelin stars in 1934. [2] However she initially decided not to follow in their footsteps, and instead travelled overseas to train in management. [1] She worked in Japan and the United States as an intern for various companies, including Cartier and Moët & Chandon, [3] but found herself drawn back to the restaurant for her "passion". [2]

Jacques Pic was a French chef best known for being head chef at his three Michelin starred restaurant Maison Pic in Valence, Drôme, France. He was the son of chef Andre Pic, and the father of chefs Alain and Anne-Sophie Pic.

Gratin cooking technique of creating a browned crust

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Moët & Chandon company

Moët & Chandon, or Moët, is a French fine winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. Moët et Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, and today owns 1,190 hectares of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 28,000,000 bottles of champagne.

At the age of 23, in 1992 she returned to Maison Pic to train under her father to become a chef. He died three months later, and she moved to working the front of the house. In 1995, the restaurant lost its third Michelin star, for which she felt she had lost "her father's star", [4] and spurred her to return to the kitchen. In 1997, Pic took control of the restaurant. [1] She had no formal training in cooking. [4]

In 2007, she regained Maison Pic's three Michelin stars. This was only the fourth time anywhere that a female chef had achieved three Michelin stars. [1] That same year, Pic was the only woman on French newspaper Le Figaro 's list of the top twenty richest chefs in France. [1]

<i>Le Figaro</i> French daily newspaper

Le Figaro is a French daily morning newspaper founded in 1826 and published in Paris. Le Figaro is the oldest national daily in France and is one of the three French newspapers of record, along with Le Monde and Libération.

She opened her second restaurant, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was awarded two Michelin stars in 2009, and is located within the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel. [3] [5] In September 2012, she opened her first Paris-based restaurant, La Dame de Pic. [4]

Lausanne Place in Vaud, Switzerland

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Beau-Rivage Palace luxury hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland

The Beau-Rivage Palace is a historical luxury five-star hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is located in Ouchy, on the shores of Lake Léman.

Pic is married to David Sinapian and has a son named Nathan. [3] [4]


In 2011, she received the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef award, named after Madame Clicquot Ponsardin [6] and given by the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards scheme from British magazine Restaurant . It was the first time the category had been awarded, and it was thought to have been closely fought between Pic, Elena Arzak and Nadia Santini. [2] At the time of the award, Pic was the only three Michelin starred female chef in France. [3]

On 14 July 2011, she was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the French Legion of Honour. [7]

In 2009, Pic received the Eckart Witzigmann Award for excellent culinary art. [8]

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