Women's portraits

Women's portraits

The culinary pleasures and arts of hospitality rely also on the talent and the passion of these women who dedicate their life to it everyday, everywhere in France and in the world.

Charline Clos, Maître d’ and Elisa Combrouze, Sommelier at Aux Lyonnais
Charline, previously chef de Rang at Benoit Paris, and Elisa, driven by her passion with sommellerie, welcome you at aux Lyonnais with warmth and simplicity.

Jessica Prealpato, Chef pâtissière – Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
After an A-Level specialized in literature and psychology studies, Jessica finally started to live her passion: pastry… After beautiful experiences in France and abroad with renowned chefs like Philippe Labbé, Philippe Etchebest and Frédéric Vardon, she finally settled in Paris where she creates simple and refined deserts at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

Alicia Vegezzi, Restaurant manager at ore-Ducasse au château de Versailles
Alicia first joined the ranks of Alain Ducasse at the Salon la Première Air France in 2014, before flying to Hong Kong where she became Assistant Manager of the restaurant Spoon by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental hotel. Since September 2016, Alicia is manager of the restaurant ore-Ducasse au château de Versailles.

A dynamic and feminine team at Benoit New York under the direction of chef Laëtitia Rouabah
In 14 years, Laëtitia evolved in the kitchens of the Relais Plaza, the restaurant Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester in London, Le Jules Verne, then the Salon la Première Air France before taking over at bistro Allard in 2013. She is now chef at Benoit New York, assisted by four young women in her kitchen including Laure Rewega, sous-chef and Anneka Books on the floor.

Marjolaine Arpin, Bar manager at Champeaux
This 36-year old bubbly girl from Quebec was initially trained in art history and management before turning her life around to embrace a career in mixology at « La Distillerie ». She is a real show stopper at Champeaux’s bar where she creates unique and sophisticated cocktails.  

Claire Sonnet, Maître d' at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
A determined young woman, first hoping to start a career in the social field, Claire finally went for a new career which lead her to the French school of gastronomy Ferrandi. After an internship with Denis Courtiade, director of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, she pursued her work experiences at Cyril Lignac and then at the Salon la Première Air France.

Fanny Herpin, chef at Allard 
At Allard, tradition dictates that a woman does the cooking. Fanny followed these steps and has been named chef of this Alain Ducasse bistro in 2016, after a beautiful career path in prestigious Parisian houses (Jules Verne, le Meurice Alain Ducasse, Taillevent, Benoit Paris).

Fabienne Eymard, chef at Benoit Paris
She joined the Taillevent gourmet restaurant in Paris in 2002, then moved abroad. In Switzerland at Caprice in 2004, then in 2013 as sous-chef at Benoit New-York. She evolved then as executive chef in the restaurant Pinch in New York before returning to Paris to take back the reins of bistro Benoit.

Alexandra San Miguel, Director at Le Comptoir Saint Honoré
After starting her career in hospitality, she went from Ladurée in 2010 to Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse for the opening of its new boutique at rue du Marché Saint Honoré.