Born in Flers, in southern Normandy, David Toutain is the grandson of farmers. At 20, he got a position at the Arpège restaurant just as Alain Passard was turning towards a vegetable-oriented cuisine. Within a year David became Alain Passard’s under head chef. He later went to Spain (Mugaritz), and New York (Corton). His son’s birth in 2010 brought him back in France. He joined the Agapé Substance, an avant-garde restaurant with fine cuisine made out of authentic fresh top quality produce. In January 2015, one year after opening Restaurant David Toutain, he received his first Michelin star and opened Identi-T next to his restaurant, a place to welcome groups and meetings.