Meet Amandine Chaignot, Chef owner Pouliche in Paris

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Supporting local agriculture, maintaining the link with the community, and providing her customers access to high-quality products, are all the commitments of this visionary and committed Chef.

Special contributor - Philippe Audier - Founder & CEO - FRENCHEFS

Restaurants closed on March 14 in France. Since then, restaurateurs and Chefs have been inventive in rethinking their business model to avoid doing nothing during the lockdown. Chef Amandine Chaignot recently transformed her closed restaurant, Pouliche, into a farmers’ market.

"After this crisis, I'm afraid it's like a teenage bender... the next day you say ‘never again’ but three weeks later it's already forgotten!"

Like many chefs in recent weeks, Amandine Chaignot, an active chef on the Parisian culinary scene, found herself faced with a closed restaurant, no more business, and a feeling of hopelessness. Faced with her situation, a few certainties were clear: we have to move forward, help Parisians to eat as healthy as possible, and help small producers sell their products.

Committed, Amandine Chaignot transformed her restaurant into a small market place, reinventing her restaurant by turning the tables and chairs into stands of produce. Despite the logistical constraints of delivery, a success story was written for loyal customers, and neighborhood clientele who were looking for healthy food, local ingredients, and a supportive approach to their restaurants and producers. First, she started with three small farmers and within a few days, Amandine diversified her market by offering not only vegetables, but fresh seafood, and high quality meat. Her project was a huge success that gave hope for the direct distribution chain.

To some extent, we can ask ourselves: why chefs didn’t think of this sooner? Who better than a chef, who carefully selects his suppliers and ingredients, in tune with the seasons, to sell the result of his knowledge and work to his customers? From farms, to restaurants, to customers, Amandine provides access to quality, seasonal products that are cheaper because there is less of an intermediary...