YANNICK ALLENO. The starred chef, who has just lost his son, who died in a terrible accident this Sunday, should appear on the Top Chef show soon.
[Mise à jour le 11 mai 2022 à 18h32] The multi-starred chef lost his son Antoine following a terrible accident which occurred on Sunday evening. The 24-year-old was fatally mowed down by a fugitive in a stolen car while riding a scooter and stopping at a red light near the Alma bridge, where Lady Di had died 25 years ago… Antoine Alléno succumbed to his injuries despite the first aid measures and cardiac massages provided by the emergency services on site… The young boy leaves behind a grieving father, mother and brother.
Antoine Alléno followed in the footsteps of his father, crowned with 13 stars all over the world. Yannick Alléno, currently in mourning, risks seeing his future projects shaken in the immediate future. It is however expected in the casting of the 2022 edition of Top Chef, the programs having been recorded in advance.
Yannick Alléno, at the head of two 3-star restaurants in France, the Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris and Le 1947 in Courchevel, has indeed been included in the casting for the 2022 edition of Top Chef. It will be found in episode 16 of the cooking show, on the date of Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 9:10 p.m.as a surprise juror when there are only 3 candidates left in the running to access the semi-finals!
“Candidates who have not yet won their final pass will have to convince Yannick Alléno and his pastry chef Aurélien Rivoire around a product that they use in their restaurant: chocolate, which the candidates will have to cook sweet and savory” , explains the M6 channel in an official statement about the event.
The starred chef sent a tender message to his son on Instagram, posting both a photo and a story of memories. Many of his colleagues from the world of gastronomy have shown him support, such as Mohamed Cheikh, Michel Sarran or even Hélène Darroze of Top Chef.
On Monday May 9, Chef Yannick Alléno spoke with his family in a press release: “It is with deep sadness that Chef Yannick Alléno, his mother Isabelle, his brother Thomas, his family, as well as the teams of the Yannick Alléno Group inform you of the death of their son, brother, colleague and friend, Antoine, victim of a road accident which occurred on the night of May 8 in Paris”.
“Look at Antoine everyone is thinking of you!!!!“Yannick Alléno posted on Instagram the photo of the flowered frontage of the Alléno gourmet burger restaurant that he had opened with his son at L’Allénothèque, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Many personalities reacted in comments, formulating many messages of support, such as Hélène Darroze, Mohamed Cheikh, David Gallienne, Michel Sarran, Christophe Michalak, Simone Zanoni, Pierre Sang…
Beyond the family, the whole world of gastronomy is shaken. Three-star chef Guy Savoy sent his condolences to his friend Yannick Alléno on Twitter:
No words can describe the drama that tends dearly @Chef_YAlleno. We are all thinking in communion of you and your family.
— Guy Savoy (@guysavoy) May 9, 2022
Guillaume Gomez, the chef at the Élysée Palace in 2021, also called this accident an “unfair and horrible tragedy”. Antoine Alléno followed in his father’s footsteps and already took on the role of chef in the gourmet burger restaurant he ran with his father. “You were a smiling, funny young chef with a bright future,” wrote Guillaume Gomez on Twitter on Monday:
We think about you very much @Chef_YAlleno in this unjust and horrible drama that mourns you. Farewell Anthony. You were a young chef who was smiling, funny and promised a bright future. How sad.
— Guillaume Gomez (@ggomez_chef) May 9, 2022
The former member of the show’s jury Top chef Michel Sarran also posted a story on Instagram: “I am in shock at such a tragedy. So unfair and horrible. All my thoughts for Yannick and the whole family”. And Mohamed Cheikh, the winner of the 2021 edition of Top Chef also wished “the Alléno family all the comfort, support, courage and kindness that you deserve in this difficult moment”, through there too, a story on Instagram.
The road accident occurred around 11:20 p.m. on the night of Sunday May 8 to Monday May 9, 2022 at the corner of Place de la Résistance and Avenue Bosquet in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. An Audi RS6, driving at full speed, hit a VTC car then Antoine Alléno’s self-service electric scooter, stopped at a red light. The driver of the Audi, a 25-year-old man, allegedly stole the luxury car from the parking lot of the Coya restaurant by providing the valet with a fake ticket. Yannick Alléno’s son died instantly, while his passenger and the driver of the VTC were taken to hospital, without their vital prognosis being engaged. The passenger suffered from bruises and was taken care of in a state of shock.
The driver of the car, who had fled on foot, was finally arrested by a police officer from the Paris metropolitan area’s local security department (DSPAP), who was off duty during the incident. After being placed in police custody and refusing a blood alcohol test, the defendant was then taken to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, but no injuries were found. “The suspect was wanted for a prison sentence to be served and for drunk driving,” said the Paris police.
