Marsan by Hélène Darroze

"Marsan, the restaurant of my dreams."

20 years after her debut on the Left Bank in Paris, the Basque/Landes chef Hélène Darroze has returned to her roots, reinventing N°4 Rue d'Assas with her new flagship restaurant, Marsan by Hélène Darroze. Originally the site of her Michelin starred ‘Restaurant Hélène Darroze' in the 6th arrondissement, and named now after her home region in Les Landes in SW France, Marsan opened its doors after an eleven month refurbishment with an exciting new menu and stunningly redesigned interior.

Famed for championing her producers, Hélène has created dishes that lead her guests through a lifetime of experience, travel and bespoke recipes on a journey with no map, "I like people to trust me," Hélène explains.

So now, through Marsan, she honours the roots of this culinary odyssey: the region of her birth - an area of wild Atlantic beaches, of lush pine forests opening onto vast, golden cornfields. A place famous for duck and Armagnac; a land of plenty with a terroir that threads its way through the Darroze family and lies at the very core of Hélène. Over the past two decades, this instinctive and continually evolving chef has absorbed and woven subtle elements of her travels and life-defining moments into her cooking. From the tandoors of India and dashis of Japan to the intricate fragrances of Vietnam, hints of each can be found elegantly interspersed through her dishes of the finest French produce.

She adds, "I am Basque-Landes. I am made from that family and that soil; they are the origin of everything I am. When I was younger, maybe I tried to free myself a little, but as I mature, I find myself going back. With Marsan, I want to find the essentials, create a restaurant that says everything about me, go through my story until this point in time and then, begin a new chapter."

From the moment you arrive at the restaurant's exterior, symbolism from her beloved Les Landes is intertwined throughout the design. Indeed, such is her connection to the space that Hélène has not only poured her imagination into creative new dishes, but also invested emotionally into every detail of the building: from the interior design to the crockery and pottery (to discover more on her collaboration with the ceramicist and artist, Ema Pradère please click HERE), even through to service and staff uniforms.

The interior design team has been led by acclaimed French architect, Patrice Gardera, who worked closely with Hélène in bringing her dreams to reality. (To discover more on Patrice Gardera and his connection to Marsan, please click HERE.)

Light oak wall panelling seamlessly links the spacious reception with the light-filled, first-floor dining room. On the ground level, are 2 private dining options: the first seating 22 around a specially commissioned, 6-meter long ‘table commune' and surrounded by enticing views into some of the restaurant's wine collection; the second more intimate and enclosed, seats 6 around a circular, slate grey table.

As guests ascend the stairs into the main dining room, they are immediately greeted by the restaurant's dramatic show kitchen with its own dedicated 6 seat Chef’s Table. Continuing, they walk past an extended display dresser, created in the same light oak that panels the walls. Here, Hélène has displayed some of her more personal objects, as if welcoming guests into her home: pictures of her with a bicycle as a child playing with her brother Marc; drawings of her daughters, Charlotte and Quiterie; pictures of the family inn – the Hotel des Voyageurs in Villeneuve-de-Marsan; the silver dishes and birds that adorned the tables there; a wine list from her beloved grandfather, Jean; the recipe book of her grandmother, Charlotte; an old family daubière and a selection of chef books.

All momentary snapshots into the life of Hélène Darroze.

Finally, simple table settings with bespoke ceramics, encourage diners to touch and admire, while awaiting the theatrical opening, that is each dining experience at Marsan by Hélène Darroze.

MARSAN by Hélène Darroze

4 rue d'Assas

75006 PARIS

Opening days: Monday to Friday

12:30 to 14:00 and 19:30 to 22:00

Reservations:

Telephone: 01 42 22 00 11

E-mail: reservation@helenedarroze.com

Website: helenedarroze.com

Menus for lunch: 75 € (starter + main course + dessert) or 95 € (two starters + main course + dessert)

Tasting menu for dinner: 175 € (4 dishes + cheese trolley + 1 dessert) or 225 € (6 dishes + cheese trolley = 2 desserts): She adds, "I am Basque-Landes. I am made from that family and that soil; they are the origin of everything I am. When I was younger, maybe I tried to free myself a little, but as I mature, I find myself going back. With Marsan, I want to find the essentials, create a restaurant that says everything about me, go through my story until this point in time and then, begin a new chapter."

