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Stars War in French Gastronomy: Prestige of Restaurants and Chefs' Careers

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  • Wp 10-02

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  • Department of Economics
  • Center for Corporate Performance (CCP)

In this paper, we analyze the careers from a sample of more than 1,000 top French chefs over more than twenty years and link it to the success or reputation of the restaurants where they have worked. This allows us to test what are the determinants of success but also to investigate the dynamics of performance and reputation, stressing the importance of the quality of apprenticeships, mentoring and entrepreneurship spirit. We find that the prestige of the restaurant where individuals work is on average declining along the career, and that the quality of apprenticeship is strongly related to the future success as chef. We also find that prices of restaurants with higher reputation are more sensitive to bad signals.

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Department of Economics
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9788778824271
ISBN (Electronic)978877882488
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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