Stephanie Le Quellec
Winner of the second season of Top Chef in 2011, Stéphanie Le Quellec rose to the top of the hierarchy of the Michelin Guide. After a first star acquired in 2014 at the restaurant La Scène, at the Prince de Galles hotel in Paris, the native of Enghien-les-Bains (Val-d’Oise) gleaned a second in 2019. The following year, the chef, today 39 years old, got both stars directly after opening his own restaurant in Paris, keeping the same name.
The 43-year-old Brazilian took part in season 3 of Top Chef, in 2012. Eliminated in the semi-finals, in 2016 she opened her restaurant with her husband, Ludovic Mey, Les Apothicaires, in Lyon. The star-studded award arrived four years later.
The 33-year-old did not have the brightest run on the show, since during season 8, in 2017, she was eliminated after the sixth episode. What did not prevent him to win a macaroon in 2020, for her Parisian restaurant Le Faham, making her the first woman from Reunion to be starred.
Semi-finalist of Season 9 of Top Chef in 2018, the 32-year-old Auvergnat embarked on the same year by opening his own restaurant, Origines, a few kilometers from Issoire (Puy-de-Dôme). A first star came to reward it in 2020.
At just 30 years old, the chef of Bordeaux origin already has a Brisquard CV: he opened his first restaurant in 2015 in Paris, which he closed to reopen a second, (NE / SO), a year later. his participation in season 8 of Top Chef, in 2017. He was eliminated in the seventh episode. It only took eight months of activity to glean his first star in 2019.
Bold and creative, Mory Sacko took advantage of his time in the 11th season of Top Chef, in 2020, to reveal himself to the public. Aged 28 and eliminated during the episode of the Restaurant War, he opened his Parisian restaurant, MoSuke, in September 2020. The starry award has fallen only four months later!
Aged 32, the young chef was a finalist for Season 7 of Top Chef, in 2016, beaten by Xavier Pincemin. Originally from Nièvre, it was in Marseille that she chose to launch her own restaurant, Signature, in 2019, for which she got her first macaron in 2021.
Eliminated in the sixth episode of season 10 of Top Chef, broadcast in 2019, the young chef has caught up well since. By opening his own restaurant, Ocher, the same year, in Rueil-Malmaison (92), and by obtaining a first star in 2021. What the two finalists of the same season failed to do, Guillaume Pape and Samuel Albert.
Season 2 finalist against Stéphanie Le Quellec, the 39-year-old chef was awarded a star in 2017 for its restaurant, the Auberge de Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the Bouches-du-Rhône. The Michelin Guide even voted her “Woman Chef of the Year” on this occasion.
Winner of Season 4 of Top Chef, in 2013, the 39-year-old chef opened her own restaurant l’Or Q’Idée, in Pontoise, in 2017, with her husband Matthieu d’Hainaut, sommelier. She was awarded a star in the Michelin Guide in January 2019.
Finalist of the first season of Top Chef, the Belgian obtained a star for the cuisine of his restaurant l’Alexandre, in Brussels, in 2011. From 2016 to 2019, the 37-year-old ex-candidate even retained two stars. for its Brussels restaurant La Villa in the Sky. He lost one in 2020.
These ex-candidates who got a star, then lost it
Three other former Top Chef candidates, Jérémy Izarn (season 8),
Florent Ladeyn (season 4) and Ludovic Turac (season 2) also obtained a star after their participation, before losing it thereafter. This is also the case of Nicolas Pourcheresse (season 6), who is no longer starred after the closure of his restaurant in Lille.
And those who were already starred during the competition
Other chefs were starred before joining the show’s kitchens: this is the case of David Galienne, winner of season 11, in 2020; by Thibault Sombardier, finalist of season 5, in 2014; by Mathew Hegarty, candidate for season 9, in 2018; of Julien Machet, during season 6, in 2015, and of Cyrille Zen, finalist of season 3, in 2012.
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