Michel Rostang was born in 1948 to a restaurant family in Pont de Beauvoisin, France. His father, Jo, owned and operated La Bonne Auberge in Antibes, on the French Riviera. Michel went to hotel school in Nice, apprenticed in the family restaurant in Sassenage (near Grenoble), Laporte in Biarritz, Lasserre, La Maree, and Lucas Carton in Paris, and returned to his family’s two Michelin star restaurant in 1973.
In 1978 he left and opened Michel Rostang’s (now Maison Rostang) in Paris and received his first Michelin star a year later, and a second one the following year in 1980. In 1987 he started opening a chain of baby bistrots, four through 1993, and three other restaurants (L’Absinthe, Dessirier, and Rue Balzac) through 2000.
In May of 2000, the Great Chefs television team returned to Paris from Lyon, and taped Chef Michel Rostang for their Great Chefs of the World television series for the Discovery Channel. While taping, Great Chef Jean Paul Lacombe, whom the television crew had just recorded earlier in the week in Lyon, showed up to give his support to Chef Rostang (see photo).