Entering the top 10 world’s best chefs, Arnaud Lallement continues France’s domination of the culinary scene. Born in the home of Champagne — Reims, France — Lallement’s parents ran an esteemed family restaurant. He jokes that he learned to say words for ingredients before he learned to say mom and dad.

Knowing that he would be a chef since he was 5 years old, Lallement took over for his father after he suddenly passed at 50. L’Assiette Champenoise had held a Michelin star but lost it prior to Lallement’s takeover. Under his direction, though, the star was regained.

Lallement took the cuisine even further. In 2005, he won a second star and a third in 2014. Today, Lallement’s own son is quickly learning the business as well.