French bistros are a dime a dozen, but for Yannick Alleno, it was the family business. He grew up in the kitchens of his family’s suburban bistros and set off to make his own way at the ripe age of 15. 

Training in Paris with Gabriel Biscay, Roland Durand, Martial Enguehard and Louis Grondard, he became the head chef at Scribe. There he was awarded his first Michelin star in 1999. A second came three years later. Another two stars came to Alleno as head chef at Rue de Rivoli’s Le Meurice hotel in 2003. Four years later, Alleno earned the first of his Michelin three stars.

That is when he knew he was ready to launch his own company. When he opened Alleno Paris, he was quickly rewarded with three stars seven months later. His Le 1947 restaurant, which opened in 2017, also won three stars — giving him two three-star restaurants in the same city. Alleno also has a Michelin star for his Seoul restaurant and Pavilion Ledoyen, as well as two stars for L’Abysse.