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This Michelin star chef is inspired by judo

He is the owner of a two Michelin star restaurant in Paris and the author of a series of popular cooking books, according to CNN



Yet Thierry Marx maintains the secret ingredient to his success can be found on the judo mat rather than in the kitchen.

CNN goes behind-the-scenes with Marx in his kitchen, who explains how the disciplines required to be a top-level chef correlate with being a black belt judoka.

“Judo, like cooking, involves the mastering of gestures … the mastering of time,” Marx explains to CNN’s Judo World “The relationship with martial arts – judo and jujitsu, is the capacity to remain serene even in the most stressful moments.”

Marx started studying the martial art whilst growing up in the Menilmontant neighbourhood in Paris, and describes how “The Gentle Way” offered a welcome distraction.

“I was very bad at school, I failed a lot and we were in a very poor neighbourhood,” he says. “Judo was free, so I dreamed of Japanese films and Japanese sports.”

Together with his coach Benoit Campargue, himself a former European Championship-winning judoka and coach to two-time Olympic gold medal winner Teddy Riner, Marx is hoping to introduce a new generation of Parisians into the sport through the three-month “Pass’Sport Pour l’Emploi” (Passport for employment) program.

Marx tells CNN’s Judo World: “We created Pass’Sport Pour l’Emploi to help these young people say ‘Okay, I’ll get involved… I’ll feel better with my body and my spirit and I can now approach employment.’”