This is my American bistro, with a French accent- Michel Richard
A native of Brittany, France, at age 14 Michel moved to Champagne and apprenticed in a restaurant-run patisserie. Three years later, the bright lights and epicurean savoir-faire of Paris became Michel’s home while working at the esteemed pastry shop Gaston Lenotre. In 1974 Lenotre came to the United States to open a patisserie and brought Michel with him.
After many years of great success in Los Angeles and expanding his business globally, Michel moved to Washington, DC where he launched his flagship restaurant, Michel Richard Citronelle. In 2007 Central Michel Richard opened in downtown Washington, DC, and won the 2008 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the United States.
Michel's creativity can be seen in prestigious epicurean publications such as Food & Wine, Food Arts, Bon Appetit, and on the cover of the late great Gourmet. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, among many others. Michel’s restaurants hold top honors in the best American dining guides such as Gayot and Zagat and he has published three books, Home Cooking with a French Accent, Happy in the Kitchen, and Sweet Magic.
Chef Deshaies grew up in a family run restaurant in the Loire Valley of France. After completing his apprenticeship in Normandy at " La Forge" (1 Michelin Star), Chef Deshaies worked at acclaimed restaurant "Le Pralong " (4 Star International Relais & Chateaux, in France). He moved to Spain to work at Restaurant Ses Rotges (1 Michelin Star, in Spain), and then returned to his motherland under Jean Michel Lorain at La Cote Saint Jacques (3 Michelin Stars, in Burgundy, France).
Deshaies moved to the United States in 2001, joining Michel Richard at the acclaimed 4 Star Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, DC, and quickly rose through the ranks to spend eight years as the Executive Chef of Citronelle. As the company expanded, Chef Deshaies become Corporate Chef of Michel Richard’s restaurants in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and New York City. With an eye for excellence David realizes the magic, creativity, and whimsy of Michel Richard with a partnership that takes on the likeness of a mind reader. They share an artistic eye and vision.
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