A relatively new Michelin three-star chef — receiving the honor in 2017 for Ultraviolet — Paul Pairet is a French-trained chef who began at Paris’ Cafe Mosaic working with Alain Ducasse. Ducasse was so impressed by Pairet’s work that he hired him to lead his venture in Istanbul.
Years of work took him to Hong Kong, Sydney, Madrid, Singapore, and he finally landed in Shanghai. Here, he operates multiple restaurants: the French-inspired Mr & Mrs Bund, Polux French Cafe and the Chop Chop Club steakhouse.
However, it is Ultraviolet, his experimental avant-garde hotspot, that gets the most fanfare. The restaurant has been named one of the world’s 50 best since 2015, serving a 20-course dinner that will cost you more than $600.