Good for Troisgros, but we'd also be interested in a list like this where holding two or more Michelin stars is not the qualification necessary to participate.
— Jason Clampet
France’s Michel Troisgros, whose Maison Troisgros runs three restaurants northwest of Lyon, was voted the world’s top chef in a show of hands by colleagues organized by professional magazine Le Chef and unveiled Sunday.
Troisgros beat out Yannick Alleno of Alleno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen and Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in the 2018 ranking, based on a survey of the 582 chefs across the world who hold two or three stars in the Michelin Guide.
The chefs were asked to name, anonymously, five of their international colleagues who they feel best hold high the values of the profession, create great cooking and whose restaurants are must-visit places. Troisgros succeeds French chef Alain Passard, who made the top of the 2017 ranking.
The ranking included 41 French chefs in the top 100, up from 31 in the 2015 ranking, “which proves the dynamism of French cooking,” according to a statement from Le Chef.
Japan and Spain trailed France in the list, with 10 chefs from each country, followed by Italy with nine. The U.S. is home to eight of the chefs in the classification.
Three chefs were included in the top 10 for the first time, including Troisgros as well as French chef Arnaud Donckele and Italian chef Enrico Crippa. Three others have appeared in the top 10 since the first 2015 ranking: Spain’s Joan Roca, France’s Pierre Gagnaire and Japan’s Seiji Yamamoto.
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