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Biography of Pascal Aussignac
Head Chef at Club Gascon

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Chef Pascal Aussignac hails from Toulouse in the South West of France, where foie gras, duck, fine charcuterie, cassoulet, good wines and Armagnac are the order of the day. He trained with French master Chefs like Gerard Vie, Alain Dutournier and Guy Savoy. His love of food and attention to detail have been delighting foodies & critics in London since 1998. 

Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur, he cooks in and oversees in close collaboration with his business partner Vincent Labeyrie eight award-winning restaurants in London, all of them with a slightly different culinary theme but celebrating the food of France and of his beloved homeland of Gascony.

Their flagship restaurant, Club Gascon, was awarded a Michelin Star in 2002 that it has kept since. And, in 2007 was awarded the ultimate peer group accolade of Restaurant of the Year by The Caterer Magazine.

 Over the years, Pascal Aussignac and Vincent Labeyrie opened 7 other affiliate artisan restaurants:

- in Smithfield:

  • Club Gascon – Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Cellar Gascon - specialist wine bar
  • Comptoir Gascon – bistro and Official Embassy of Cassoulet in the UK
  • Le Cercle in Chelsea
  • Cigalon and Baranis in Chancery Lane, dedicated to Provençal and Corsican cuisine
  • Chip + Fish in both Westfield City and Stratford.

 

In 2008, He wrote his first recipe book: "Cuisinier Gascon" awarded Best French Cookbook by “Gourmand Award”.

Well respected in the industry, Pascal has kept his dedication to the cuisine he loves and passion: he still cooks at Club Gascon every day, looks after the floral arrangement in all his restaurants, and keeps surprising the London foodie scene. 

 

Key dates

1967 Born in Toulouse, France 1982 Lycée hôtelier of Bordeaux-Talence 1985 First wage as commis for Gérard Vié at ‘Trois Marches’

1989 At 25 year old already knows that he wants to open his restaurant

1998 Opening of Club Gascon in London 2002 First Michelin star 2009 Publication of his first book Cuisinier Gascon 

 

Club Gascon (1998) - Specialising in fine cuisine from South West France

Awards

2013 Tatler Magazine - Test of Time

Trophées des francais de l'étranger - Lauréat catégorie Art de Vivre

2012 Best in Taste Award – Taste of London

2011 Best in Taste Award – Taste of London

2008 Gastronomades France - Best French touch

2007 Catey Awards - Independent Restaurateur of the Year

2007 Francais of the year - Meilleur Chef-Pascal Aussignac

2005 Hotel & Restaurant Awards - Best French Restaurant

2004 Tio Pepe ITV London Restaurant - The Outstanding London Chef of the Year

2003 Harpers & Moët Restaurant Award - Best Restaurant in London

2002 Michelin Guide - one star (Since 2002)

2000 Good Food Guide - Restaurant of the Year

2000 AA Guide - Restaurant of the Year

2000 Hotel & Restaurant Awards - Best French Restaurant

2000 Decanter - Newcomer of the Year

1999 Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards - Best New Restaurant

1999 Caterer & Hotelkeeper Catey Awards - Best New Restaurant 

2000 AA Guide - Restaurant of the Year

2000 Hotel & Restaurant Awards - Best French Restaurant

2000 Decanter - Newcomer of the Year

1999 Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards - Best New Restaurant

1999 Caterer & Hotelkeeper Catey Awards - Best New Restaurant Le Cercle in Chelsea

Cellar Gascon (2000) - One of the best specialist wine bars in London.

Awards

 2011 Gayot - Top ten London Wine Bars

 2005 Aperitif Awards - Outstanding Contribution to the Aperitif Experience

 2004 Apéritif à la Française - Best Apéritif Bar

 

Comptoir Gascon (2001)

Comptoir Gascon opened its door on 13th February 2001 on Charterhouse Street three years after the launch of Club Gascon. Originally a deli-bakery it was then transformed to become a bistro-deli in 2005.

Awards

2006 (since 2006) Bib Gourmand - Guide Michelin

2012 Time Out: 100 best dish in London

2011 Pascal Aussignac awarded Ambassador, Master of Cassoulet by the Universal Cassoulet Academy

2007 Time Out: Best Chips in London

2006 Harden's - Best restaurant under £45

2006 The Independent - Best Romantic Restaurant

2005 The Independent - Best value restaurant

 

Le Cercle (2004) - A lounge and a restaurant - both haven of temptation and glamour.

Awards: 2 AA Rosettes

 

Chip & Fish - Sustainable Fish and Chips opened in both Westfield Shopping Centre.

Westfield London Shopping Centre (2008)

Westfield Strafford Shopping Centre (2011)

 

Cigalon (2010) - Cigalon, a Provencal restaurant created by a team of ex-Club Gascon chefs, has now opened in London. The restaurant, named after the eponymous hero (a chef) in Marcel Pagnol’s 1935 film.

Awards:

2013 Wine list highlighted as "wine champion" in the 2013 guide.

2011 (since 2011) 2 AA Rosettes

Best new comer 2011 for the Drinking Out Excellence Awards

Baranis (2010) - Provençal Food, Wine, Pastis & Pétanque. It shares an address with CIGALON.

The bar, named after its wide range of Pastis and Absinthe drinks, is located in the atmospheric, old vaulted cellars of a former auction house on Chancery Lane where discreet booths and the UK’s only indoor pétanque court makes it the perfect place for a leisurely lunch or a playful evening.

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