In fact, this native of the Franche-Comté region, who comes here straight from the kitchens of the Cordeillan-Bages – where he was awarded two Michelin stars – shares the association’s values as well as those of his new Parisian home, which, he says, “are in keeping with his background”. Both his words and cuisine are an ongoing tribute to the blend of extravagance and classicism embodied by the Saint James Paris, a place that evokes the values of childhood and the cocoon of family.
And what a cuisine it is! He describes it as “a cuisine of moods. A cuisine of where we are, yet one that also satisfies the sensitivities and tastes of every diner”. An easily identifiable cuisine in which respected ingredients are the guests of honour. The chef tells us that Paris is the ideal place to find quality products.
When it comes to his favourite ingredients, the daring Chef Rocha, an artisan of flavours, describes himself as a “jack of all trades”. He loves to give pride of place in his dishes to oysters, lobster or foie gras, such as in the “freshly-caught lobster in a spiced shell bouillon” or “warm foie gras in a sesame and poppy seed crust, with pickled vegetables and chestnut cream”.
On the sweet side, pastry chef Mathias Alet, who works alongside him, masters the art of dessert perfectly, with delicacy and exhilarating flavours, such as in the “delicately creamy Ethiopian mocha with thin sheets of Dulcey chocolate and a cardamom ice cream” or the “grapefruit in segments and a Timut pepper cream, lychee and lime sorbet, with delicate layers of meringue”.
Saint James Paris
43, avenue Bugeaud - 75116 Paris
The restaurant is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 7.30 pm to 10 pm.