Chef Jean-Michel Bergougnoux Named Chef of the Year

L’Absinthe, renowned NYC French restaurant, is pleased to announce that Chef and owner Jean-Michel Bergougnoux has been chosen as Chef of the Year by the US chapter of Maitre Cuisiners de France. The aim of this organization is “to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine, and assist professional development.”

The 300 chefs worldwide gather to nominate one Chef of the Year; this year, the honor has been bestowed upon L’Absinthe’s own Chef Bergougnoux.Chef Bergougnoux has forty years of experience in the French culinary world. He began his career in Auvergne, and, through the years, advanced through various globally distinguished restaurants, such as London’s Connaught and New York’s Lutece. Bergougnoux took his career one step further in 1995 when he opened L’Absinthe, NYC French restaurant.

With this endeavor, Chef Bergougnoux sought to provide “simple, classic” French cuisine.  Some French restaurants in New York City focus too much on creating an imaginative menu that they forget about the customers’ wants; Chef Bergougnoux’s aim is to achieve the balance between offering creative, expressive dishes as well as wholesome French food that transports his patrons to the heart of Paris. This approach has paid off. Zagat states that L’Absinthe provides Old World dining “the way it used to be.” The restaurant was named Best Neighborhood Bistro by Time Out New York. Over time, L’Absinthe has garnered a reputation as the best French restaurant in NYC.

While enjoying his new title over the summer, Chef Bergougnoux will be preparing the succulent items on L’Absinthe’s seasonal summer menu. View the menu:

L’Absinthe Brasserie-Restaurant is one of the best Upper East Side restaurants, especially for patrons looking to savor authentic French fare. The NYC French restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch. Jean-Michel Bergougnoux seamlessly blends classic and nouvelle French cuisine. He has recently been named Chef of the Year by the US chapter of Maitre Cuisiners de France. Overall, the NYC French restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere, a friendly and attentive wait staff, and, above all else, excellent French meals. Visit the restaurant website for more information and reservations: