Mourning will be long and painful for Yannick Alléno. The 53-year-old multi-starred chef lost his son Antoine suddenly on the night of May 8, 2022, after he was mowed down by a drunk driver while he was stationary on his scooter, at a red traffic light. 7th district of Paris. If since the recidivist driver, whose license had been canceled and who had stolen the powerful Audi he was driving that evening, was indicted and remanded in custody, Yannick Alléno’s pain is still just as intense.
Friday, May 13, the incredibly renowned chef, who notably manages the restaurant Pavilion at the Pavillon Ledoyen (8th arrondissement of Paris), buried his son. Antoine, only 24 years old, rests with his grandfather. Before the burial in the intimacy of the family, a funeral was organized in the collegiate church of Notre-Dame de Poissy. Worthy in the face of mourning, Yannick Alléno was surrounded by his loved ones but also by many personalities. From the world of French gastronomy but also from Brigitte Macron. Touched by this family tragedy, the first lady wanted to be present at the funeral, to also represent her husband, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron.
The day after the funeral, Yannick Alléno published a new message to thank all those present but also to thank all those who support him and his loved ones in this terrible ordeal. “So that no one keeps an image of sadness from Antoine, I share this photo and take the opportunity to thank you all for your messages of encouragement, condolences, love and friendship, he begins his message. Yesterday he had thousands of strong and loving arms around us to carry him to the heavens in this collegiate church of Poissy, flowered in white. Antoine’s family, his brother, his mum Isabelle, Anja his partner, his mother-in-law Laurence, his uncle Régis, his aunt Marie, their husbands, his grandparents Francine, Gilbert, Eliane, his cousins, his big brother at heart Julien Vincent and his loving little sister Ambre, all his childhood friends, all the teams of the group warmly thank you for having accompanied him, Mrs Macron for her precious help, Jean-Louis who did everything.“
Now is the time for Yannick Alléno to realize that his life will never be the same again… And that is why the great chef has decided to transform his pain into positive energy, by creating an association in memory of Antoine and all the victims of repeat offenders. “I have just understood this morning only the lack that will haunt me all my life so its energy lodged deep in my body will be used, through the Antoine Alleno association, to support the victims of repeat offenders #antoinealléno #monange #monamour“, concludes Yannick Alléno.