Travel Inspiration Guiding Multi-Starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic

The world’s most decorated Michelin-starred female chef, Anne-Sophie Pic, pours inspiration from her travels into her latest culinary endeavors – from her next book to an upcoming pop-up.

Holding a constellation of Michelin stars in her collection of acclaimed restaurants, Anne-Sophie Pic has been widely acclaimed for her gastronomy that combines French culinary principles with innovation drawing on global culinary inspiration.

“For me, it’s important to open your mind through travel so you don’t get closed off in your own sense of know how,” she says. “I think it’s important to push your cultural influences and push your culinary techniques. You have to travel in spirit but also in life to discover new things.

This globally inspired approach will be more evident than ever in its next gastronomic pop-up, which will take place between October and March 2023, at One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius and the last decade of inspiration-driven innovation will be reflected in her next cookbook. , which is currently scheduled for release later this year.

For now, you can try these dishes at each of the chef’s famous restaurants. The two Michelin-starred Dame de Pic London, which is located in the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority which now houses the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, offers Discovery, Journey and Tasting Menus. A trip bringing together several influences but always typical French dishes such as ancestral tomato marinated in Nikka whisky, Cornish lamb with sakura leaves and kombu, and white millefeuille with jasmine jelly and Tahitian vanilla.

At La Dame de Pic in Raffles Singapore, French dishes infused with local touches include the chef’s signature berlingots (pasta packets) in the spirit of laksa and Bresse pigeon with chrysanthemum and chamomile. “There is a spirit in Singapore and capturing that spirit is very important to me,” she says. “In each place, I take the time to discover the ingredients of a region and to meet the producers behind them. Asia is particularly inspiring to me – there are so many different cultures and cuisines to understand.

An important place for Anne-Sophie as the destination she chose for her honeymoon 20 years ago and somewhere where she has since further explored the gastronomy of Mauritius, will be the culinary place which will then be highlighted in the chef’s kitchen as she prepares for her pop-up at One&Only Le Saint Géran.

This temporary subsidiary of La Dame de Pic will fuse its signature culinary style with typically Mauritian ingredients sourced from across the island. Diners can look forward to specially created Mauritius-inspired dishes, such as lobster bisque served in a coconut shell and infused with Chamarel rum.

This fascination with bringing global culinary influences into her cuisine offers endless possibilities. “Before traveling, I always look for places to go in this destination to discover the local cuisine. I’m always looking for a particular market or someone I’ve read about. For me, travel is always linked to that. This is my passion.”

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