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My main influences were a need to share and a sense of discipline. I owe the first to my family, who set a high price on welcoming and hospitality, and then to all the chefs, both men and women, whom I have met over my professional life which started at the Hotel Management School in Luxeuil-les-Bains. They all passed on to me their love for good ingredients and the terroir, their work ethic, the need for something to look good as well as taste good… Starting with François Lachaux at Bas Rupts et Chalet Fleuri in Gérardmer, then Patrick Henriroux at La Pyramide in Vienne and finally Thierry Marx in my current Restaurant. I owe the second to these very same chefs. That is what led me to win the title of Best Worker of France in 2007. So I have received a great deal... and I have tried to give a great deal in return. As have Château de Cordeillan-Bages’ regular customers who have told me that they want to try out new experiences. The dishes I offer them are a blend of the classical and the modern, with different textures and flavours to create the surprises they are looking for. A game of questions and answers. I love it.
Foie gras is often associated with celebrations, but you don’t always need a special occasion to enjoy it. We serve it all year long. As a terrine, combined with spices, a fruity or acidic touch brings out all of its flavors and subtlety. On the grill it acquires more rustic, very delicate flavors. Or just cooked au naturel with salt, it’s a rich source of inspiration...
I discovered goose foie gras in the Franche Comté region, where I was born. It was a real revelation! Foie gras allows a very wide range of expression, making it possible to invent new dishes and new combinations. I often source it from independent producers, but Maison Campet, at the Capucins market in Bordeaux, has an excellent reputation.