The Paris of chefs – What eats Jean-François Piège


On often crosses him on foot in the 1er arrondissement between the Louvre and Les Halles when he visits three of his restaurants: Clover Grill, La Poule au pot and À l’épi d’or. Jean-François Piège is a tireless walker in constant search of discoveries. “When I walk around Paris, I am looking for everything and nothing. It’s as if I were in the shoes of a bargain hunter who doesn’t know what he’s going to find,” laughs the chef, crowned with 2 Michelin stars, at his gastronomic table in the Grand Restaurant near the Élysée. The perfect opportunity for Jean-François Piège to reveal to the Point his five favorite addresses in Paris.

His bakery: Kopain
“It’s such a pleasure to come see my friend Christophe Michalak. In a universe where almost everything has been done, he imagines things in his own way and according to his desires with proposals that change often. I love everything he sells in his shop: his different kinds of bread, one of which is even made with leftovers; its seasonal clafoutis with their texture resembling that of a flan; its addictive chok’ bread with its croissant dough, its homemade chocolate bar and its mixed nibs on top…”
60, rue du Faubourg-Poissonniere, Paris 10e. www.boulangerie-michalak.com

His pastry: Les Petits Mitrons
“When we have something to celebrate as a team in one of our restaurants, we always take sweet tarts from this family business run by the Didda family in the heart of Montmartre. Apricots, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, pears, apples… no matter the fruit, their caramelized pies are a real treat. Just thinking about it makes me want to eat one. »
28, rue Lepic, Paris 18e. From €3.80 a slice and from €19 a tart for 5-6 people.

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Its wine merchant: Les Caves Legrand
“What a pleasure to enter this institution with one of its entrances in the Vivienne gallery, a covered passage that embodies Paris in all its splendour. Along the aisles and shelves of this period shop that has remained in its original state, we “visit history”. Champagnes, wines, spirits, old spirits, we no longer know where to turn. Gourmands can even sit down at the restaurant with access to all the bottles from the cellar and a wide selection of old vintages from legendary estates. »
1, rue de la Banque, Paris 2e. www.caves-legrand.com

Its roaster: Lomi Café
“My wife Élodie and I have equipped all our Parisian establishments (Le Grand Restaurant, Clover Grill, Clover Green, La Poule au pot, L’Épi d’or) with the legendary La Marzocco espresso coffee machines. Taking them to Lomi, we discovered that there were coffees here roasted by a Meilleur Ouvrier de France from Australia. The blends produced by Paul Arnephy are exceptional. Get there fast! »
3, rue Marcadet, Paris 18e. From €8.50 per 250 g package. lomi.coffee

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His herbalism: The Herbalist of the Royal Palace
“I love their digestive herbal tea called Grand Restaurant and which I serve at my gastronomic table bearing the same name in the 8e borough. Fennel, coriander, peppermint, angelica, wild thyme, rosemary, the combination of ingredients works wonderfully. We also find in this cave of Ali Baba infusions, teas, dried plants in bulk. We are sure to leave with a nugget. »
11, rue des Petits-Champs, Paris 1er. From €5 for a 100g bag. www.herboristerie.com


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