Jean-Georges Klein began in hospitality studying hotel management in Strasbourg, France. After he finished his program in 1969, he returned to his family’s restaurant and became the head waiter. He remained as such until the age of 40 when he began to cook. And — voila! — he was beyond talented in the kitchen.

He took over his family’s restaurant in 1988 and immediately earned a Michelin star. Within 10 years, he earned two stars and then by 2002 reached the esteemed three stars.

He took over at the Villa Rene Lalique in 2015 and in just three months’ time earned another two Michelin stars.