The Maison Doucet is an elegant riverside house in the village of Charolles in France’s bucolic southern Bourgogne. Here, amid ancient Romanesque churches and the peaceful landscape of the bocage, the hotel offers a seamless blend of contemporary and traditional.
Frédéric Doucet, the owner and a Michelin-starred chef, shares his passion for food with the local community. For several years, Doucet has volunteered for France’s “Semaines du Goût”—a major charitable initiative to introduce people to food, educate them on eating well, and counter social inequalities. Working in close partnership with the on-site staff, he conceives and prepares a gourmet meal at a large, local high school. The challenge is the sheer scale of the exercise, but together, they deliver haute-cuisine, normally reserved for a handful of diners, to some 1,200 students. The logistical effort involved makes the event deeply memorable for the students and has been featured on regional news shows.