From the moment you arrive at the restaurant's exterior, symbolism from her beloved Les Landes is intertwined throughout the design. Indeed, such is her connection to the space that Hélène has not only poured her imagination into creative new dishes, but also invested emotionally into every detail of the building: from the interior design to the crockery and pottery (to discover more on her collaboration with the ceramicist and artist, Ema Pradère please click HERE), even through to service and staff uniforms.

The interior design team has been led by acclaimed French architect, Patrice Gardera, who worked closely with Hélène in bringing her dreams to reality. (To discover more on Patrice Gardera and his connection to Marsan, please click HERE.)

Light oak wall panelling seamlessly links the spacious reception with the light-filled, first-floor dining room. On the ground level, are 2 private dining options: the first seating 22 around a specially commissioned, 6-meter long ‘table commune' and surrounded by enticing views into some of the restaurant's wine collection; the second more intimate and enclosed, seats 6 around a circular, slate grey table.

As guests ascend the stairs into the main dining room, they are immediately greeted by the restaurant's dramatic show kitchen with its own dedicated 6 seat Chef’s Table. Continuing, they walk past an extended display dresser, created in the same light oak that panels the walls. Here, Hélène has displayed some of her more personal objects, as if welcoming guests into her home: pictures of her with a bicycle as a child playing with her brother Marc; drawings of her daughters, Charlotte and Quiterie; pictures of the family inn – the Hotel des Voyageurs in Villeneuve-de-Marsan; the silver dishes and birds that adorned the tables there; a wine list from her beloved grandfather, Jean; the recipe book of her grandmother, Charlotte; an old family daubière and a selection of chef books.

All momentary snapshots into the life of Hélène Darroze.

Finally, simple table settings with bespoke ceramics, encourage diners to touch and admire, while awaiting the theatrical opening, that is each dining experience at Marsan by Hélène Darroze.

Mirazur, by chef Mauro Colagreco, voted number one in the world at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards.

The world recognises this maverick chef and his cuisine without borders

MIrazur - Dining room

MIrazur - Dining room

Mirazur, the three Michelin starred restaurant of Chef Patron Mauro Colagreco, was declared No 1 at The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2019 in a glittering ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday 25th June. The votes were submitted by over 1,000 international food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and industry experts from 26 separate regions from around the world.

As the award now makes its way to Mirazur in Menton, Côte d’Azur, it marks the first time that France has received the No. 1 position since The World’s 50 Best began in 2002. It also signifies a notable acceptance of 'cuisine without borders' from an eclectic and maverick chef.

"This recognition from my esteemed colleagues and peers is a great honour. It recognises the trajectory of my life from Argentina to the Riviera that welcomed me so warmly 19 years ago. I am overjoyed to bring this award back to France", explains Mauro, a chef whose cuisine is not a result of his homeland but of his journey. “I am from so many influences but above everything, I am a cook and I love to cook. My food is just from my heart, and I love to share it with my guests. From all of us at Mirazur, thank you - we are all celebrating tonight".

Mauro Colagreco's professional journey began in his native Argentina at the Gato Dumas Institute in Buenos Aires. After working in some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants, he headed to France to the Lycée Hôtelier de La Rochelle in 2000. He then received an apprentice position at the restaurant Cote d'Or in 2001 under chef Bernard Loiseau, where he remained until the chef's death in 2003. He then moved to Paris to work for Guy Martin, Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse. Since then his curiosity has taken him on a worldwide adventure discovering different food cultures and connections.

A maverick in many senses, Mauro Colagreco was born and grew up in Argentina, however, another strong influence is his Italian heritage from his grandparents. His professional culinary training and career development is distinctly French and his travels have impacted his cooking at every touch.

In 2006 he discovered an old 1930s villa serendipitously located 30 metres from the French Italian border. Surrounded by orchards and gardens, with access to markets in France and Italy and overlooking the Mediterranean sea, Mirazur - home of Mauro Colagreco's borderless cuisine - was born.

France, globally renowned for its proud gastronomic history, embraced this young Argentinian. Just six months after opening, he was recognised by Gault & Millau with the 'Revelation of the Year' award for young new talent, followed by one Michelin star within his first year of opening. France had celebrated the energy of this promising new talent as their own.

