The arrival of a new talent, Virginie Basselot at the gastronomic restaurant The Chantecler, has been honored with two stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide.

This tribute recognizes her ongoing determination to perpetuate the history of this great restaurant at The Negresco, a restaurant with rare culinary elegance which is in harmonious balance with the refinement of its exceptional Louis XV décor.

Photo courtesy Le Negresco, Copyright: Claes Bech-Poulsen

Guardian of Culinary Heritage

It is also in the history of The Negresco, the first time that a woman has donned the head chef’s hat. It’s a major challenge, but Virginie Basselot’s talent will more than rise to the occasion. With great conviction, she has created a menu which prolongs the culinary history of The Chantecler  whilst gently transforming it. Her great curiosity is inspired by the region and the wealth of the Mediterranean. Thus, the rockfish soup comes directly from…the Bay of Angels, located just in front of The Negresco. Her menu has found its balance very quickly, with her Signature Dish, Bar and oyster tartare, lemon cream with caviar. As Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), she accepts that she has a certain responsibility as a “guardian of culinary heritage“, a role she plays with subtlety and rigor, constantly providing guests with resplendent cuisine.

A Chef Noted for Her Classic, Direct and Simple Cuisine

Born in Pont l’Evêque in Normandy, the daughter of restaurant owners, she began her training at a young age through apprenticeships. At 19, she decided to go to Paris and became a commis chef at the Crillon Hotel. Over the years, she has honed her special style to create a cuisine which fits with her personality: “classic, direct and simple”. In 2009, as a sous-chef working for Eric Fréchon and Franck Leroy, she contributed to the obtaining of the 3rd Michelin-star at the Epicure restaurant in the Hôtel Bristol. In 2012, she decided to spread her wings and became Chef at the Saint-James in Paris.

A Crowning Achievement

Her career choice led to a crowning achievement when at a year and a half after taking the position, she earned a star in the Michelin Guide. “This was a great satisfaction and an incredible recognition“, she recalls. She decided to compete for the MOF title in order to follow in the footsteps of her peers. This distinction makes her only the 2nd female Chef to wear the tricolor collar. On August 1, 2018, Virginie Basselot became Executive Chef of The Negresco Hotel as well as the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, The Chantecler.

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