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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Xavier Boyer
L'Atelier

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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13-15 West St
Covent Garden, London
WC2H 9NE
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Xavier Boyer

Xavier Boyer was born in Montpellier in the south of France, but spent much of his early childhood in the Caribbean – five years in Anguilla and another five in Saint Martin – where his mother owned a restaurant selling simple seafood dishes. Although his mother didn’t cook in the kitchen, he got good insight into what was involved in such an enterprise and from the age of seven was experimenting himself in the kitchen. He told us “it was just burgers and things like that, but I made them myself.”

His most important career inspiration came later, in his teenage years, when he was in the audience of a television show featuring Joël Robuchon and his food. One taste and “I’d worked out that’s what I really want to do”, he told us. He secured a stage in one of Robuchon’s kitchens and loved what he saw. He continued: “I liked the organisation, people’s motivation and the structure that came with working in an organisation like that. Because outside work I am not very organised – at work it’s a different story. I like the contrast.”

Xavier Boyer