Cognac: Marc-Antoine Lepage, the starred chef of Foudres slams the door of Chais Monnet

Arrived in November 2019 at the five-star hotel, where he had succeeded Sébastien Broda, the 33-year-old chef from Morbihan had achieved the feat of winning a star in the Michelin Guide in January 2021, after a complicated year marked by health crisis…

Arrived in November 2019 at the five-star hotel, where he had succeeded Sébastien Broda, the 33-year-old chef from Morbihan had achieved the feat of winning a star in the Michelin Guide in January 2021, after a complicated year marked by the health crisis.

Unfortunately, not being able to agree with the management of the hotel, I take (this) decision.

On the reasons for his departure, Marc-Antoine Lepage, who announced in March to CL his ambition to win a second star, hardly extends. But he still evokes a disagreement with the management. “During these very special years, I never stopped thinking and exploring ways to improve to always better satisfy our customers. Unfortunately, not being able to come to an agreement with the management of the hotel, I take the decision today to follow my second dream after the Michelin star: to open my own restaurant soon. »

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Impossible this Thursday to know more about the nature of this dispute. Marc-Antoine Lepage was unreachable. While the hotel manager, Kader Bendjeddah, kicked into touch, walking on eggshells. “There can be no disagreement when you have had a daily investment for two years”, he blurts out. On the other hand, he indicates that his boss had informed him of his decision to leave Les Foudres “from February-March”i.e. before the Michelin ceremony.

keep the star

Does he regret his departure? The director hesitates and dodges. “I am very happy for Marc-Antoine and I want to thank him and everyone involved at the restaurant. I hope he manages to open his restaurant as soon as possible and I wish him much success. » No wave or controversy that could harm the establishment.

Kader Bendjeddah confirms, however, that his leader will leave his post this Sunday, May 29. “And the next chief, who has signed, will start on (Monday) June 6,” he announces, without revealing the identity of the successor. ” Be patient “, he said. But he assures him, “He’s a confirmed chef”.

Because the objective of Chais Monnet, which was aiming for a second star, is clear: to keep at all costs the star gleaned by Marc-Antoine Lepage. This is the supreme challenge of the five-star hotel, which has made Les Foudres its spearhead with its clientele, especially international ones. But the game will not be easy for the replacement, the precious macarons of the Red Guide being largely linked to the chefs who win them. “Our ambitions will not diminish”nevertheless insists the director.

While waiting for the arrival of the new chef, the gourmet restaurant will be closed. “As we had closed two weeks in February. This will allow everyone to take time off. »

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