Chef Raymond Blanc has been awarded France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur.
The chef and TV personality holds two Michelin stars at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons near Oxford.
The French ambassador to London, Bernard Emie, presented Blanc with the award at a ceremony in the French Embassy in London.
"Very few people get to experience what I am experiencing," Blanc told AFP after receiving the Legion d'Honneur and another award, the agricultural order of merit.
Blanc has already been honoured by the British Government, having been made an OBE in 2008.
Ambassador Bernard Emie said the award was for "outstanding services to the French nation".
"It is high time his services were recognised by France, because Britain beat us to it."