Bertrand Grébaut


80 rue de Charonne

Go, live and become. When his friends made him understand that he was more capable of cooking than of drawing graffiti with the filmmakers of the Parisian underground, few would have thought that one day he would incarnate the new generation of French cuisine. He himself says that when on a Saturday he leans on the counter of Raquel Carema’s Baratin, it is to freshen up the essential values of life. Septime keeps track of everything: of the apprenticeship with Passard to the first star when he was just over 25 year old, under the protection of Laurent Lapaire’s Agapé, which resulted in a sabbatical escape to the East (with Tatiana, his partner of a lifetime) where he wanted to reflect on the essentiality of the rest of his young life.

It’s an open, elegant, casual place, where Nordic essentiality is melted with a bistrot-style relax that is more flamboyantly Parisian. There’s Teo, a good maître des cérémonies and Italian-oenophile without equal (ask him to tell you about his natural wines, fermenting and exploding in the cellar), there’s a service which, with the bluntest naturalness seems to contest Chateaubriand’s irresolution – a basis for comparison of the vocation of thousands of new careers. Here at Grébaut’s it isn’t so much utopia that undermines reality, it’s what’s possible now and here that dictates the coordinates of a deductive cuisine of immediate execution, of soft cooking and cut off contrasts, liminal harmonies and shows of accessory textures.


When clarity rhymes with taste, and frankness with love, you can pull down ancient walls and unthinkable fences making the survival of gastronomy (or of what is left of it) resonate on the same wavelength of the far more essential lifestyle of bistronomy. Every day, Grébaut replies, to the diktat of duty, that cooking is important, but living is a thousand times more so. He does so via the menu that comes across his mind (Corn gnocchetti with gruyere cream, sage and elderberry sprouts, Veal tartare with oysters and potato mousseline). Of course, when you exit, there will always be the idiots who will say, like at the Chateaubriand, «but the food is better at…».

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Born in 1979, an apprentice of Alain Passard at the Arpège, he conquered a star at the Agapé in Paris when he was only 27. He’s currently the chef at Septime.


Andrea Petrini