Chef Christophe Leroy, whose notoriety exploded following the illegal dinners scandal, has just been sentenced to two years in prison.
Here is a chef who would have done well without this sudden lighting up last spring. On April 1, 2021, Christophe Leroy was at the heart of a lively controversy which greatly made the French react.
While France was in the midst of re-containment and curfew, most establishments such as cinemas, concert halls or restaurants had to close their doors. However, some restaurateurs refused to comply with these rules.
The case of the clandestine dinners
Channel journalists M6 conducted an investigation into the establishment of “illegal restaurants”. Indeed, despite the confinement and the ban on meeting, some establishments have continued to receive customers through bookings passed under the cloak.
As at the Palais Vivienne, where journalists who pretended to be clients were able to go. In full confinement and despite the strict measures of the government, the private mansion of Pierre-Jean Chalençon had been transformed into a restaurant and hosted many personalities for dinner. The latter were all able to taste a menu concocted by chef Christophe Leroy.
Despite police custody, no charge was brought against Pierre-Jean Chalençon, who had apologized on BFMTV April 11:
It was a mistake to do it and if I am doomed for it I will face it. There is nothing serious but I should not have done it. Nothing happened at the Vivienne Palace but I can understand the feeling: the palate, the caviar, the show business cook, I can understand.
However, things were different for the chef.
Christophe Leroy sentenced to suspended prison sentence
Indeed, the 57-year-old had to face his judges. But for another matter. Christophe Leroy was prosecuted by the URSAFF for hidden work in his restaurant in Saint-Tropez and should approximately 160 000 euros to the body.
The Draguignan court has just rendered its decision. He sentenced the defendant to two years in prison. He was, however, acquitted of the offense of bankruptcy. What his lawyer, Thierry Fradet, rejoiced at theAFP :
We are satisfied with this decision. Mr. Leroy is released from the head of bankruptcy prevention, it was the most infamous request.