Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Jacques Decoret is at the helm of Michelin star resaurant, Maison Decoret in France. His cuisine is the product of his life and culinary experience; "my cuisine aims to be personal and universal at the same time, imaginative yet down-to-earth, such as my medley of destructured hot chestnuts served in a crumpled newspaper cornet. Emotions, scraps of real life, that's the idea..."
Chef Decort worked with many notable culinary masters, including Michel and Pierre Troisgros at their restaurant Maison Troisgros in Roanne, Michel and Jean-Michel Lorrain at La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joigny, Régis Bulot at Moulin de l’Abbaye in Brantôme, Alain Passard at L’Arpège in Paris, Régis Marcon at L’Auberge des Cimes in Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid. His time with them taught his discipline, sophistication and a sense of hospitality.
Having been awarded Best Worker of France in 1996, he continued working in my restaurant in Vichy from 1998 and later, from 2008, a few hundred metres down the road, at Maison Decoret, where he was awarded a Michelin star in 2005.
What was your most moving culinary experience?
I've experienced two, both very significant. First, my first dinner in a ‘top restaurant’. It belonged to Marc Veyrat, on Lake Annecy, and was in 1998. It was a revelation and such a thrilling experience that I've wanted to repeat it every year. Then, some years later, a meal at El Bulli, Ferran Adrià’s restaurant. A veritable ‘culinary wake-up call’!
Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs
Keep your cooking simple, use choice ingredients, get your cooking times right, season things nicely, take care over how it is served with everything in its proper place.
- Meilleur Ouvrier de France, 1996
- Michelin star, 2005
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