Taste of Paris 2016

Taste of Paris 2016

When a selection of Paris best chefs, Alain Ducasse, Thierry Marx, Frédéric Anton and Guy Savoy to name a few of them, appears with pop-up restaurants under one roof, in this case the impressive Grand Palais, you simply don’t want to miss the occasion of trying their signature dishes. Last year I was drooling in front of my screen when I read my friend Parisbreakfast foodie experience, and told myself not to miss it next time. I bought an entrance pass for the dinner session, 18€ (only valid for one night), and lots of crédits to buy the different tasting dishes. 1 crédit cost 1 € and the dishes are fr 5 up to 15€ each.


I went there with friends on the opening soirée on Thursday and stayed until they closed.We started of with Guy Savoy’s signature dish, a very tasty artichaut soup with a piece of brioche, we continued to Thibaut Sombardier’s pop-up restaurant Antoine (reputated as one of Paris finest fish restaurants) and tasted his main dish saumon confit, betterave fumé, raifort et navet (confit salmon, smoked beetroot, horseradish and turnip)..delicious!! On my list to visit was also the three Michelin starred top chef Frédéric Anton, he has a pop-up restaurant for Le Pre Catelan, I tasted his signature main dish Le Caviar de France, aubergine confit au parfum de curry…and was taken to heaven..a pure delight! Costed 12€ whereas it cost 100€ in his restaurant, in a slightly bigger version ofcourse. We had lined up for one hour….so we had asked about the dessert at the same time, by one of the best pastry chef’s, Christelle Brua. Her Le Citron, comme une tarte, meringue croustillantes, sorbet basilic, a lemon tarte with meringues and basilic sorbet, pure heaven. A must try! 8€ at Taste of Paris 2016, and 40€ in their restaurant….


What I also can recommend is the millefeuille by the top pastry chef Yann Couvreur, after been lining up for 45 minutes and was told it was sold out, we tried his brioche and éclair..but I returned on Saturday because I was eager to try it, and I was not dissapointed. Also another must try is Thierry Marx’s signature dish calamari risoni with squid ink, cuttlefish tagliatelle and crunchy veggies a pure foodgasm experience!!
If you are curious and want to browse through what the chefs will be cooking, have a look at Taste of Paris 2016 menu and prepare yourself for a tasty experience.
A tips, make sure to line up to Grand Palais latest 30 minutes before either the lunch or dinner sessions begins…AND when you have entered, do not waste your time, go to the pop-up restaurants you have planned to try their dishes..BEFORE everybody have entered. If not you might end up waiting in line for up to one hour..and sometimes even risk that the dish you want is finished. You can always take a tour when you have done your tasting ;-)


The chefs that participates in Taste of Paris 2016 edition are: Alain Ducasse and Romain Meder (Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée) Guy Savoy (Guy Savoy),Thierry Marx (Mandarin Oriental), Frédéric Anton (le Pré Catelan), Stéphanie Le Quellec (La Scène – Prince de Galles), Pierre Sang Boyer (Pierre Sang on Gambey), Julien Dumas (Lucas Carton), Juan Arbelaez (Plantxa), Thibault Sombardier (Antoine), Kei Kobayashi (Kei), Riuji Teshima (Pages),  Rafael Gomes (Mauro Colagreco at Grand Coeur), Nicolas Beaumann (Maison Rostang), Sébastien Gravé (Pottoka), Hervé Rodriguez (MaSa) and the pastry chef Yann Couvreur.


Taste of Paris 2016 February 11th-14th- Grand Palais, 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris

Photos taken with my Nikon D750 50mm and Fujifilm x100s

Thibaut SombardierThibaut Antoine, chef at Antoine, one of the best fish restaurants in Paris with one Michelin star was offering the following as dessert: Mousse choco, caramel, ice cream and popcorn…or as they say in French maïs soufflé, sounds more sophisticated ;-)
Yann Couvreur
Eclair chestnut and cassis by Yann Couvreur
Frédéric Anton

