From fast food to animal care homes, seven things to know about Breton Alain Cojean



1 / With Alexis Gourvennec at the police station …

Originally from Taulé (29) and now 60 years old, Alain Cojean returns, from the beginning of his book, to this English teacher who deeply marked his time at a college in Morlais. “All the students feared him, he was so nervous and even violent. One day, around the age of 14-15, my friend Marc and I got the idea to play him a trick: we painted his car pink for him right after school. Anyway … It ended up at the Morlaix Police Station (29), where my mother and Alexis Gourvennec

, Marc’s father, came to pick us up. When Alexis arrived at the police station, he said all smiles with his big voice: “For once, it’s not me they’re looking for!” “.


Alexis Gourvennec (1936-2007) nicknamed “Farmers’ CEO” founded in particular Sica de Saint-Pol-de-Léon (29) and Brittany Ferries

2 / The Cojean Adventure
The Cojean brand has about forty restaurants spread between Paris and London

The Cojean brand has about forty restaurants spread between Paris and London

The Cojean brand has about forty restaurants spread between Paris and London (Photo collection Alain Cojean)

3 / Funds
Created by Alain Cojean, Nourish, Love, Give Foundation has in particular made possible the establishment of a pastry training center for deaf and dumb children in Calcutta (India)

Created by Alain Cojean, Nourish, Love, Give Foundation has in particular made possible the establishment of a pastry training center for deaf and dumb children in Calcutta (India)

Created by Alain Cojean, Nourish, Love, Give Foundation has in particular made possible the establishment of a pastry training center for deaf and dumb children in Calcutta (India) (Photo Cojean)

We served over 20,000 meals a day, we worked hard but we were happy


4 / He gives half of his earnings from the sale of his business to his employees and his fund

In 2017, the founder of Cojean Restaurants decided to hand over. When the restaurants were sold, ”I gave half of what I got to the management and my new fund. I also made sure that all the directors and restaurant managers became shareholders in the company. I never considered the business a business, even though it was run very seriously. It was for me more a means of expression. We opened a first restaurant in Paris, near Madeleine, in 2001, then about thirty others afterwards, always in Paris and then in London. We served more than 20,000 meals a day, we worked hard, but we were happy ”.

5 / His mother:
“When my mother died (pictured here in Breton costume), I did not trust religion, but mediumship, and the experience was truly extraordinary,” Alain Cojean emphasizes.

“When my mother died (pictured here in Breton costume), I did not trust religion, but mediumship, and the experience was truly extraordinary,” Alain Cojean emphasizes.

“When my mother died (pictured here in Breton costume), I did not trust religion, but mediumship, and the experience was truly extraordinary,” emphasizes Alain Cojean (Photo Alain Cojean)

I spent a special moment with Gainsbourg because we both found ourselves behind bars after a (drinking) night.

6 / Gainsbourg and Elton John
Alain Cojean and Serge Gainsbourg

Alain Cojean and Serge Gainsbourg

Alain Cojean and Serge Gainsbourg (Photo Collection Alain Cojean)
Alain Cojean and Elton John

Alain Cojean and Elton John

Alain Cojean and Elton John (Photo Collection Alain Cojean)

7 / A free restaurant for the less fortunate and a nursing home for animals

Faced with others, the Breton also wants to devote himself to animals.  “With four friends, we are currently setting up a shelter in Finistère Trégor, a kind of nursing home, so that the animals that are taken in (cows, pigs, sheep, etc.) can have a dignified end to life and not end up in the slaughterhouse.  I am also thinking of a restaurant project that would welcome both a traditional clientele and poor people.  »

“Heavenly Foods, the awakening of a restaurant pioneer”, Mama Éditions, € 25. All royalties from the book will be donated to charity. Alain Cojean will sign his book in Dialogues in Morlaix (29), on Saturday 30 April from 10.30 and at BDS in Carantec (29), Saturday 7 May at 18.00.From fast food to animal care homes, seven things to know about the Breton Alain Cojean

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