Alexandre Gauthier

Chef

I was born a chef.
In 2003, I took over the family restaurant "La Grenouillère" near Montreuil-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais region.
There, I elaborate a unique, authentic, signature cuisine. I humbly anchor it in my region, in the Côte d’Opale which I explore in all its aspects, natural and human. I offer a true French-rooted contemporary cuisine, unburdened by its convictions and its a priori.
In 2009, I entrusted the architect Patrick Bouchain with the makeover of the restaurant to modernize the place. My ambition is for La Grenouillère to be much more than a mere restaurant.
La Grenouillère is a house of freedom and expression for those who live in it and live it with me.

Alexandre Gauthier

Contemporary

I promote contemporary cuisine by offering my vision of a taste and a territory, wich fully embraces who I am.
Being contemporary, keeping up with the times, is also about conserving with other worlds, receiving critical esteem, sending your cuisine beyond borders.
La Grenouillère is a house for chefs, for sharing, and a house of freedom and expression. 12 years of daily work, meetings, exchanges, passion and desires, day after day, month after month... 12 years of constant motion.
I love this Daniel Rondeau recipe: "La meilleure façon de préparer l’avenir est de tout donner au présent." (The best way to prepare for the future consists in giving everything to the present.)

Highlights

  • 2018

    La Grenouillère: Innovation Trophy, Relais & Châteaux guide
    We’re smart Green Guide Best Vegetables Restaurant Award

    Invitations
    France : Dinner with Emmanuel Renaut for 20th Years Anniversary - Flocons de Sel
    France : 13th edition the Omnivore Food Festival, 11th participation
    The Netherlands : Vegan dinner for Steinbeisser with Martin Kullik, Amsterdam
    France : Jury member for the 6th edition of the Api d’Or

  • 2017

    La Grenouillère, second star in the michelin Guide
    La Grenouillère, ranked 64th in The World's 50 Best Restaurants
    "Chef of the year", GQ Magazine

    Events
    France: "Marais luisant", artistic duo with the company 2 rien merci at Le Volcan, french national scene in Le Havre
    La Grenouillère: Collaboration with Karen Gossart and Corentin Laval (L'Oseraie de l'Ile), wickerwork-makers in the gardens
    La Grenouillère: lunches and dinners experience with Atelier Lefeuvre & André

    Invitations
    France: 12th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 10th participation
    France: Conference at Bellecour school in Lyon
    La Grenouillère: "Les Communardises" event (created by Le Fooding)
    France: Jury president of the "Talents Gourmands" contest in Le Touquet
    France: Cooking demonstration, "Fête de la Coquille"
    Germany: Four-hands dinner with Thomas Bühner at the restaurant La Vie, Relais & Châteaux event
    France: Participation in "Montreuil-en-Bouche", launch of the ladestinationgastronomique.com guide in Montreuil-sur-Mer
    France: Jury member for "Mange, livre !", French literary prize
    France: Dinner for GQ Magazine with Potel et Chabot
    Singapour: Four-hands lunches and dinners with André Chiang at André restaurant in Singapour city
    United-States: Lunches and dinners for Cartier with Olivier Darné, beekeeper and artist, in New-York
    Japan: Cooking MasterClass / Lunch at "Jodoji Temple" for Onomichi city

  • 2016

    1st in the ranking of "The thirty-year-olds who demonstrate excellence" by Atabula website
    "Chef of the year", Gault&Millau guide
    "Fooding d'honneur" (La Grenouillère, Anecdote and Froggy's Tavern), Le Fooding guide

    Invitations
    France: COP21, main course
    Germany: "CHEF-SACHE" congress in Cologne
    Belgium: Gelinaz - four-hands dinner with Mauro Colagreco in Bruxelles
    Japan: "Feel Tokyo" project - invited to discover the city and share the experience in France
    United States: "Chefs Club" dinners in New-York
    Japan: "Food for Thought" congress in Tokyo
    Spain: Madrid Fusión festival
    Singapour: "World Gourmet Summit", gala dinners
    Italy: "Le Strade della Mozzarella" congress in Paestum

  • 2015

    Opening in February of the Anecdote restaurant, memory cooking in Montreuil-sur-Mer (France)

    Events
    France: "Marais luisant", artistic duo with the company 2 rien merci at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais
    France: "Georges Rousse au fond du jardin" exhibition - La Grenouillère

    Invitations
    France: Conference at Higher National School of Architecture Paris-Val de Seine
    France: 10th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 9th participation
    Italy: "The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle", dinner at Le Calandre restaurant in Padua
    England: "World Tour London - Omnivore"
    Italy: "El gusto per la ricerca", charity dinner with Massimiliano Alajmo, Fluvio Perangelini, Pino Cuttaia & Eugenio Paul in Venice

  • 2014

    Publication in may of "Alexandre Gauthier, Chef" book
    5 toques, Gault&Millau guide
    2nd most influential person in French gastronomy by Gastronomie Magazine (Gmag)
    La Grenouillère: "One of the Most delicious places to be" by Bon Appétit Magazine
    "Alexandre Gauthier, Chef" book: Eugénie Brazier prize / Figaro Top Prize for gourmet book

