Georges Blanc (born January 2, 1943 in Bourg-en-Bresse in the department of Ain) is a French chef and restaurateur, with three Michelin stars and four toques from the guide Gault et Millau.
Georges Blanc the son of Jean and Paulette Blanc. He has an older sister who was born in 1933. His grandmother Élisa died at her homeplace in Vonnas at the age of 66. His sons Frédéric and Alexandre Blanc support the family business.
In 1962, he graduated at the École Hôtlière of Thonon-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie. Before becoming interested in working as a chef he worked as a flight attendant for Air France, traveling all over the world during one summer.
In 1965, after working in a number of renowned places, he did his military service as a chef to Amiral Vedel on the Foch and Clémenceau aircraft carriers. He joined the family business (started in 1872) working with his mother Paulette and then succeeded her in 1968 at the age of twenty five. He transformed the hotel into a luxury hotel with the subsequent development of adjacent properties into a gourmet village.
In 1970, he came third in the best sommeliers of France contest and was a finalist in the Meilleur Ouvrier de France contest in Paris in 1976.
In 1981, he received his third Michelin star and the title of Chef of the Year in the Gault et Millau guide. In 1985, he received the rare mark of 19.5/20 from the same guide, a mark that had never before been attained.
In 1990, Georges Blanc bought the bakery and grocery store from the Charvet-Guyennet family to create the Ancienne Auberge. He also opened seventeen houses around his restaurant at the center of Vonnas to create his "village gourmand" (hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.)
With Cyril Lignac, he is a member of the jury for the television program Un dîner vraiment parfait, a spin-off of Un dîner presque parfait (French version of Come Dine with Me) on M6.
- Commander of the Legion of Honour (July 11, 2008)
- Officer of the National Order of Merit (August 2, 1993)
- Commander du Ordre du Mérite Agricole (1993)
- Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2002)
- Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004)