The Michelin three-star Alain Passard name appears in many of the biographies of other world-class chefs on this list who trained beneath him. Beginning his own career in 1971, Passard knows the importance of mentoring young chefs. He worked at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, eventually earning two stars by the age of 26.

Taking over former employer Alain Senderens’ L’Archestrate in 1986, he renamed the restaurant L’Arpege. Within the first year, he received his first Michelin star. For the restaurant’s 10th anniversary, Michelin presented a third star, which Passard has kept into current day.

For more than 20 years, Passard’s restaurant has been meat-free, one of the first haute cuisine restaurants to be plant-based.