When Alain Ducasse takes you under his wing and pronounces you “the next him,” you know you must be one of the best. And this is exactly what happened with the third-best chef in the world, Arnaud Donckele.

Donckele heads up the Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez’s La Vague d’Or, but his beginnings are more humble. Working with his caterer father from the age of 12, he began his apprenticeships and eventually met Ducasse at Monaco Le Louis XV.

At 35, Donckele was named the Best Chef in the World in 2019. He has held three Michelin stars since 2013 at the “dazzling” La Vague d’Or.