Chef Sylvain Sendra: Hailing from acclaimed “food capital of the world” Lyon, in France, Sylvain completed his studies at Vatel Institute Culinary School and started his culinary career path at the famous Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez in the south of France. His experience widened through working with 2-Michelin Star chef Jean Marc Delacourt who was honoured as Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 1991, at Château de La Chèvre d’Or (a castle turned hotel), under the Relais & Châteaux luxury hotels group.
Sylvain then moved to London to work with Chef Alexis Gauthier (1-Michelin star) at Roussillon restaurant (Chef Alexis is the former chef of the famous 3-Michelin Star Chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant Louis 15 in Monaco).
Back in Paris, he started a new trend with his “Parisian tapas” concept for an investor which was a huge business success. At age 24, he and his wife, Sarah, opened pocket-sized, 26-seat bistro, “Le Temps au Temps”, widely praised by the media. In May 2008, the Sendras, feeling the need to move further, opened Itinéraires with a focused menu incorporating unique culinary inspirations Sylvain acquired from his long-distance travels, such as to Japan and Peru, which has been described as offering “a great snap shot of the best of contemporary French bistro cooking”. Itinéraires achieved its first Michelin star in 2013 after four years of laudatory reviews from gourmets around the world, including a highly respectable mention in The New York Times and recently in Time Out Paris.