A Day in the Life of a French Chef

Returning to Provence and La Mirande (oh how I wish it was for real, and not just through pictures and memories!). In addition to having a Michelin star restaurant with sight lines of the Papal Palace, a couple days a week the hotel offers an intimate chef’s table dinner in the downstairs kitchen that used to be the private dining room of the 14th century popes.

The evening started with a trip to the wine cellar, and an education in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, from Avignon’s closest wine producing region. The region produces wonderfully complex red and white wines that tend to be rare finds here in the States.

Enjoy a glass…or four. Just save room for the main event. Four courses of impeccably prepared food, cooked to order on a wood burning stove and accompanied by wine pairings.

The evening starts with a cold pistachio soup with a dollop of creamy French cheese.

Followed by white fish and mussels on top of the most perfectly whipped potatoes with green beans and toasted hazelnuts.

Then to the main course – lamb with all sorts of delicious accouterments that I honestly can’t remember (in my defense, the night started with wine, moved on to more wine, and finished with more wine).

And finally, the piece de resistance. A homemade sorbet over marinated berries with a fresh from the oven (gluten-free) madeleine.

It’s a night sure to result in new friendships, cheeks sore from laughter, and a stomach full of delicious food.

4 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a French Chef

  1. My mouth is watering!

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    1. It really would make the next great girls’ trip!


  2. yummy and look at how nice the table is set. Perfection.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It truly was a memorable experience. No element was overlooked!


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