Bernadette Chirac makes the chef Hélène Darroze uncomfortable: "Who cooked this way?"

Hélène Darroze has nothing more to prove behind the stove. The chef is currently the head of three restaurants: one in London and two in Paris. She is also well known to viewers of M6 since she joined the jury of “Top Chef”. And yet, during her meeting with a former First Lady, Hélène Darroze found herself intimidated, with the “fear of disturbing, of lacking legitimacy”.

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This Friday, November 19, 2021, Hélène Darroze gave an interview to the new issue of Sophie Davant’s magazine. In the columns of “S, the magazine”, Hélène Darroze tells an incredible anecdote which dates from 1996. That year, she was one of the new generation of rising chefs. One year after receiving the title of “chef of the year”, Hélène Darroze was invited to the Périgueux gourmet book fair, where the Relais & Châteaux association asked her, along with other colleagues, to prepare the menu. dinner between Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Jacques Chirac’s wife, Bernadette, was also present.

“At the end of the meal, we were asked to come to the guest table,” recalls Hélène Darroze. Laeticia Hallyday’s friend is arrested by Bernadette Chirac. “And there, Madame Chirac asked: ‘Who cooked the young pigeon in this way?’ Me, petrified, not knowing if this question was good or bad news, I answered: ‘It’s me’ “, says Hélène Darroze, thinking that something was wrong. In fact, it was to congratulate her that Bernadette Chirac asked this question. “The President’s wife then replied, ‘We never eat birds. Can my chef call you so that you explain your recipe to him?'”, Recalled the juror of “Top” Chef “before concluding:” It was a bit crazy! “. A striking anecdote that Hélène Darroze is not ready to forget.

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