Since 2007, the Trophy of Gastronomy and Wines, organised by the regional daily Progress and the association les Toques blanches Lyonnaise, reward the best professionals of the cuisine, pastry and sommellerie at the national level. The 11th edition took place Monday evening, for the first time, to The Sugar (IIe), in the heart of the capital of the Gauls. Twelve awards were also presented to representatives of the excellence of the French gastronomy. Among them, a Paris, Eric Frechon, distinguished for his work and his know-how, gets the award for “chef of the year”. He succeeds Jacques Decoret (Vichy), winner in 2017.
An award including Eric Frechon can’t help showing his pride. “I’m obviously very pleased to have received this Trophy. I thank the Toques Blanches Lyonnaise, and its president Christophe Marguin. I am all the more touched by the fact that it was handed to me during an evening in tribute to Paul Bocuse, that I admired so much. I absolutely love my job and I wish all the cooks to take as much pleasure in cooking that I take since the beginning of my career,” says-t it.
a Tribute to Paul Bocuse
Samarien of birth, Eric Frechon is mounted to Paris, where he made his weapons, before they are even major. He began his career as a commis chef at La Grande Cascade (Xvi) and subsequently at Bristol (Xvi). His meteoric rise is strewn steps luxurious. Second de cuisine at La Tour d’argent (Fr), he became executive chef at the restaurant, The Ambassadors of the Hotel de Crillon (Viii). Such as Bocuse and Robuchon well before him, he obtained the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the year of his thirty years. Since 1999, the chef delights the guests of the prestigious hotel Le Bristol Paris. His kitchen? Neoclassical and timeless. Epicure, the gastronomic restaurant of the hotel, is surrounded by three stars in the Michelin Guide. The 114 Faubourg brasserie du Bristol, has already won one. Discreet but passionate, the leader is also the head of other parisian addresses to success: The Mini Palais (Viii), Lazarus (Eighth) and The Drugstore on the Champs-Elysées (VIIIe). Behind the dish tempting to The Small Beach at Saint-Tropez and the Heavenly at The Lanesborough in London, it is him again!
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600 guests attended the ceremony, around a dinner prepared by starred chefs. When we think of the gastronomy of lyon, a name comes in mind. Specialities that make us drool, also. Paul Bocuse, who was the sponsor of the first edition, was very much present in the minds Monday night. His fricassee of Bresse chicken with morels revisited was the tv flagship of the dinner. The tribute to Mr. Paul continued throughout the evening, the event being dedicated.