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“Français of the Year” 2009 - The Winners

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The winners of the third edition of the “Français of the Year” awards were uncovered on 17th December at an exclusive awards ceremony held at the the Maison du Languedoc Roussillon in Cavendish Square in London.
This year again more than 4,000 people voted online to elect the leadiers and shakers of the UK’s French community from the worlds of gastronomy, business, sports and the Arts.


The 2009 nominees

Chef of the Year
Alain Ducasse (Dorchester)
Alexis Gauthier (Roussillon)
Claude Bosi (Hibiscus)
Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex (Ambassade
de l'Ile)
Joël Robuchon (L'Atelier)
Michel Roux Jr (Le Gavroche)
Mourad Mazouz (Momo)
Raymond Blanc (Le Manoir aux Quat’



Artist of the Year
Laurent Voulzy (Singer/Songwriter)  
Lou Doillon (Actress)
Noémie Lenoir (Model)
Roland Mouret (Fashion Designer)    
Stéphane Denève (Conductor)
Sylvie Guillem (Ballet dancer)





Businessman of the Year
André Lacroix (Inchcape)
Arnaud Bamberger (Cartier)
Arnaud de Puyfontaine (National Magazine)
Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye (Liberty)
Tidjane Thiam (Prudential)
Xavier Rolet (London Stock Exchange)


Sportsman of the Year
Benjamin Kaiser (Leicester)
Gaël Clichy (Arsenal)
Julien Dupuy (Leicester)
Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Serge Betsen (Wasps)


The 2009 Winners


Sportman of the Year - Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea FC)


"I am delighted to join Arsène Wenger in the Français of the Year hall of fame. I am very grateful to all those who voted for me and hope to continue entertaining them both with the Blues and the Bleus.” 
Nicolas Anelka


Artist of the Year - Roland Mouret (Fashion Designer)

"I am delighted and honoured to win this incredible award. I have always held France very close to my heart, despite being a UK resident. For instance I always show my collections in my native country. As everyone knows, us French are sometimes considered too proud but winning "Français of the Year", I think makes me justifiably so!"
Roland Mouret



Chef of the Year - Raymond Blanc (Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons)

"During my many years in England, I have enjoyed sharing and expressing my French culture through my cuisine. I am pleased that I have been recognised by my fellow French compatriots for this award."
Raymond Blanc


Business of the Year - Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye (CEO of Liberty)

"I am proud, as a Frenchman, to have played a part in re-establishing Liberty, one of the best loved British luxury brands, as the ultimate curator and incubator of avant-garde English and exotic talent in Fashion, Design and Beauty. Liberty has now swung back to near profitability by reconnecting to its roots of Love, Rebellion and Artistic Discovery."
Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye


To see last year's winners


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