Mohamed Cheikh, 29, winner of season 12 of "Top chef" broadcast on M 6 in 2021, is in shock.
Antoine, the son of three-starred chef Yannick Alléno, died instantly, aged 24, on Sunday night, after being hit head-on in the 7th arrondissement of Paris by a driver who had just stolen an Audi RS6 .
Mohamed Cheikh had rubbed shoulders with him in recent weeks.
He wanted to pay homage to him.
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“My father called me Monday morning to tell me the news.
I did not understand anything.
Or rather I didn't want to understand anything.
I called Teddy Jillot, Yannick Alléno's right-hand man.
I understood from the sound of his voice that the information was correct.
I saw his face again with the same smile on his lips as his father.
His death shattered me, ”says the very media-friendly chef who worked for the Royal Monceau, the Shangri-La or even the Publicis drugstore.
Mohamed Cheikh, a young prodigy of French cuisine, cannot contain his revolt.
“I am very religious and generally leave it to fate.
But here, no.
This drama is horrible and unfair.
It's the fault of a c... who stole a shitty car and mowed down everyone in his path.
Antoine only wanted to go home.
Last April, the bubbling chef had imagined a burger for "Père et fils", the street food address created by Yannick and Antoine Alléno, in Beaupassage (VIIe).
“We met several times at the Pavillon Ledoyen to discuss this project.
Antoine was reserved, very shy, always dressed to the nines and did not take advantage of his father's notoriety.
He was motivated, nice to everyone and always had the banana.
He was very proud of his father but he went his own way.
He was promised a great career, ”recalls the winner of Top Chef.