Chef Denis Rippa first discovered the professional cuisine world in a Normandy restaurant in 1986. In 1987, he began an apprenticeship with Bernard Bellanger, owner of le Feu de bois restaurant, in the Eure department in Normandy. Denis Rippa gained further experience, learning about all things sweet, by following a co-operative education program in pastry, confectionary, ice cream making and chocolate.
In 1990, Denis Rippa started working under Michel Menant, Chef of Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. Three years later, he carried out his military service in the kitchens of the Elysée palace. Thanks to Joël Normand, Denis Rippa learnt all about cooking fish in Jacques Le Divellec's eponymous restaurant. The seafood cuisine served there, the enthusiasm, and the freshness of its products, irrevocably changed how exacting he was in this field.
In March 1995, Denis Rippa took on his first role as "chef de partie" in the Parisian restaurant L’Ambroisie, with Bernard Pacaud, working alongside the pastry Chef.
Denis Rippa then decided it was time to return to cuisine and continued his career in Paris with Philippe Legendre, at Taillevent. In June 1997, Denis Rippa took on his first ever role as cuisine Chef in a castle in the suburbs of Paris. He created menus for seminars, elaborate menus for the gastronomic restaurant, for room service, banquets and cocktail parties.
In January 1999, Denis Rippa returned to the capital and La Marée restaurant where he worked alongside Bernard Pinaud who instilled in him, above all else, his passion for the trade. In 2000, he joined the team at the Violon d’Ingres, before becoming cuisine Chef at La Méditerranée restaurant, where he was able to build a menu which fully reflected his personal seafood cuisine style.
Denis Rippa then decided to take part in culinary competitions and, in 2008, was awarded the 58th Prosper Montagné culinary award.
Ever since December 2014 Denis Rippa, assisted by Yannick Martin, has been cuisine Chef in charge of all of the kitchens at the Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French Prime Minister.