He may not have been able to work at the age of 7, but Pascal Barbot knew he wanted to be a chef. (And like many, Barbot worked for Alain Passard.) As soon as he was able to take a job in a kitchen, Barbot was working in admired restaurants such as Les Saveurs in London, Maxim’s in Paris and La Maison Troisgros in Roanne.

While working at L’Arpege, he met Christophe Rohat, and the duo opened L’Astrance together in 2000. Michelin bestowed a star the following year, a second in 2005 and a third in 2007.

Barbot also received recognition as France’s best chef.