Alain was born in 1956 at La Guerche-de-Bretagne, France, the son of musicians (yes, he still plays the saxophone).
He began his career in 1971 working under such chefs as Breton Michel Kerever, Gaston Boyer, and Great Chef Alain Senderens. In 1980 he received two Michelin stars at the age of 26 at the Duc d’Enghien at Enghein’s Casino and another two stars at the Carlton of Brussels in 1984.
In October 1986 he opened his own restaurant, L’Arpege, and ten years later received three Michelin stars. In 2000 the Great Chefs team filmed him for Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World. In 2013, Chef David Kinch of the Los Gatos, California restaurant Manresa, cites Passard as “the chef who has most inspired me”. The New York Times critic Pete Wells said in 2014 “I would skip expresso for two months until I had enough money to try Alain Passard’s vegetable tasting menu at L’Arpege again”.