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Sylvain Sendra

Born in Lyon in 1977, Sylvain Sendra is the chef at Fleur de Pavé in Paris's 2nd arrondissement. He earned his first Michelin star at Itinéraires on Paris's Left Bank, where he became known for his exceptional bistro cuisine. During this time, he also developed a deep appreciation for Japan and its green tea.

Born into a family of pastry chefs and bakers, Sylvain Sendra received his training at the Vatel school and was employed at La Chèvre d'Or in Èze. Joining his partner, he subsequently relocated to London and obtained a job with Alexis Gauthier at Roussillon. In spite of managing the kitchen by himself, he found instant success when he launched his first restaurant, Le Temps au Temps, in Paris at the age of 23.

Deciding that he needed a bigger kitchen, Sendra moved to the 5th arrondissement and opened Itinéraires, serving food influenced by his trips throughout Asia. Additionally, he opened Bocca Rossa, a trattoria, and 58 Qualité Street, a wine bar.

After separating from his wife and business partner, Sendra sold Itinéraires and worked as a consultant, travelling the world for a year. He wanted to be close to his kids, so in 2019 he went back to Paris to open Fleur de Pavé. He was immediately given two toques by Gault&Millau. Sendra continues to be an entrepreneur with active projects in the future.