The suspect, a 25-year-old native of Bezons in Val d’Oise, is a building contractor. In a state of drunkenness, he had just stolen a luxury car, an Audi RS6, from a restaurant parking lot, by providing a false ticket to the valet. Filed J, he was wanted by the police to serve a 3-month prison sentence. According to RMC, “he is an individual also known for several vehicle thefts, an organized gang theft and a fraud case”. The investigations were entrusted to the Judicial Accident Treatment Service (STJA). The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation for aggravated manslaughter. According to a police source reported by Le Parisien, the suspect was “so drunk that he is unable to remember precisely the conditions under which he caused this tragedy”. Still according to the same source, the suspect would not be “not a size of banditry. It is rather a petty criminal without scale”.
Who was Antoine Alléno, the son of Yannick Alléno?
Antoine Alléno followed in the footsteps of his multi-starred father by being himself a cook. Moreover, father and son were already working together. Antoine took on the role of chef at the restaurant he ran with his father, Burger Père et Fils by Alléno. The restaurant offers gourmet burgers in the heart of the famous wine cellar L’Allénothèque, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. In 2021, Antoine Alléno had created a new burger at the winner of Top Chef last year, Mohamed Cheikh. “Antoine belonged to this new generation of cooks, determined to revolutionize the French gastronomic landscape”, announced his relatives in a press release.
Who is Yannick Alléno, multi-starred chef?
Chef Yannick Alléno was born on December 16, 1968 in Puteaux in the Hauts-de-Seine department in the Île-de-France region, into a family of bistros. Trained at the Santos Dumont high school in Saint-Cloud, he obtained a BEP in cooking and then joined the Lutetia hotel in 1986 as an apprentice pastry chef. In 1987, he joined the Royal Monceau hotel as a clerk, then the Sofitel de Sèvres hotel as Demi-Chef then chef de partie in 1990. He continued his cooking career at the Le Meurice hotel in 1992 as as chef de partie then at the Drouant restaurant in 1994 as assistant chef, before becoming head chef at the Hôtel Scribe in 1999.
In 2003, the young chef Yannick Alléno was at the head of the restaurant at the Le Meurice hotel in the 1st arrondissement of Paris and obtained a second star in the Michelin Guide in 2004. But it was in 2007, when he had just celebrating his 40th birthday, that the chef was crowned with three stars in the Michelin Guide, a consecration that earned him, a year later, in 2008, the title of Chef of the Year.
If Yannick Alléno was awarded 3 stars in France in 2007 with Le Meurice which he left in 2012, then in 2015 with the Pavillon Ledoyen, and finally in 2017 with his restaurant Le 1947 located in Courchevel, he is also an emblematic figure of French cuisine abroad. In 2008, he founded the restaurant group Yannick Alleno Group in the field of luxury catering, took the reins of the Cheval Blanc palace in Courchevel and then moved to the Royal Mansour in Marrakech. In 2010, he settled in Dubai at One&Only The Palm then in Beijing at Shangri-La. In 2011, he moved to Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Beyond his prestigious tables which he then opened in France (see below), Yannick Alléno is also known to the general public for his regular participation in Top chef on M6.
What are Yannick Alléno’s restaurants?
In 2012, Yannick Alléno opened his first bistro in Paris: Le Terroir Parisien, in the 5th arrondissement, in homage to products and recipes from Île-de-France where he grew up, with an accessible menu. His second Terroir Parisien opened in 2013 at the Palais Brongniart in the 2nd arrondissement.
It was in 2014 that Yannick Alléno took over the reins of the Pavillon Ledoyen in the square of the Champs-Élysées in the 8and arrondissement of Paris, for which he was awarded 3 stars in 2015. He was also named cook of the year by Gault & Millau that same year.
In 2017, he won three stars in the Michelin Guide for his restaurant Le 1947 located in the prestigious Cheval Blanc palace in Courchevel. The chef offers a “technical, creative and tasty cuisine” applied to local products, cheeses and fish. Its specialties are the modern tartiflette, black truffle and Reblochon snow, the Gnocchi of lake watercress féra, with black truffles and buttermilk, or the chocolate fondant under a mikado of tangy meringues, seaweed biscuit and yuzu sorbet.
In April 2022, the 13-star chef adapted his famous Pavyllon at the Hermitage in Monaco, reinventing the codes of the palace restaurant.
Who is Yannick Alléno’s wife?
On December 18, 2015, chef Yannick Alléno married sculptor Laurence Bonnel, whom he had met in 2011. They were married at the town hall of the 8th arrondissement of Paris. “The important work of the heart for me is a sculpture by Laurence Bonnel entitled Awakening, which the latter had deposited one morning in the middle of my living room, a surprise. It was the beginning of our story and this work became a symbol of this moment that changed my life”, he confided about his relationship to the magazine fine arts on November 12, 2021.
What love story between Yannick Alléno and Patricia Kaas?
Yannick Alléno was the companion of singer Patricia Kaas between 2008 and 2009. “We kept a real tenderness,” said Patricia Kaas in an interview with Retro magazine.