2 Michelin Star Chefs: Anne-Sophie Pic, chef patron, La Dame de Pic

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Anne-Sophie Pic is the chef patron of two Michelin-starred restaurant La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons Hotel in London

Anne-Sophie Pic is France’s only three Michelin-starred female chef, and one of a handful around the world. 

La Dame De Pic 

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ

Phone: 0203 2973799

Website: www.fourseasons.com

Opening times:
lunch 12:00 to 14:15
dinner 18:30 to 22:15
closed - Sunday evening dinner

Executive Chef/ Restaurateur: Anne-Sophie Pic

Head Chef: Luca Piscazzi

Restaurant General Manager: Nicolas Bierry

Sommelier: Jan Konetzki

Instagram: @ladamedepic

Twitter: @fourseasons

Facebook: La Dame de Pic

Restaurants

Anne-Sophie Pic has two other restaurants: one in Lausanne, Switzerland and another in Paris.

La Dame de Pic in London at the Four Seasons Hotel is her latest venture, and opened in April 2017. She is best known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in Valence, in the South East of France. 

Michelin stars

Beginning her culinary career in her family’s restaurant in south of France, Anne-Sophie’s grandfather André was one of the first chefs to receive three Michelin stars: the guide was first published in 1933 and André received his stars in 1934.

Anne-Sophie's father eventually took over the business and retained those three stars for the restaurant. Anne-Sophie initially rejected the chef role, and instead travelled overseas to train in management.

But in 1992, at the age of 23, 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, given her the feeling, she said, that she "had lost her father's star," spurring her to return to the kitchen.

In 1997, she took control of the restaurant. She regained three stars in the 2007 Michelin Guide France and has retained them since.

In 2009, she opened her second restaurant, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Located inside  the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel, it was awarded two Michelin stars on the same year.

Female chefs

Anne-Sophie Pic has always been around male chefs, and struggled to express her femininity in the kitchen as she felt she had to have a tough exterior. She notoriously advises female chefs not to be afraid to be feminine, to be a woman in the kitchen, essentially not to follow the male standards in the culinary field. 

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.

La Dame de Pic

La Dame de Pic in London was launched in April 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel, making it Anne-Sophie Pic's latest venture. The kitchen is run by head chef Luca Piscazzi.

It was awarded its first star in the Michelin Guide UK 2018 and its second in the 2020 guide.

Some of the team at the restaurant previously worked with the chef before in Valence and Lausanne, where she also has a two-starred restaurant, so the team are used to working with her and know certain kitchen attributes she likes.

She chose Head Chef Luca Piscazzi as he is a very adaptable, which she believes a reliable quality in a chef. Anne-Sophie likes to keep the restaurants modern and not too conventional. Speaking about the restaurant in London, she said that she decided to keep it white as she loves the cleanliness of the colour.

Videos of Anne-Sophie Pic:

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Editor 7th January 2021

2 Michelin Star Chefs: Anne-Sophie Pic, chef patron, La Dame de Pic