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Pierre Koffmann

Pierre Koffmann

Chef, La Tante Claire
Born in 1948 in Tarbes, France, Pierre Koffmann cultivated a deep love for cooking during school holidays spent with his peasant grandparents in central Gascony. His culinary journey underwent a pivotal shift when, at the age of 22, he arrived in England in the early 1970s. Joining Michel and Albert Roux’s Le Gavroche in London, Koffmann swiftly rose to the position of assistant chef within six months. Soon after, he assumed the role of head chef at the prestigious Waterside Inn in Bray, cherishing the freedom to cook as he pleased and embracing a hospitality philosophy that left an enduring impression. In 1977, Koffmann embarked on a venture to establish his own restaurant, La Tante Claire, located on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea. Beyond the triumph of his eatery, Koffmann's impact on the culinary landscape is profound. Influential British chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, and Tom Aikens trained under his guidance. His proteges, including Jason Atherton, Bruno Loubet, Tom Kitchin, have ventured globally, upholding their master's legacy. While Chef Pierre Koffmann now enjoys a well-earned retirement, his influence on the culinary realm endures. Travelling the world, he imparts his opinions and guidance to chefs who value his expertise. His passion, expertise, and commitment to preserving and evolving classic French cuisine have solidified his status as an iconic figure. Koffmann's innovative approach to culinary excellence not only inspires countless chefs but undoubtedly shapes the future of gastronomy for years to come.



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