Cognac: Paolo Boscaro, new chef at Chais Monnet’s starred table

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The management promised a reputable young chef, it found him, in the person of Paolo Boscaro, 37, whose curriculum vitae ticks all the boxes desired by the hotel, which intends above all to keep its precious macaron, obtained in January 2021.

Half Norman, half Italian, son of a chef, Paolo Boscaro discovered the hushed world of haute cuisine during an internship at Lasserre in Paris. Then the experiences follow one another in the capital’s star restaurants, at the Grande Cascade, at the Carré des Feuillants where he learns sauces, at the Grand Véfour of Guy Martin, three stars at the time, before joining another institution in 2012. : Le Meurice, with Yannick Alléno at the helm. Then in 2013, the Kei restaurant (three stars) in Paris, where he became, as deputy chef, the right arm of Japanese chef Kei Kobayashi.

A talent recruited by Anne-Sophie Pic

A rain of stars that will make him want to conquer his own In 2015, Paolo Boscaro took the plunge and took the reins of the Escargot 1903 in Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine). The Michelin Guide was won over and awarded him a star in 2017. He was noticed by the greatest, in particular Anne-Sophie Pic, who in May 2018 entrusted him with the management of the kitchens of her two-star restaurant Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne.

This is where Kader Bendjeddah, the director of Chais Monnet and Didier Le Calvez, consultant who has been supporting the hotel since 2019, went to find him. “Chef Paolo Boscaro has extensive experience in starred cuisine, having worked in prestigious establishmentsrejoices the director. He will be keen to maintain our star and continue to promote our fabulous Charente region. »

Paolo Boscaro will take charge of Les Foudres on Monday June 6.

“It’s not good to spit like this in the soup”

To say that Didier Le Calvez hardly tasted the exit of Marc-Antoine Lepage is an understatement. In his press release, the head of Foudres – whom CL failed to reach this Friday – had mentioned a disagreement with the hotel management. That the consultant did not understand or appreciate. “First, you have to know that he was in conflict, not with the management of the hotel, but with the restaurant manager and the pastry chef”, says Didier Le Calvez. Room manager who is none other than Boubakar Bendjeddah, the brother of the hotel manager, which should not have facilitated relations with the latter.
“Marc-Antoine Lepage informed us in January of his desire to leave, to open his own restaurant in Arcachon. He asked for a conventional break, which we accepted, continues Didier Le Calvez. That’s why this pike seems out of place to me. This spite is very awkward, while he could go out the front door. It is not done to spit like this in the soup when we have given him all the means to win the star. And that he had our full support for a possible second star. »

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