Here's a video that goes inside the three Michelin star kitchen at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and uncovers what it's like to be a stage (trainee/apprentice) there. The stage is Paul O'Neil, the winner of the 2013 Roux Scholarship which allows one British chef per year the chance to stage for three months in "virtually any" three star Michelin kitchen worldwide. O'Neil explains that his schedule at Pierre Gagnaire is demanding: "I never expected it to be easy and it hasn't been easy ... I don't know many kitchen that do the hours they do at Gagnaire. It's from 7 o'clock in the morning ... finishing at 11 or 12, 12:30 every night."
He also says how much he admires Gagnaire's work and how this apprenticeship will "lead to opportunities" for him to become a head chef back at home. There are appearances from chefs Michel Roux and Alain Roux who hang out at a table in the kitchen and, of course, Pierre Gagnaire. The video also shows the inner workings of the kitchen, from its small spaces to Gagnaire running the pass. Go, watch:
Video: Stage at Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire
· Stage at Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire [Vimeo]
· All Pierre Gagnaire Coverage on Eater [-E-]