Gastronomic guide Gault & Millau is touring France to award prizes to chefs of our various regions. On September 9, it is at the Bastide Saint Antoine, located in the heart of the country of Grasse, home of starred chef Jacques Chibois, that the guide has chosen to present its trophies.
This ancient eighteenth century bastide in the heart of a five-acre olive grove, a 5-star Relais and Châteaux, has welcomed the ceremony hosted by Jacques Esquerré, editor of the France guide. Many professionals of gastronomy were present to watch our talented chefs in the PACA region being presented with the awards and attend cooking demonstrations.
Gault & Millau, one of the references of the French gastronomic world has awarded this year 12 trophies including the highly anticipated Gault & Millau d’Or, won by talented chef Patrick Raingeard, chef of 5-star hotel Le Cap Estel in Eze seafront.
In February, the chef of “La Table de Patrick Raingeard” had already hit the headlines by winning the only new Michelin star granted by the 2013 edition of the Red Guide in the Alpes- Maritimes. He reiterated this time, winning this prestigious award which was presented to him by Rudy Salles, Alpes- Maritimes MP and Deputy Mayor of Nice, delegate to tourism and international relations, in the name of Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and President of the Metropolis Nice-Côte d’ Azur, in the presence of Côme de Chérisey, CEO and Executive Editor of Gault & Millau.
This award confirms the expertise of a great professional who found on the Cap Estel peninsula, near the Principality of Monaco, a venue to the extent of his talent. The chef trained with Alain Passard, Ledoyen, Jacques Maximin, at The Elysee Lenotre, La Mère Poulard, Ladurée Paris with Pierre Hermé and Patrice Hardy, practices an inventive, thorough, meticulous and inspired cuisine. “I always make sure, with my team, to go further towards perfection.” the happy recipient said. ” By following the same guideline: please my guests. In this business, nothing can ever be taken for granted, it requires a constant questioning.” And he continued: “At least, this one is for life, nobody can take it back from me.”
Gault & Millau is one of publishing ‘s most influential restaurant guides, the second participant on the market of guides for hotels and restaurants. Its guides, annual in majority, evaluate places such as restaurants, hotels, guest houses, winemakers… This rating is based on a maximum score of 5 “Toques” and is accompanied by an assessment of the investigator’s feeling, who remains anonymous. The criteria for this rating include the quality of the food and environment of the place.
For the first time, Gault & Millau presents a guide (€ 19.50) dedicated to a region. All establishments in Provence, the French Riviera, Monaco and Corsica are represented. The guide recognizes 580 tables which puts the region at the French forefront, ahead of the Isle of France.
2013 Award List:
Gault et Millau d’Or : Patrick Raingeard.
Trophée Welcome in Room: Jacques Chibois, La Bastide Saint Antoine.
Trophée Tomorow’s Great : Mickaël et Gaël Tourteaux, Le Flaveur de Nice ; Denis Fetisson, La Place de Mougins in Mougins.
Trophée Sommelier : Frederic Brochen à la Bastide Saint Antoine Grasse et Magalie Pichen du Mirazur à Menton.
Trophée of Pastry Chef : Julien Ochando, Le Relais in Cannes.
Trophée Transmission : Francis Scordel, l’Atelier des Saveurs in La Colle.
Trophée Innovation : Christophe Dufau, Les Bachanales in Vence.
Trophée Todays Tradition : Ch. Morisset, Le Figuier De Saint Esprit in Antibes.
Trophée Yound Talents : Steven Trucco, La Toque d’Or in Cannes and Takano Tsumoru with Laurent Inoue, Les Deux Canailles in Nice.
Trophée Espoir : Stéphane Furlan, La Litote in Vence, Nicolas Decerchi, Le Paloma in Mougins.