Outside of Copenhagen, the remaining top five chefs are found in France. Getting his start in Paris, Emmanuel Renaut worked at illustrious restaurants such as Le Crillon and L’Aubege. After working at Claridge’s in London, he returned to the mountains of France.

This is where Renaut grew up: skiing in the winter months and enjoying the nature around him year-round. When the Meillur Ouvrier de France chef opened Flocons de Sel, he enjoyed turning to local producers for his ingredients.

Leaving the city behind was the right choice. In 2006, Renaut won two stars from Michelin and a third in 2012.