Le Pré Catelan, 3 Michelin starred restaurant, chef Frédéric Anton. This is their signature dish Le Caviar de France, aubergine confite au parfum de curry
Christelle BruaLe Citron : like a tarte with meringues and basilic sorbet, by Christelle Brua at Le Pré Catelan. Delightful and simply a must try! I paid 8 €, and definately worth it especially when you know it costs 45€ in their restaurant (for a little bit bigger portion ofcourse)
Christelle BruaLe Citron and champagne from Laurent-Perrier, what else?
Guy SavoyPlat signature from Restaurant Guy Savoy, 3 Michelin stars, Soupe d’artichaut à la truffe noire (artichaut soup with black truffle) Delicious and also a MUST try!
Yann CouvreurYann Couvreur – beautiful éclairs….
Yann CouvreurBest millefeuille by Yann Couvreur, unfortunately, after one hour of queuing, they told us the Millefeuille was finished…to our dissapointment..but he will open his pastry soon and I hope to try his Millefeuille there :-)
Antoine - Thibaut SombardierAt Antoine
Antoine - Thibaut Sombardier
Encornet poché dans un bouillon de lard et truffe noire, crème d’oeuf
Antoine - Thibaut SombardierThibaut Sombardier- Antoine , Saumon confit, betterave fumé, railfort et navet
Taste of Paris 2016Truffes – Truffels at Taste of Paris 2016
Laurent-Perrier champagne at Taste of Paris 2016Champagne from Laurent-Perrier
Stéphanie Le Quellec - Taste of Paris 2016
Stéphanie Le QuellecStéphanie Le Quellec, La Scène au Prince de Galles
Frédéric AntonFrédéric Anton – chef at Le Pré Catelan, 3 Michelin stars
Thierry MarxMy friend Yann and Thierry Marx
Thibaut Sombardier - AntoineThibaut Sombardier – chef at the fish restaurant Antoine
Thierry Marx signature dish
A must try! Thierry Marx’s signature dish <3
Thierry Marx signature dish
I instantly fell in love with the two Michelin starred top chef Thierry Marx’s signature dish, calamari risoni with squid ink, cuttlefish tagliatelle and crunchy veggies, a pure foodgasm experience!
Stéphanie Le Quellec
Main dish by Stéphanie de Quellec, egg, Jerusalem artichoke, black truffle
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In the kitchen of Stéphanie le Quellec during Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016
Romain Meder chatting with his equipe at Taste of Paris 2016
Guy Savoy
Guy Savoy at Taste of Paris 2016. Was happy that I got to chat a little bit with this master top chef and complimented him for the very taste artichoke soup I had tried.
Taste of Paris 2016
Open kitchen, on all pop-up restaurants, it was fun to see how they were working on preparing the delightful dishes. It was quite busy at Restaurant Guy Savoy – Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016
Many wanted to take selfies with the top chefs, here Frédéric Anton is posing with two foodies at Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016, here I am with the main dish by Romain Meder, head-chef at Alain Ducasse restaurant at Plaza Athénée. Maïs grand roux du Pays Basque, coquillages (shellfish), poulpe (octopus) et calamar (squid).
Yann Couvreur patisserie
Yann Couvreur patisserie, écrin Irish coffee..miam miam!
Yann Couvreur patisserie
I had to return to Taste of Paris 2016 on Saturday, just to try the Millefeuille by Yann Couvreur as it was sold out on the opening evening. What do one not do for pastries?
Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016, did you know most of the vegetables that are used at Alain Ducasse restaurant at Plaza Athénée comes from Le Jardin de la Reine, at Château de Versaille?
Taste of Paris 2016
Taste of Paris 2016, held in the majestic Grand Palais
Pages Teshima
Saint Honoré légumier, by Ryuji Teshima, restaurant Pages that recently was rewarded with a Michelin star.
Romain Meder
Chocolat and café fr Alain Ducasse and sarrasin torréfié
Romain Meder
Romain Meder
Yann Couvreur MillefeuilleBest millefeuille, served by the creator himself, the top pastry chef Yann Couvreur. In one month he will open his own pastry shop…can’t wait! The millefeuille was like they would say in French, une tuerie!!

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...


  • Judith
    13 February 2016 at 10:02

    Looks amazing, I would never afford eating at the Michelin starred restaurants, but I’ve just bought a pass for tonights dinner session and looking forward to taste some of their dishes.

  • Anne
    13 February 2016 at 14:30

    I’ll order a “maïs soufflé” next time I go to the cinema ;-)
    Lovely pictures! Le Citron looks amazing.

  • Diane
    13 February 2016 at 18:40

    I went their earlier today, for their lunch session after reading your blog post yesterday. I tried 5 different dishes, the soup at Guy Savoy and the lemon dessert at Le Pre Catelan was extraordinary! Thanks for recommending this event, great photos as always! I might return tomorrow with my boyfriend who couldn’t join today :-)

  • Caroline
    13 February 2016 at 19:07

    Thanks Solli! How have I not heard about this culinary event?? I’ve just convinced my boyfriend, we’ve bought passes and going there for Valentine’s lunch tomorrow <3

  • Emma
    13 February 2016 at 22:20

    OMG, top chefs all in one place. This is fabulous…and dangerous! Will buy a pass for tomorrow, don’t want to miss the dishes from Michelin starred chefs…that are served for a reasonable price.

  • Sara
    13 February 2016 at 23:47

    What a gastronomic experience!!! Too bad I’m not living in Paris, but thanks for sharing your photos and letting me join you on this foodie adventure….

  • Christine
    14 February 2016 at 0:26

    You just made me very, very hungry! Your photos are fabulous, as always!

  • Yann
    15 February 2016 at 2:05

    Very nice article Solli !
    It was a real pleasure reading it after spending 3 days in the Grand Palais for this event. Your photos are “une tuerie” !! 😉

  • Chris
    17 February 2016 at 20:18

    Beautifully written and amazing photos!
    This is definitely on my radar for next year!
    Thank you Solli.

  • Rosie
    20 February 2016 at 22:57

    I just found your blog and I have to say: You got a new reader! Just lovely. I’m from Sweden as well, but right now it’s all boring and grey… :(

    And my Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Balls looks kinda bland compared to this amazing food… haha.

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 0:56

    Hi Rosie, thanks for your message and welcome to my blog :-) Just had a look on yours, nice photos! Even though it might be grey in Sweden..the positive part is that you can endulge yourself with semlor ;-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 0:57

    Thanks Chris, I’m happy to hear :-) You should definately go there next year, and it seems it will take place in May 2017 ;-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 0:59

    Thanks Yann! Makes me happy to hear :-) I’m already looking forward for next year’s edition, the countdown has begun!

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 0:59

    Happy to hear @Christine :-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:00

    @Sara , if you have possibility, come to Paris in May next year, that’s when the next edition will take place ;-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:00

    Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did @Emma!

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:01

    Not bad for Valentine’s ;-) Hope you enjoyed it @Caroline!

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:03

    Thanks Diane, happy to hear! We always find a reason to return, don’t we? ;-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:04

    Merci Ann :-) Forget about popcorn, it’s all about maïs soufflé ;-)

  • Solli Kanani
    22 February 2016 at 1:05

    Hope you enjoyed it Judith!

  • Mahee Ferlini
    24 February 2016 at 3:50

    Beautifully written and remarkable photos!

  • Solli Kanani
    26 February 2016 at 0:31

    Thanks Mahee!!

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