Bocuse d'or France Naïs Pirollet

Naïs Pirollet, a graduate of Institut Paul Bocuse, won the French selections for the Bocuse d’Or on Tuesday, November 23th, backed by her commis, a 3rd-year student, Cole Millard. The youngest of the contest, she becomes the first woman to represent France in this worldwide competition.


Naïs Pirollet graduated in 2017 from the Institut Paul Bocuse, in the Culinary Arts bachelor. She began her career with the chef David Toutain in Paris as a sous-chef. Early 2020, she joined the team of the restaurant Saisons, 1 Michelin Star at the Institut Paul Bocuse.

She then joined “Team France Bocuse d’Or” to accompany Chef Davy Tissot during the world selections and helped build an adapted organization that allowed the chef to win the Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon on September 27th 2021.

Naïs Pirollet followed in the footsteps of her chef trainer by winning the French selection against 5 other selected competitors. This achievement celebrates the values of audacity, creativity and solidarity of a new generation of chefs determined to be part of the renewal of the gastronomic scene.

It is also a collective victory, as his assistant Cole Millard, a Canadian student in his 3rd year at the Institut Paul Bocuse, holder of an excellence scholarship holder from the G&G Pélisson Foundation for the Institut Paul Bocuse, won the prize for Best Commis of the competition.

A big “Bravo” to her & the French team! Let’s the dream continue.

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