Finalement! It’s Bastille Day—a day to stuff yourself silly with French food, toast with a glass of top-shelf wine (or several!), and celebrate all things French. So there can be no better occasion to let our inner Francophile out as we celebrate 10 current Gallic chefs (shouts to the old masters as well, like Escoffier) who have made the United States a much more delicious place—either through their translatlanctic influence or their game-changing work on these shores.
These are the people who, over the last three decades, have pioneered new ways of cooking, opened foundational restaurants that forever altered the dining landscape, and trained many of the younger cooks who are now taking over the game. From Alain Ducasse to the creator of the Cronut, get to know 10 French chefs who have changed the way we eat.