chef-name: Patrick Henriroux

Chef Patrick Henriroux was born in 1958 in Vesoul, France as the son of farmers from Haute-Saone. He became interested in cooking at the age of 10 and with the help of his uncle, who worked at Le Negresco, was taught the high standards and the love of good food. Later he went on to teach cookery in Luxeuil-les-bains and taught young chef Patrick.

Chef Henriroux worked his way through many restaurants, as most French Chefs do, at La Belle Époque, Auberge Bressane, Hotel du Goyen, Restaurant La Ferme de Mougins (all Michelin Stars), and eventually ending up with Great Chef Georges Blanc (3 Stars).

The legendary restaurant La Pyramide was established in 1923 by the equally legendary Fernand Point and run by the Point family until 1986. It was sold in 1987 to a group called La Fonciere des Champs Élysées who remodeled it and hired Chef Henriroux at age 29, away from Georges Blanc to reopen Restaurant La Pyramide in 1989. He kept some of the specialties of Fernand Point, and added many of his own.

Patrick’s high standards brought its first Michelin Star in 1990, a second star in 1992, and was named Chef of the Year by Gault Millau in 1996. Also, that year, he and his wife Pascale became the new owners of Fond de Commerce de l’Hotel Restaurant.

Great Chefs rolled into Vienne in 1998 to tape Chef Henriroux for their Great Chefs of the World television series on the Discovery Channel. He prepared a Pumpkin Soup with Duck Foie Gras Dumpling, Salad with Lobster-stuffed Rigatoni, and Chicken Cooked in Pork Bladder.

In 2009 Chef Patrick and his family opened a second restaurant, L’Espace PH3, and in March of 2014, he won the Patrick Henriroux / Paul Haeberlins Trophy in Strasbourg.