The French Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, Marc Meurin combines creativity, modern cuisine and fresh ingredients with his memories of growing up in Lens in the north of France. He now holds two Michelin stars for his Restaurant Meurin at Le Château de Beaulieu.
His inspiration for cooking came from his mother who would cook family meals with love and passion. At age 17, Marc headed off to hotel school in Lille and left three years later to set up his first restaurant, Laventie with his wife Claudine. With no training in major restaurants he built up his repertoire little by little, in his native region, using local produce and employing his passion, technical prowess and skill to gain a name for himself in the area.
The restaurant Meurin was awarded for the first Michelin star in 1992 and a second in 1998. He is now famed for his hautecuisine in a contemporary setting, with each dish balancing traditional flavours with modern techniques
What was your most moving culinary experience?
My first meal at a major restaurant. Alain Chapel’s on that occasion. What a memory!
The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
One customer sampling the bed of coarse sea salt under the oyster, another drinking the water out of the finger bowl... No major incidents, but quite a few funny moments
Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Try to cook as simply as possible, that's the hardest thing to do.
- 2 Michelin stars
Rue de Lillers
+ 33 (0) 3 21 68 88 88.