Lhen the restaurants reopened on May 19, 2021, after the seven months of closure caused by the second wave of Covid-19, all the ingredients were in place for Claire Vallée to ride the wave of success at ONA (Non-animal origin). Four months earlier, on January 18, the autodidact had won a Michelin star for his vegan restaurant – a world first in the history of the Red Guide! – nestled in Arès near Cap Ferret, in the heart of the Arcachon basin.
Despite her distinction, the 41-year-old chef had to resolve “heartily” to leave the curtains of her establishment down for a few more weeks. “In the kitchen, there were only two out of five of us, including me. In the room, there was only one person in four. Impossible to offer a pres …
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