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Chef Julien Royer has a lot to celebrate. Not only has his restaurant Odette topped the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia, but he has also joined with Air France to create an exclusive menu for its La Première and Business Class passengers. He tells us about the restaurants that have inspired him.  
Le Suquet, France

Le Suquet was famous for holding three Michelin stars from 1999 to 2017. They don't have them now, only because they chose to give them back. 

How it inspired me: “Chef Michel Bras was one of my early mentors and he has had a great influence on my journey as a chef. He instilled in me a deep respect for the integrity and purity of each ingredient in every dish.”


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Le Clos des Cimes, France


French chef Regis Marcon has been awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant in Saint-Bonnet-Le-Froid. He emphasises local produce, such as Puy lentils and beef from the pastures of Mezenc.

How it inspired me: “The amazing focus on terroir in the cuisine and setting of the restaurant.”



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Asador Etxebarri, Spain

Chef-owner Victor Arguinzoniz of Asador Etxebarri creates jawdropping dishes with skilful barbecuing techniques at this idyllic restaurant in the picturesque municipality of Atxondo.

How it inspired me: “The purist approach to charcoal and only one cooking method. The oven was built by the chef and they cook using applewood coals. They have excellent control. They showcase the ingredients and bring out the rich umami flavours, but without making it overpowering.”


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Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

This multi-sensory Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet restaurant accepts just 10 guest per night at its secret location in Shanghai.

How it inspired me: “They are able to play with the senses like no other restaurant, creating a very unique emotive dining experience.”


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L'Arpège, France

Chef Alian Passard earned three Michelin stars in 1996 and they’ve remained in place ever since. L'Arpege is the only place you can enjoy his food. Luckily, he can be found cooking at his Parisian restaurant almost every day of the year. 

How it inspired me: “The cuisine focuses on purely on taste without compromise or pretense. Every bite there is amazing.”


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Odette In The Air

Chef Julien Royer of Odette has joined with Air France to create 12 exclusive dishes for La Première and Business Class passengers flying between Singapore to Paris-Charles de Gaulles until March 2020.

Chef Julien Royer

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