In many ways, Nina Métayer has brought a breath of fresh air to French pastry. Her determination, passion and commitment ensured her success in a highly competitive sector. This is the first time that the International Union of Bakers and Pastry Chefs has awarded the prize to a woman.
A little about her career
Born in La Rochelle, now 35, Métayer has always shown a strong interest in pastry and baking. She studied and improved her skills at the renowned Ferrandi School in Paris, where she graduated top of her class.
Then she joined Yannick Alleno’s team at the prestigious Le Meurice in Paris, starting as a waitress until she became demi-chef de partie.
In 2015, the French chef Jean-François Piège, who was aiming for two Michelin stars for his new business, Grand Restaurant, chose her as pastry chef. And, unsurprisingly, the restaurant won the coveted two stars just a year later.
Since then, she has been crowned “Pastry Chef of the Year” in 2016 by Le Chef magazine and, the following year, “Pastry Chef of the Year” by the Gault et Millau guide.
On social media, she has a huge number of followers: more than 220,000 fans on Instagram and 25,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel.
Métayer is currently responsible for “Delicatesserie”, her online pastry and consulting company.
The taste of success
In October 2023, Métayer won the title of the world’s best pastry chef. It is the first time that the International Union of Bakers and Pastry Chefs has awarded the prize to a woman.
With a solid reputation, Nina has established herself as one of the most influential female chefs of her generation: “This award means a lot to me, especially as I started out in baking. I’m very happy to represent France and contribute to promoting the quality of the work of artisan bakers and pastry chefs around the world,” she said.
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