Growing up in the Lorraine Valley, Yoann Conte grew up in the hotel and restaurant industry, as his parents operated both. When he was 10, they moved to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, one of France’s largest ski destinations.

Conte decided to follow in his family’s footsteps, beginning first in pastries. Graduating from school in nearby Thonon-Les-Bains, he took his first cooking job at Auberge de l’Eridan under the care of Marc Veyrat. Within two years, the restaurant earned its third Michelin star, preparing Conte for the dedication of seeking such honors.

Throughout his early career across France and in French restaurants in the U.S., Conte took over Veyrat’s restaurant in 2010. A year later, he received his own Michelin star. A second followed the next year. Today, he and his family continue to work on their passion projects alongside the lake.