The 25th edition of the reference guide to gourmet addresses in Provence -Cote d'Azur was official released last week in Bonnieux.. Provençal chefs present at the launch include Jean-André Charial, Guillaume Sourrieu, Eric Sapet, Xavier Burelle and Jean-Jacques Prévôt who greeted guests with some examples of their culinary delights.
For the past 25 years The Gantié Guide has featured the best restaurants in the south of France. The guide not only includes gastronomic restaurants but bistrots, brasseries, auberges and even gourmet shops and charming local hotels.
Author Jacques Gantié and his entourage of writers, including fellow Canadian Ester Laushway, take on the task of eating their way through the Bouches du Rhone, the Vaucluse, the Alpes Maritimes, the Var, the Alpes de Haute Provence, Monaco as well as the Italian regions of Liguria and Piedmont to update the guide annually.. Restaurants are rated between 1 and 4 olive branches- the symbol of Mediterranean culture.
You can find the guide in English in bookstores or online at www.guidegantie.com
Chef Lionel Levy of Alcyone pays tribute to both Marseille and the Mediterranean basin with his modern and creative cuisine. Last weekend Lebanese chef Maroun Chedid, awarded Best Chef of 2013 by the Toques Blanches du Monde, joined Levy and his brigade to design a menu where oriental spices met local Provençal produce. This was an exceptional culinary experience with impeccable service. Be on the look-out for more guest chefs in 2016.
Alcyone is located in the recently refurbished hospital that is now known as Intercontinental Hotel Dieu. The original foundation was built above the Vieux Port in the 12th C and the hospital was fully operational until November 2006. The city of Marseille then leased the property to Intercontinental who converted the heritage site into a 179 room/15 suite hotel featuring 2 restaurants including Alcyone with Lionel Levy at the helm.
Levy perfected his culinary skills while working with Eric Fréchon and Alain Ducasse before settling in Marseille 13 years ago. In 2005 he was awarded a Michelin star at his restaurant Une Table au Sud which is now run by Ludovic Turac, one of the youngest chef to obtain a Michelin Star.
Obtaining a last minute reservation at Le Petit Nice may not be tat easy so why not plan a visit the MUCEM this summer? Gerald Passédat’s other restaurant La Table serves lunch (52 euros) or dinner (73 euros) al fresco with stunning views of the Marseille harbour until August 23rd. Dining moves back indoors after that date.
Passédat has a passion for the Mediterranean and the culinary treasures it has to offer. He even has his own fresh vegetable patch on the rooftop of the MUCUM overlooking Notre Dame de la Garde where legumes and herbs are harvested for the daily menu.
If you want to learn more about his cuisine why not take part in one of his cooking classes. Small groups of no more than 10 people take part in either the 3 hour long gourmet class or the 1.5 hour market cuisine class. For those with a sweet tooth there is also a 2 hour pastry class. Have a look at http://www.passedat.cookingclass
Gerald Passédat, 3 star Michelin chef of Le Petit Nice and a Marseille native, will be featured on the next episode of Thalassa on Friday April 12th on France 3 TV.
Passédat will share his passion for the Deep Blue which is his source of endless inspiration thanks to the wealth the Mediterranean has to offer. His cuisine is not just an appetizer, main course and dessert. Like scuba diving his cuisine progressively immerses people into a new world. Every year over 65 varieties of fresh fish are prepared in such a way as to magnify their vivacious taste.