The Prettiest Restaurant Plates in Paris

Meet the ceramists making beautiful dishes for some of the city’s chicest restaurants.

Free-range eggs on an Isabelle Poupinel plate at the Hotel Thoumieux.
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Isabelle Poupinel

At his eponymous restaurant inside Hotel Thoumieux near the Eiffel Tower, chef Sylvestre Wahid has earned two Michelin stars for his artful food — served on equally imaginative dishes. “The plate is like a canvas on which the dish and its colors are realized,” he says. The 300 handmade pieces in his collection were designed in collaboration with French potter Isabelle Poupinel. “I love the handcrafted aspect of her creations; the dimensions, the natural, mineral aspects to them,” Wahid says. “This parallelism between the content and the containers is really an interesting way to create harmony.” Poupinel, who has created ceramics by hand, on a wheel, for nine years, agrees — but claims that collaborating with chefs isn’t always so easy. “At first, he wanted the raw plates without enamel. I said, ‘no way!’ With sauce, or whatever, they’d get ruined. Sometimes, you have to control what chefs want in order to protect the work. They can be crazy!” she says with a laugh.

At Elmer, plates are commissioned from the Peruvian ceramist Corinna Silva-Rodriguez Bonazzi.
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Cotto Designs

For his first restaurant, Elmer, chef Simon Horwitz wanted to celebrate his native French cuisine, but also pay homage to all he’d discovered during his travels — particularly his influential internship at Central in Lima, Peru, where chef Virgilio Martinez’s contemporary menu of native Peruvian ingredients named his establishment one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Fittingly, the dishes are commissioned from a maker in Peru (and the…

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