Alain Passard of Arpège in Paris has been awarded TheDiners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. This honour is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which will take place on June 13th at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan – the first time the event has taken place in New York in its 14-year history.
Passard, 59, celebrates the 30th anniversary of his globally acclaimed Paris restaurant this year. As well as holding three Michelin stars for 20 years, Arpège has also regularly appeared in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list over the last decade. This award reflects the high esteem in which the chef and his singular restaurant are held across the gastronomic community worldwide.
Originally from Brittany, Passard learned to cook with his grandmother, deciding to become at chef at the age of 15. He began his career at Le Lion d’Or in Liffré, where he worked from 1971 to 1975 and was exposed to the art of classical French cuisine.
Vegetables have been the centrepiece at Arpège since 2001, after Passard made the decision to remove red meat from the menu. In 2002, the restaurant’s first vegetable garden was put together in Fillé sur Sarthe, later joined by two further gardens where the restaurant cultivates its own organic produce.
On receiving news of this award, Alain Passard said: “A big thank you to all the chefs, maîtres d’hôtel and sommeliers who have worked with me and helped me to shape the cuisine of Arpège. The most beautiful cookbook is dictated by nature, and we are merely the spokesmen inspired by that.”
As the recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, Alain Passard joins a long line of celebrated chefs from across the world who have been honoured over the last decade, including France’s Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse and Jöel Robuchon, as well as Juan Mari Arzak, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller.
The awards will also be streamed live for everyone at home via www.finedininglovers.com on June 13th.