Born in 1958 in Vendée, Aux Essarts, Philippe Legendre began his career in 1972 at the age of 14, apprenticing at the Embruns and working his way up to commis de cuisine, in Vendée. Self-taught, he then went to Paris for the next sixteen years, working the kitchen ladders at the Sheraton, the Ritz and finally in 1984, the Taillevent. He worked his way up to head chef and obtained three Michelin stars by 1990, becoming the youngest three-star chef. In 1996, he won the coveted Meilleur Ouvrier de France award
In 1999, he was asked by the Four Seasons Group to take over the kitchens of the Georges V Hotel. In May 2000, the Great Chefs crew showed up to tape Chef Philippe Legendre at Georges V for Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the World television series (episodes 239 and 250).
He and his brigade of 70 cooks won three Michelin stars for the Restaurant Le Cinq in the Georges V Hotel between the years 2003-2007, before dropping back to two stars in 2008.
Today in 2016, he consults with PHILIPPE Legendre COUNCIL www.philippelegendre.com