Le 109 by Gault&Millau: A New Guidebook Celebrates Culinary Talent

Le 109 by Gault&Millau: A New Guidebook Celebrates Culinary Talent

Since the 1960s, Gault&Millau (founded by Henri Gault and Christian Millau, two highly respected restaurant critics) has been in constant search of the magical alchemy that takes place wherever food and wine is served. The choice of establishments recommended by Gault&Millau is based on the objective evaluations of anonymous restaurant inspectors – according to their seven codes of conduct – including settlement of all checks and taking into account information received from the general public.

Shabour @ The Social Food

At present, French restaurants are closed (except for take-out or delivery). But to whet your appetite, flip through this delightful, newly published culinary guide. The 109 by Gault&Millau showcases young chefs, and their restaurants, waiting impatiently for you. The 109 are beautifully depicted, with joie de vivre, throughout this thoughtful homage to their life’s passion.

Epi d’Or (À l’) @ James Bort

Who are the 109? “They’re enterprising spirits, following their dream, taking part in the exciting adventure of opening their restaurants, serving top quality food at affordable prices. They respect the seasons, and carbon footprint distances, using as much locavore produce as possible,” explains Marc Esquerré, GM’s Director of Guides.

Plume (La) © Yves Boucaux_Arno Waser

The new young Turks to note and to tickle your taste buds (it won’t be long!) are located throughout the Hexagon from the Ardennes via Bouches-du-Rhone, Gironde, and the Var. We’re delighted to find Pierre Meneau (son of the late great Marc) who closed his highly rated Crom‘Exquis (Paris 8th) and is now to be found at La Plume, Presles, in the Val d’Oise department of Île de France.

Louis Vins @ emmanuelle_levesque

In Paris the 109 include:

“Inviting someone is taking care of his happiness during all the time he is in your household.” -Brillat-Savarin

Order the guidebook here. Price €9

Want to be inspired by more French foodie experiences and enjoy classic French food, wine and recipes? Head to our sister website, Taste of France, here.

Lead photo credit : Gault&Millau Guide © Gault&Millau

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !