Nicolas ISNARD*

Nicolas Isnard: “I’m born in the south of France but my grandparents are Italian”

  • French 1 Star chef
  • Globe trotter chef
  • French and Italian influences

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The recipe for success of Nicolas Isnard

First of all, originally from the south of France, Nicolas Isnard’s cuisine is influenced by Mediterranean and Italian flavors. But the journey to becoming an award-winning chef was not a walk in the park. Indeed, as Nicolas Isnard had to pursue formal culinary training in France and work his way as an apprentice from one restaurant to another. Aa a result, all his hard work was not for naught, though. Then, at the age of 22, he became the Chef de Partie for Relais & Chateau at its one-star Michelin restaurant called Le Prieure.
A year after, he became the second chef at another one-star Michelin restaurant, Le Vieux Logis. Next, Nicolas Isnard joined the two-star restaurant, La Rotonde.

Eventually, Nicolas Isnard transferred to Auberge du Vieux Puits, a three-star establishment where he was made the Head Chef. Luckily, he also met his future wife Cécile, and business partner, David le Comte. Yet, before opening their own restaurant, the chef was able to experience working in Le Chateau de Curzay. Also, the owner opened an Italian restaurant in Switzerland and sometimes assigned him there. While alternating between the two kitchens, and Isnard led the Italian restaurant to its first Michelin star. Finally, Nicolas Isnard opened his own establishment, Auberge de la Charme á Prenois. Consequently, he specializes in French cuisine prepared with modern techniques—with partners Cécile Sagory, David le Comte, and Jessica Jean. They received one Michelin star within a year’s time.
To conclude, Nicolas Isnard said he will never forget the day he got the call about the award. While in the car with one of the partners, they had to stop at the roadside as they heard the news and cried joyful tears. Since, Nicolas has also been awarded 4 toques by the Gault et Millau guide and the honored title of ‘Maitre Cuisinier de France’ in 2012.

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