Chef Edouard Loubet : the Quintessence of Provence
- French 2 Stars chef
- Farm-to-table fine cuisine
- Relais et Chateaux, Grande Table du Monde
- Chef of the Year 2011
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A modern, smart, understandable cuisine
First of all, Edouard Loubet was not born in Provence. He nevertheless adopted it. Savoyard, he discovered the Luberon in the early 1990s. There, it was like love at first sight. Then, with his mother Claude, they acquired Le Moulin de Lourmarin and settled on this multiple and generous terroir, just like his cuisine.
Since then, the young chef adopts the flavours, revisits his classic … His talent burst in the open: the Michelin Guide compliment him with a first star in 1996. Later, a second will follow in 1999. As a result, it rewards a modern, smart, understandable cuisine that delights the senses more than it questioned them. Indeed, a sensual gastronomy, almost carnal, placing the product in majesty and arouses many emotions. In 2005 the Loubets moved in Bonnieux, along with the gourmet restaurant. In La Bastide de Capelongue kitchens, the adopted son of this exceptional terroir pursues its tribute to the Provençal mothers.
Gault & Millau assigns him a rate of 18/20. Named «Chef of the Year» in 2011, he’s awarded with 5 “toques” in 2013. An honour reserved to sixteen French chefs only. Edouard Loubet makes it a point of honour to respect the seasons; he works in tune with small local producers, from which he gets his supplies. By listening to nature he magnifies, from truffle – his favourite ingredient – to herbs he harvests in his garden, just like his mentor Marc Veyrat. Besides, it’s in his kitchen he met his wife Isabelle …
La Bergerie, the Luberon’s new restaurant
If La Bastide de Capelongue has become the gastronomic institution of the Luberon, another table was created in 2014: La Bergerie. Open all year, it celebrates a refined conviviality. At cocktail hour, one shares a truffle pizza, one of Edouard Loubet’s classics, watching the sunset over the Luberon Mountains through the huge windows.
Around the large tables and antique furniture flecked by Isabelle Loubet, one can enjoy simple but yet sophisticated dishes, which have simmered in the large open kitchen. Or in the chimney of the old barn! Fragrant herb salads, stews, stuffed vegetables, Luberon lambs and meat grilled on the wood fire can be enjoyed by the fireplace or in the garden when the weather’s fine, facing a magical panorama.
In the summertime, the 4Months is opened to enjoy a cocktail or a light lunch by the pool. Aromatic touches, which characterize the cuisine of the house, are brought to the dishes. Cool oasis when the sun expands, that pool house also offers another breathtaking view of the Luberon valley.
TABLE DU CHEF
One can discover Edouard Loubet’s divine feast at his side, at the «Chef’s Table»: a room in the heart of La Bastide kitchen, where you can savour his meals as much as talk to him, during a beautiful moment of gastronomy and conviviality. In the same spirit of transmission, Edouard Loubet also gives cooking classes.
LE MOULIN DE LOURMARIN
In the Golden Triangle of the Luberon, close to Bonnieux, the Loubet family also retained its historical setting: the Moulin de Lourmarin. The village of Lourmarin can claim to be ranked among the most beautiful villages of the country. At the heart of the village, facing the castle, the old oil mill has twenty rooms – including one suite – and a restaurant that offers fine Provencal cuisine under the arch of this eighteenth century monument.
If you haven’t had a taste of Paradise yet, it’s that you’ve never been in Bonnieux », invites Edouard Loubet, ambassador of a preserved Provence. Magnificent.