The best in Provençal cuisine, prepared by our chef-in-residence.
During The Photography Master Retreat, the chef lives and cooks on the premises, buying only fresh produce from the local markets, and cooking for us as if we were their extended family. Everything is served on Provençal linens and dishes on the big terrace. Add local wines, and it’s an experience ripped straight from a Provençal cookbook. Our fine chef turns every meal into an experience.
2015 CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE: CAROLINE BESSY
Caroline worked in the movie industry and as a potter before becoming a chef.
“I was born in Saint-Maxime, near Saint Tropez, and my grandmother did typical Provençal cuisine, based on olive oil. I like food that’s intelligent yet comes from the heart - real home-cooking that satisfies and gives you focus.”
She says the two most important elements of her cooking are seasonal ingredients and an immaculate workstation. “Everything must be in your reach,” she says. “Washed, cut up, mixed in separate bowls, ready to be used (or not). Then you can let your inspiration run free, create unions of taste and color. I do have recipes in my head, but I like to let the ingredients lead the way. And I always have fun.”
As Caroline says: ‘‘At the table: bring bowls, a knife, a fork, and a big spoon – big enough so you don’t lose a drop of juice.”
2017 CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE: MARC DUSSAUD
International chef Marc Dussaud is a graduate of the Mediterranean High School in La Ciotat, in the south of France. His boundless creativity has inspired him to work in some of the best Three Star hotels and restaurants in France: Le Mas des Vignes in the famous Le Domaine de Frégate Hotel, Le Château de Sanse, and L’Hôtel de la Mer. He also worked at L’Auberge Gargamelle which is known for its mountain specialties cooked on a wood fire.
Though Marc is originally from Toulon, these days he is passionately exploring Mediterranean cuisine, handling it with his signature elegance. He revels in the marriage of textures, flavors and colors that is fusion cuisine, à la française!
Marc is a participating chef on labelleassiette.com
2016 CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE: LAURENT MAIRE
Laurent Maire is a member of the Slow Food movement in the South of France and a zen practitioner. He has a refined original style, which consists of healthy dishes made with seasonal and organic local produce.
Laurent believes in a creative gastronomic experience. “As the chef in residence during the photo retreat, I was particularly moved that the group really enjoyed a healthy and savory cuisine that also contributed to the harmonious feel of the week.”
Laurent has professional experience in prestigious international establishments such as Le Capucin Gourmand, France (Two Michelin Stars) and Le Grand Hôtel des Bains in Switzerland (Four Star Luxury Hotel). He was accompanied to The Photography Master Retreat by Isabelle Frère, a wine expert.