CEO Une Table dans le Maquis
Behind the table in the maquis looms your guide and chef, Paul. A former journalist and French professor at the University of Baikal (Irkutsk, Russian Federation), I decided in 2013 to trade my piece of chalk for a knife.
Having attended the Ferrandi school, I then had the opportunity of furthering my training at the Astrance (*** Michelin) in Paris, where cuisine and products are at the heart of every consideration. I learned that our senses can be sharpened to determine the sequence of actions and the quantities, with the elegance and bubbly curiosity that characterise the work of Chef M. Barbot. Marked by this experience, I went off to discover techniques and histories, in France, Italy, Russia and Japan. In the kitchens of the Hyo Tei (*** Michelin, Kaiseki cuisine in Kyoto) and of the Elsa (* Michelin, Italian cuisine with French touches in Monaco). In markets, on the side of roads In Eastern Siberia, Armenia, Adjara (Georgia), Xinjiang (Western China), Hong Kong...
When I returned to France, I decided to take up residence in the Alpes-Maritimes for its incredible wealth, its incomparable luminosity, its varied landscapes and its high-quality produce. The terrain allows for sites of absolute silence located just minutes away from busy areas. It also allows for unspoilt nature. All you need is to touch the earth to get an idea of the soil’s fertility, or to take a bite of a fruit to understand the exceptional character of the land’s morphology, filled with terraced plots that blend in harmoniously with the exceptional surroundings.
From the simple sandwich to the more complex dish, from the sea to the mountain, unique sophistication is the common element. My intention is to share a moment of pleasure, at the table, in a beautiful landscape! To discover tools, craftsmen, suppliers. Because “eating” is a way of discovering and understanding the world and its inhabitants. Because “eating” is a gift of the World.
PEOPLE LOVE UNE TABLE DANS LE MAQUIS
Chef Paul is such a great tour guide. We were filming a travel documentary about cuisine of Cote d'Azur and he took our crew on a personalized and memorable journey. From the outdoor market in the morning, walking tour of Monaco, great oyster lunch by the seaside, amazing preparation of special dish with breathtaking view of Villefranche-sur-mer, then a trip to a charming olive farm up in the mountains. What a great guide!
Daryl Gilmore, Etats-Unis