Three-Michelin-starred French chef, Anne-Sophie Pic joined the Roux family as honorary president of the judges at this year’s Roux Scholarship final.
With six Michelin stars to her name and celebrated restaurants in Paris, Lausanne and most recently, La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons Hotel London, Anne-Sophie is a global inspiration. Brilliant and exciting, Anne-Sophie is a leading light of French gastronomy and one of the worlds few female three-Michelin-starred chefs.
Anne-Sophie Pic’s story is both remarkable and inspiring. In 2007, she became the fourth female chef to achieve three Michelin stars and the only woman to hold three stars at a restaurant in France, Anne-Sophie Pic, in Valence. In 2011, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants named her World’s Best Female Chef.
Michel Roux, OBE: “We must congratulate Anne-Sophie Pic for the true leadership she is displaying by becoming guest president of the judges. And be thankful that despite spreading her wings in Europe and her increasing workload, this remarkable lady commits to spurring on the next generation. In particular, I hope this message encourages more female chefs in the UK to enter the Roux Scholarship.”
Anne-Sophie Pic, the artist who works with flavours. From a family of chefs that have, for generations, marked the history of French cooking, Anne-Sophie Pic shares many culinary values with the Roux family, not least her intuitive creativity, desire to innovate, inspire and share what she knows.
Anne-Sophie Pic: “I feel very honoured, to be involved with the 2017 Roux Scholarship, it is an interesting competition, emphasising both tradition and innovation. I believe that these two values are the two sides of the same coin. Within the tradition there is the idea of know-how and transmission, which are key to make the cuisine of a country lasting. I think one needs to know where he comes from to know where he wants to go. The question of roots is important to build our own path in life.”
She was guided to the culinary arts by her sense of smell and her palate. As a little girl, she delighted in the fragrances wafting from the kitchens where her father worked. When she made her début in the culinary arts, she had only her intuition and emotions to help her as she created her dishes. Techniques must be learned through practice. And this gave her an enormous freedom to combine flavours, to create her own style, to seek balance and trueness in all things.
Anne-Sophie: “For me tradition is not to oppose innovation or creativity. I think, to create, you need a strong gastronomic culture in order to reinvent, to crossover the boundaries. Creativity is about curiosity and open mindedness, intuition and emotion. It has to deal with dreaming and contemplation.”
Initially deciding to study business Anne-Sophie travelled abroad for a few years learning management before returning to the family business where she learned to cook with her father but choose to work front of house. After her father’s death Maison Pic lost it’s third star and in 1997 Anne-Sophie stepped into the kitchen developing her own style and passion for food, and eventually winning back the star in 2007. The site of the family business since 1936 is now home to the three-star restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic, a five-star hotel and a restaurant named André.
Her first UK restaurant is La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ten Trinity Square, London, featuring the modern French cuisine for which she is famous.