Behind the scenes at L'Assiette Champenoise.

A secret corner and the occasional haunt of but a select few. At the far side of the great room housing the vast kitchens of l’Assiette Champenoise, stands a bar-style table and several bar stools. But for who? Classified information we could never reveal, for it’s a closely-guarded secret. Out of the question to name names, with the exception of two particularly noteworthy guests, whose presence is justified entirely: the chef, Arnaud Lallement and his wife Magali, who run the front of house. At any point during the service, but more often towards the end, staff may serve them one of the dishes on the menu, or even several, if only to verify the absolute perfection of the food in question. Or occasionally, maybe even a quick bite to eat before going back to work. For Arnaud Lallement is a chef in a league of his own, with
such exacting standards that each dish has been carefully deliberated, repeated, checked and checked again before obtaining the royal approval, the right to be presented in the restaurant. And here there is no room for error, but no unnecessary pressure either. Everything has been so meticulously prepared in advance that just keeping to the process should be enough to ensure the food’s perfect rendition. Those in the fortunate position of having graced one of the stools at this famous table would be able to gauge just how disciplined his team have to be; to the nth degree, but with nothing particular threats needed. And his guests, possibly friends, a passing vigneron or a long-time regular, experience first hand the arrival of his “five toque*” food that will delight enthused and sparkling guests.

L’Assiette Champenoise
40 Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier
51430 Tinqueux
www.assiettechampenoise.com


Journey of discovery | Published on: 24 February 2014
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