Mauro Colagreco

Mauro Colagreco

The recognition continued as his cuisine developed. Receiving the highest accolade from the Michelin Guide this year, Mauro is the first non-French three Michelin starred chef in the 110-year history of the guide. The country also bestowed one of its highest civilian honours, the ”Chevalier De L'Ordre Nationale du Mérite”. Mauro Colagreco is acutely aware of the responsibility imposed on him by his extraordinary career. "I am proud to be one of the representatives of a new French kitchen that lives to the rhythm of all the influences of the world' explains Mauro. "I am not French, and yet I have made French cuisine my passion; it is so beautiful and so refined that it inspires us naturally. I believe in mixing, combining and celebrating all influences. I am pleased to be able to open my kitchen to different inspirations. I give thanks to this French cuisine so rich in know-how, and to all those other elements that have influenced my cooking. Borders are places that promise new encounters and discoveries.

When we go beyond them, the limits no longer exist and we have the opportunity to experience freedom. The culinary identity of France today is exciting. It is happening".

Mauro's cuisine reflects the unique location of his restaurant overlooking Menton on the stunning Côte D'Azur. Surrounded by the mountain region of the Alpes Maritimes behind, the abundance from the sea in front, and vegetables, herbs and fruit from the restaurant's sun-drenched gardens, as well as the daily markets in Menton (France) and Ventimiglia (Italy), his dishes reflect his passion for the quality of his produce and the integrity of his suppliers. Mauro's menus are a free expression of season, respectful of nature and a gentle play on both texture and flavour.

In November 2018, 12 years after opening Mauro wrote his first book Mirazur - published by Catapulta.

For further information on Mauro Colagreco and restaurant Mirazur contact Ivan Crispo T: +44 20 77515812 or E: office@lotusinternational.com.au

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Mauro Colagreco: • Instagram: @maurocolagreco • Facebook: @maurocolagreco • Twitter: @maurocolagreco

Mirazur: • Instagram: @restaurantmirazur • Facebook: @mirazur.fr

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught prepares to begin a new chapter

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Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze’s two Michelin starred restaurant at The Connaught in London is set to close its doors for a two-month, full refurbishment and modernisation.

Final service will be dinner on Sunday 14th July.

The multi award-winning restaurant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will not only undergo design alterations to the main dining room, but will also incorporate a new Chef’s Table and boast a dedicated Armagnac Room for pre and post dinner drinks and private events.

The re-opening, scheduled for mid-September 2019, will showcase a new menu, rooted in Hélène’s culinary style, with a larger focus on British producers and suppliers.

The refurbishment will be led by acclaimed French design house, Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur. Pierre’s aesthetic focuses on bold re-imaginings of historic spaces, combining the contemporary with luxury materials. Ends

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About The Connaught In the heart of London’s Mayfair, The Connaught, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, blends contemporary style, classic English character and impeccable service to create the ultimate in sophistication. Rooms and suites to suit every mood, exquisite cuisine from Hélène Darroze and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the charm of The Connaught and Coburg Bars, and Europe’s first Aman Spa make this the perfect place to rest, relax and dine in style.

For further media information on Hélène Darroze, contact Lotus on (+44) 20 7751 5812 office@lotusinternational.net

For further media information on The Connaught, contact Paula Fitzherbert on (+44) 20 7107 8901 pfitzherbert@the-berkeley.co.uk or Christina Norton on (+44) 20 7107 8825 cnorton@maybourne.com

MIRAZUR By Mauro Colagreco Published November 2018 by Catapulta, £70

Mirazur Book

Mirazur Book

Mauro Colagreco’s Menton restaurant, Mirazur, is one of the most iconic restaurants of our time. 12 years since its opening, Colagreco has published his first cookbook, including 65 of his fabulous recipes alongside an encyclopedic lens into a world of shifting territories, overlapping maps, blurred boundaries; a mixture of languages, identities, knowledge and flavours, that together have created the two Michelin starred restaurant, currently ranked no.3 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (2018).

A combination of alpine air and salty maritime perfume, friend and contemporary, Massimo Bottura, opens the book with a preface describing the mythical frontiers of the Côte d’Azur and the natural ability of Colagreco who acts as interpreter via his food. Photographed by Eduardo Torres, the Mirazur book boldly portrays the space in which the kitchen occupies: the magical environment just before France turns into Italy, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps, amongst the orchards and gardens cultivated by the locals. Paying particular attention to the producers whose lives are so deeply rooted within the region, the abundant markets that supply the restaurant and the team within the Mirazur kitchen, this book invites you to discover the soul of Colagreco’s restaurant.

Across the 372 pages of Mirazur, Colagreco delves into his vision of gastronomy, following a philosophy that dictates each day’s menu, designed according to the best available products from the region: “a blank menu changes every day with the landscape. Sea, garden and mountain in three hundred and sixty five seasons.” Mauro Colagreco. Learn the meaning of a ‘frontier cuisine’, an entity defined by its landscape and its relationship between tradition, history and culture.

