Chef Lionel Giraud – La Table Saint Crescent, France

“Only my Japanese knives can be both artistic and functional.”

Lionel Giraud is the son of onetime 2-star Michelin chef Claude Giraud. As a kid his favourite playground was his dad’s kitchen. After a diligent training at the Crillon, the Ritz and some time spent with Michel Guerard, he took off for Bucharest where he opened his restaurant La Villa Bucarest. In 2003, back in Narbonne, Lionel took over from his father at La Table Saint Crescent. The Gault Millau guide 2006 named him one of six “Tomorrow’s Great Chefs”, a welldeserved reward for this very talented young chef.


What does your knife mean to you?

It’s much more than just a tool. It’s like a link between the food ingredients and myself. It has something to do with the respect I have for the product. A good product can only be cut with a proper knife.


What are the superior qualities of your Japanese knives?

Their quality is exceptional. Only my Japanese knives can be both artistic and functional. I work better with Japanese knives. They are very efficient. From Korin, I already own a Masamoto Yanagi, a Glestain Gyutou, some Misono and Brieto. My latest acquisition is also my favourite: a Masanobu VG10 Santoku; so comfortable to hold and so sharp!