Podcast replay: Chef Bruno Verjus, owner of the third best restaurant in the world

In celebration of Table in Paris being ranked third on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list, we revisit the moment Chef Bruno Verjus joined Yannick Alléno for a gastronomic feast right here in Monaco. 

In October 2022, as part of the second edition of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s Festival des Étoilés, French Chef Bruno Verjus and his team were invited by “close friend” Chef Yannick Alléno to the kitchen of his newly opened restaurant, Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, at the Hôtel Hermitage. 

The result was an explosion of creativity, as Verjus matched Alléno’s signature plates with his “good energy” dishes of Jardin éphémère – a bold and beautiful beetroot millefeuille; his revolutionary mi-cru-mi-cuit (half raw, half cooked) lobster; and Japanese-style sea bass, hung for three days and enriched by its own natural fats, served with Oscietra Petrossian Caviar.

But it was his chocolate tart, infused with capers and topped with caviar, that highlighted why ‘King Bruno’ has a three-month waiting list at his Parisian restaurant.

No.3 in the world

On Wednesday 5th June, Bruno Verjus, a food-writer turned chef who opened his first restaurant at the age of 54, reached new heights in his relatively short cooking career by being awarded third place in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

“Table (pronounced in the French way) features a long counter designed like a wave that creates private nooks, plus an open kitchen,” recounts 50 Best. “Enthusiastic diners can follow every gesture, see every plating, including the Colours of the Day – a daily changing dish of the most seasonal herbs and vegetables – and witness how Verjus serves large green asparagus poached with seaweed, or prepares lobster with sugar snap peas, nettle and caper remoulade. The friendly service, stunning wine and incredible food saw the restaurant achieve the rare feat of entering the Top 10 on its first appearance in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2023, rising even higher in 2024.”

Listen to the Monaco Life Podcast With Cassandra Tanti on Spotify (above) to hear how Bruno Verjus, who never felt that he belonged in this “world of chefs”, has risen to become one of Paris’ – and the world’s – most exciting and innovative chefs.


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