Colagreco’s ability to translate the intricacies of such a region, that combines the French savoir faire with Italian bella vita, has positioned him amongst the top culinary minds across the globe. His book will enrapture any who seek a deeper understanding of the Côte d’Azur but above all, those who are lovers of food.

Mirazur by Mauro Colagreco is available in English, French and Spanish. On sale at all good bookshops and Amazon.

Additional information:

Title: Mirazur by Mauro Colagreco Publisher: Catapulta editores Pub Date: November 2018 Binding: Hardback Price: £70 -75 UK/ $85 US/65.00 Euro/$136 - 145 AUS/ARS 2.800 ARGENTINA Extent: 372 pages Illustrations: 150 colour and black & white illustrations ISBN-13: 978-987-637-621-1 Size: 24 x 29 cm

For further media information and images contact Ivan Crispo at Lotus on +44 20 7751 5812 ivan@lotusinternational.net

KYM'S by Andrew Wong to open on Tuesday 2nd October 2018

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Tuesday 2nd October brings the arrival of Kym’s, the new restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef Andrew Wong.

Focusing on the ancient craft of Chinese roasting and nostalgic flavours, the menu at Kym's pays homage not only to the many gastronomic regions of China, but also to the creativity and craftsmanship of London’s Chinatown.

The restaurant will seat 120 guests over two floors. It includes circular entrance bar, takeaway offering and private dining area available for exclusive hire.

Reservations are now open and can be made via online at www.kymsrestaurant.com or via hello@kymsrestaurant.com

RESTAURANT
 OPENING TIMES

Mon - Sat 12 - 3pm / 5 pm - 11pm

Sun 12pm - 6pm

KYM'S 19 Bloomberg Arcade London EC4N 8AR

For more information and any images please contact Caitlin Folwell at Lotus on 020 7751 5812 or office@lotusinternational.net

THE EUROPEAN STREET FOOD AWARDS 2018 – THE FINALS

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THE EUROPEAN STREET FOOD AWARDS 2018 – THE FINALS
The biggest food fight in the world is heading to Germany

Saturday 29th September (12pm - 10pm)
Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin


The final of the biggest street food competition in the world is heading to Berlin. All summer long, countries all over Europe have been hosting their own national awards. Now, the winners are coming to Berlin to battle it out at the FINALS of The European Street Food Awards 2018 – and win the right to be called European champion.

The national champions will be driving to Germany from all over the continent. Whether it’s an organic crepe cooked up on the back of a bicycle from Paris, a crisp fenugreek salad from Georgia, or the best burger in Finland, the public will get to try Europe’s best street food all in one place. And then vote for their winner. The prize? One HUGE trophy. Oh, and a lifetime of bragging rights.

Gearing up to be the most exciting event on the street food calendar, the massive street food party will feature a celebrity judging panel (Including Michelin-starred chef Max Strohe from Tulus Lotrek and Evgeny Vikentev, one of Russia’s most famous young chefs - soon to be opening up CELL restaurant in Berlin) and the big Awards finale at 8pm, plus guest DJs, brilliant bars and all the usual Bite Club vibes in the September sunshine.

We’re really excited that the ESFAs are coming to Berlin again this year" says Miranda Zahedieh of Bite Club. "Last year was a huge success – but Malzfabrik will take things to a new level. As one of the pioneers of the street food revolution we love to recognise and celebrate these talented young chefs, and the ESFAs gives us access to the very best that’s out there”.

Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the European Street Food Awards. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. Street food is making the world a much nicer place to be.”

For ore information please

The Best Street Food Traders in Europe Fight It Out in One Massive Cook Off

 

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About the European Street Food Awards

Launched by the team behind the British Street Food Awards – founded in 2009 – the European Street Food Awards were established in 2017 to recognise the best of the new food heroes who are selling food on our streets. The 2018 finals will see twice the number of countries competing to be crowned Best In Europe.

Contact European Street Food Awards: Richard Johnson richard@europeanstreetfood.com

About Bite Club

Berlin is defined by its freewheeling nature and it’s that sense of fun that’s at the core of Bite Club. Bite Club was launched in August 2013 at their beautiful Kreuzberg riverside site next to Badeschiff, rolling out twice a month on Friday nights. They have recently set up Bistronomie Club, a sister organization, in France.

Contact Bite Club: biteclub@hellosheila.com

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