    Events
    Artist Georges Rousse: production of 4 artworks in La Grenouillère

    Invitations
    Austria: Ikarus restaurant "Hangar 7" in Salzbourg
    Singapour: World Gourmet Summit in Singapour
    Belgium: "Culinaria" festival in Bruxelles
    Denmark: VILD MAD Festival in Copenhague
    United States: "12 days of Christmas" charity dinner in Meadowood, California - four-hands dinner with Christophe Kostow
    France: 9th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 8th participation

  • 2013

    La Grenouillère: member of Relais & Châteaux
    "Chef of the year", Gault&Millau guide

    Invitations
    Italy: Inauguration of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
    Lithuania: Dinner in the sky in Vilnius
    France: 8th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 7th participation

  • 2012

    Knight of Art and Letters - French Ministry of Culture
    "Designer of the year", Omnivore book
    "Empreinte de l'année" prize, Centre du luxe et de la création
    "The One To Watch", The World's 50 Best Restaurants
    Champérard guide: 19 points (the highest award)
    4 toques, Gault&Millau guide
    "Special Fooding Prize", Le Fooding guide

    Events
    France: "Dîner magique", artistic duo with Etienne Saglio (magic theorist) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais

    Invitations
    Poland: "Cook it Raw", gala dinner
    United States: 7th Annual StarChefs, International Chefs Congress in New-York
    France: Avignon Forum with Pierre Hermé
    Principality of Monaco: the 25th anniversary of the Louis XV restaurant (Alain Ducasse) in Monaco
    France: 7th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 6th participation

  • 2011

    La Grenouillère is to be transformed. At the end of april, after 6 months of works, the restaurant is going through a running-in phase… it moves into the 21st century.
    La Grenouillère, ranked 78th in The World's 50 Best Restaurants
    Selected in the ranking of "The thirty-year-olds who demonstrate excellence into the world of gastronomy" by Le Figaro Magazine

    Events
    France: "Dîner des petites mécaniques", artistic duo with François Delarozière ("La Machine" artistic director - city of Nantes) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais

    Invitations
    Spain: "Lo Mejor de la Gastronomía" Congress in San Sebastian
    Japan: "Cook it Raw" in Kanazawa
    Italy: Scala gala dinner in Milan
    Canada: residence at Stratford Chefs School (january)
    France: 6th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 5th participation

  • 2010

    October 30, closing of the restaurant for 6 months. November 2, demolition of the kitchen and the back kitchen. The architects Patrick Bouchain, Loïc Julienne and Benoît Morin control the destiny of a family and a place…
    "Designer of the year", Omnivore book
    Champérard guide: 19 points (the highest award)
    La Grenouillère, ranked 78th in the "Best Restaurants of the World" by Restaurant Magazine

    Events
    France: "Saveurs Itinérantes", artistic duo with Jean-Marie Songy (Artistic director of Aurillac festival) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais
    Artistic duo with Andra Petrini (critic and culinary activist) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais
    Artistic duo with Francis Peduzzi (Le Channel director) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais

    Invitations
    Japan: FSCC gala in Tokyo
    Australia: "The Crave Sydney International Food Festival" in Sydney
    United States: "Late Summer Harvest Dinners" gala dinner at Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos (California)
    England: Identità London Congress
    United States: Omnivore Food Festival New-York
    England: The World's 50 Best Restaurants in London
    Italy: Milan Design Week - Scholtés
    Japan: Itoh Company gala dinner in Kyoto and Tokyo
    France: Omnivore Food Festival Deauville
    France: 5th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 4th participation

  • 2009

    Invitations
    France: "Dîners Collections" by WasteNoTime (under the direction of Francesca Pollio and Enzo Caldarelli) at "Flocons de Sel" restaurant in Megève
    United States: Omnivore Food Festival New-York
    Belgium: six-hands dinner with Kobe Desramaults and Philip Claeys at "In de Wulf" restaurant
    Japan: "Fou de France Tokyo" at Beige restaurant (Alain Ducasse) in Tokyo
    Canada: residence at Stratford Chefs School (february)
    Spain: Madrid Fusión festival
    France: 4th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 3th participation

  • 2008

    La Grenouillère, first star in the Michelin Guide

    Events
    France: Artistic duo with Peter De Bie (Belgian artist and Artistic director of Laika company) at Le Channel, french national scene in Calais
    France: "Construire et Reconstruire", Architect and Scenographer Patrick Bouchain
    France: "Paris des Chefs" event, duo with Architect and Scenographer Patrick Bouchain

    Invitations
    Italy: Extravagancia by Enzo Caldarelli at Capri Palace in Naples
    Spain: "Fórum Gastronómico Santiago"
    France: 3th edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris - 2nd participation

  • 2007

    In july, creation and opening of Froggy’s Tavern restaurant (Montreuil-sur-Mer city), modern rotisserie, developed with William Elliott
    "Grand chef de demain" prize, Gault&Millau guide

    Invitations
    Italy: Extravagancia by Enzo Caldarelli at Capri Palace in Naples
    Iceland: "Food and Fun Festival" in Reykjavík
    France: Tool’s Food exhibition with Stéphane Bureaux (Fraich’Attitude gallery) in Paris

  • 2006

    "Revelation of the year", Omnivore book

    Invitations
    China: Peninsula Palace, opening banquet of the Louis Vuitton store in Pekin
    South Africa: Harry’s restaurant in Pretoria
    France: 1st edition of the Omnivore Food Festival in Paris

  • 2005

    France: Back cover of the Omnivore book, first national press article