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‘The choice of one’s profession is extremely tricky and often fate has to step in’ - everything started with those Sunday lunches at my maternal grandparents… the scent of ‘home-churned’ butter wafted through the corridors, whetting the appetite of the whole family who had come together to eat. Then there was hotel school in Paris, La Grande Cascade and 2 stars at Restaurant Gérard Pangaud, Paris. After 9 years spent in Japan, in 1991 I came back to take charge of L’Oasis, an institution on the Côte d’Azur expertly run by Louis Outhier. It wasn’t long before my brothers, Antoine and François signed up for the adventure. The next year, we were awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide and things were just fine! Today, our fine property is multi-facetted: in addition to our gourmet restaurant, L’Oasis, there is also a bistrot, a ‘Pâtisserie-Boulangerie-Chocolaterie’ and ‘L’Oasis Gourmet Workshops’.
Every morning I go to the Forville market in Cannes, where I choose my lemons depending on what the vendors have to offer, which in turn depends on the varieties and the trees’ degree of exposure.
At L’Oasis, the dishes vary from season to season, from menu to menu. For example, we serve a ceviche of “Papin” oysters with local lemon and capers, our “Apicius” vinaigrette (honey, lemon, olive oil, etc.) and a suckling veal chop rognonnade (rolled with the kidney) with local lemon and sage. And sometimes we enjoy offering our diners a glass of Lerincello lemon liqueur made by the monks of Lérins Abbey.