Chef executive and restaurateur
Anne-Sophie Pic is the most decorated Michelin starred female chef in the world, currently holding ten Michelin stars across her restaurants. For several generations her family has played an integral part in the history of French cuisine. Her family’s restaurant Maison de Pic in Valence originally won three Michelin stars under her grandfather Andre in 1934 and later, after her father became involved, he also gained the honour of achieving three Michelin stars for the restaurant.
Initially rejecting the family trade, Anne-Sophie did not consider life as a chef until the age of 23. Following the sudden loss of her father and subsequently the restaurants third star in 1995, Anne-Sophie took to the kitchen and with no formal training managed to steer the restaurant back towards this extraordinary achievement, gaining three stars of her own in 2007.
Anne-Sophie’s signature style cannot be found in a single dish but rather in her imaginative approach. Continually exploring and creating complex new flavour combinations, her love of experimenting with undervalued ingredients and flavours such as beetroot, turnip and cabbage – have contributed to some of her most interesting dishes. With the opening of La Dame de Pic London, Anne-Sophie is delighted to be able to share her passion and creativity with a new audience and introduce her unique culinary identity to the London food scene.
Jessa’s culinary journey begun at a young age, inspired by her epicurean family and a sense of wanderlust fostered through frequent travel in her childhood.
She went on to enrol in a Ducasse Education school in her native Philippines, and pursued her passion across the globe working with industry icon Alain Ducasse in Paris, France, at The Fat Duck in Maidenhead, UK and at Brae, located outside Melbourne, Australia. These experiences led Jessa to learn from some of the most talented people in the culinary world and broadened her perspective on the connection food cultivates within a community.
Jessa was drawn to La Dame de Pic London by her great admiration for the work of Anne-Sophie Pic, as well as her passion for the world of Michelin-Starred dining. She brings a unique international outlook, great wealth of industry experience and warm joie de vivre to the restaurant in her role as General Manager.
Chef de Cuisine
Hailing from Peru, Evens’ flair for fine gastronomy began at an early age, where he attended culinary school in Lima before moving stateside, joining The Hyatt Hotel in Florida as an intern.
Evens’ passion for global cuisine inspired his travels, leading him to Europe where he worked at the Michelin-starred Ristorante Trussardi Alla Scala in Milan before leaving for France to join Yannick Alleno at Pavillon Ledoyen, the three-Michelin starred restaurant in Paris. Evens went on to become a finalist at the San Pellegrino Young Chef Awards in Monaco and winner of the ‘Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought’ award. Whilst in Monaco, Evens’ worked alongside Alain Ducasse at Le Louis XV before moving to London in 2019, joining Isaac McHale at The Clove Club as Senior Sous Chef, giving the young chef the freedom to explore his creativity, an integral part of the team when the restaurant was awarded two Michelin-stars.
Before joining La Dame de Pic London at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Evens was personally recruited by Anne-Sophie Pic to train with her in Valence before joining the restaurant as Chef de Cuisine, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, authenticity and creativity.
Head Pastry Chef
From a young age, Sylvain wanted to work in the kitchen. Born and raised in Burgundy, surrounded by nature and an abundance of vineyards, he originally aspired to be a baker and at the age of 15 enrolled in Lycée Le Castel to pursue his dream. His first professional experience was at La Pinède de St Tropez with Arnaud Donckele (3*). Inspired by his passion and energy, Sylvain discovered a cuisine with classic dishes from South of France that the Chef modernised and made his own.
Sylvain went on to work at Les Barmes de l’Ours (1*) in Val d’Isère and Chabichou, in Courchevel (2*) before joining the team at Maison Pic in Valence in 2011 as Demi Chef de Partie, moving on to become Sous Chef in less than a year. At Maison Pic, with Anne-Sophie as his mentor, he learned about the associations between different flavours and scents, unexpected combinations, the use of rare and unusual herbs and engaging all five senses when cooking.
In 2016, Sylvain moved to London to join the team as Head Pastry Chef for Anne-Sophie’s debut UK restaurant, La Dame de Pic London. Inspired by the mix of cultures and the diverse international culinary scene in London, Sylvain continues to develop his incredible knowledge and expertise.