‘People come here to eat, not to tell me how good they think I am’

Guillaume Lebrun has spent four decades running the kitchen at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, yet remains a low-profile figure. He tells Alex Meehan why he’d rather be in his kitchen than in front of a camera

Chef Guillaume Lebrun in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Picture: Barry Cronin

“Michelin isn’t important to me.

Not at all. I don’t care.”

Guillaume Lebrun looks me straight in the eye and slaps his hand lightly on the table in front of him. Could the man sitting on the terrace of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud really mean it?

At the age of 60, Lebrun heads up the kitchen of a restaurant which is celebrating 40 years in business in Ireland. It is by some distance the longest-standing fine ...