The Pic family is legendary in France. Their website motto of “3 Generations, 3 Stars” describes the immense success this family of chefs has attained throughout the past century. Chef Andre Pic, his son Jacques Pic, and granddaughter Anne Sophie Pic have all obtained 3 Michelin stars while running the family restaurant, despite two world wars and their own meandering career changes.
Chef Anne Sophie Pic initially studied business but returned to the family restaurant in 1997. After 10 years Maison Pic in Valence obtained three Michelin Stars. The PIC group has expanded on that success, opening up additional restaurants that have all been quite successful, including restaurants in Paris, Lausanne, London, and Singapore. Many of these have also achieved one or two Michelin stars.
Chef Anne Sophie Pic is considered one of the best chefs in the world, and awarded ”World’s Best Female Chef” by 50Best in 2011. She loves coaxing and taming harsher flavors, such as bitter, acidic, roasted, and smoked.
We dined at her 1-Michelin starred restaurant La Dame de Pic, which she calls “a taste of Valence.” The food is creative, elegant, and overall very good.
Amuses Bouches + Bread
Seafood + Meat
This is just a taste of what Chef Pic can do, and it was already very good. Those who have dined in Valence tell us it’s even more impressive. That is really the flagship restaurant. Still, it’s quite an achievement for anyone to open so many restaurants around the world and have many of them attain stars. I’m glad I was able to have a taste of her style here in Paris. Some day, perhaps I’ll make the trip to Valence to visit her three-star ”Worthy of a Trip” restaurant.
La Dame de Pic Paris
20 rue du Louvre,
Paris, 75001 FRANCE
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