Gregory Stawowy & Yun Young Lee
Gregory Stawowy was raised in Burgundy by his mother and grandmother. The family moved around to several different regions of France before settling down in La Rochelle. It was there, at the hotel school of La Rochelle, that he began his professional career at fifteen years old. Between 1994 and 1996, Stawowy interned with Mr. Richard Coutanceau, who helped him receive his “CAP de Cuisine,” a culinary diploma certifying professional-level aptitude for cuisine. In 1998, Stawowy ambitiously sent his resume to Restaurant le Louis XV in Monaco, a three-star Michelin restaurant, and he was awarded a place in Alain Ducasse’s company. He spent two years working at the restaurant and refers to his time there as “one of the most memorable gastronomic experiences” of his life.
He then helped Pierre Gagnaire open a restaurant, where he learned about the process of an opening, and expanded his ability to organize and create new dishes, tastes and textures. The restaurant received a Michelin star. In 2005, Stawowy moved to New York where he met the great Daniel Boulud. He was fascinated by the incredible energy and non stop movement at DANIEL, whose convivial and generous spirit rubbed off on Stawowy and he soon joined DANIEL as Sous Chef. In 2007, he was promoted to executive sous chef in the company, and his hard work helped the restaurant achieve the highest honor an American restaurant can receive: they were ranked the eighth best restaurant in the world in 2010, received four stars from the New York Times, and three Michelin stars.
Stawowy met his future wife, Yun Young Lee, in the kitchens of Daniel Boulud. She successfully positioned herself to junior sous-chef and upon returning to France with Gregory in 2012, worked in the kitchens of La Scène in the Prince de Galles hotel in Paris. They received their first Michelin star in February 2015. In the autumn of 2015, Gregory and Yun moved to Lyon to open Le Suprême with the help and support of their culinary mentors and friends Daniel Boulud and Daniel Johnnes. The restaurant opened its doors on October 6, 2015 and is becoming a very sought-after table in Lyon.