Cradle of Auguste Escoffier, historic figure of great French cuisine, the Côte d’Azur is a real gastronomy and creative destination. The multitude of stars awarded to Côte d’Azur restaurants pays tribute to the great talent and inventiveness of the chefs who continue to dazzle gourmets from the world over. Here are some restaurants on the Côte d’Azur where prestigious chefs officiate – including Alain Ducasse, Bruno Oger, Mauro Colagreco, Alain Llorca, Jacques Chibois…
THE CÔTE D’AZUR’S STARS… HONOURING ITS RESTAURANTS!
Did you know? It’s not just about the sun shining in the azure sky…
There are also lots of stars – the ones the Michelin guide awards every year to the best of French gastronomy. The last edition awarded stars to thirty-two restaurants on the Côte d’Azur. Among them, some blue chips… Le Figuier Saint-Esprit, in Antibes, dear to Christian Morisset, as famous for his flamboyant moustache as for his culinary talent.
TALENT AND CREATIVITY: GASTRONOMY TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR!
Restaurant Alain Llorca takes its name from its owner who started a new life on the slopes of Saint-Paul de Vence. The Bastide Saint-Antoine, stronghold of Jacques Chibois who has made its beautiful Grasse restaurant the taste-filled sanctuary of Provencal cuisine. And then, of course, the famous Louis XV, the three-star restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco. Which is where in 1990 the Alain Ducasse story really began!
MICHELIN STARS AND 5 STAR HOTELS
The Hôtel de Paris is not the only luxury Côte d’Azur hotel to have won the approval of the Michelin inspectors. L’Hermitage (Le Vistamar), the Monte-Carlo Bay (Blue Bay), the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel (Elsa) and the Metropole (Le Yoshi and Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo), close neighbours, also appear in the famous guide. France has not been forgotten! The Chèvre d’Or and Cap Estel (La Table de Patrick Raingeard) in Eze, La Réserve de Beaulieu (Restaurant des Rois), the Grand Hôtel du Cap in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Château du Domaine Saint-Martin in Vence, Belles Rives (La Passagère) and Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel (Les Pêcheurs) in Juan-les-Pins, Le Mas Candille in Mougins, La Réserve in Ramatuelle, (La Voile), Château de Valmer (La Palmeraie) at La Croix-Valmer and La Bastide de Saint-Tropez (L’Olivier) also enjoy this privilege.
MICHELIN STARS AND 5 STAR HOTELS (CONTINUED)
Special mention for the Hôtel Martinez which, with the Palme d’Or, offers the last Michelin starred restaurant on Cannes’ La Croisette, and for the Résidence de la Pinède, in Saint-Tropez, which houses the Vague d’Or, the sole three star restaurant in the Var.
THE VERY BEST FOR FOOD ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR!
However, there is no need to offer accommodation to be among the French gastronomy elite.
Food was enough for Jan Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen (Restaurant Jan), Mickaël Gracieux (L’Aromate) and Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux, the two brothers at Flaveur, to win this honour. A feat also realized by Lou Cigalon Maison Martin in Valbonne, Les Bacchanales in Vence, Paloma in Mougins, l’Oasis in Mandelieu, Clos St-Pierre in Rouret, Villa Archange in Le Cannet, Hostellerie Jérôme in La Turbie, the Clovis in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the Rastègue in Bormes-les-Mimosas and Les Terraillers in Biot. In 2020, three new faces made their entrance: Pure & V in Nice, La Flibuste – Martin’s in Villeneuve-Loubet and L’Arbre au Soleil in Le Lavandou.
GUIDE 2020: FOUR MORE STARS FOR THE CÔTE D’AZUR!
Are we missing anyone? Yes, of course: the 2020 newcomers! Pure & V and La Flibuste-Martin’s make their first appearance in the famous Michelin Guide. The first is in Nice and in 2018, according to the Fooding guide, was ranked among the best new restaurants in France. The second is in Villeneuve-Loubet with Eugénie Béziat at the helm, where she features modern fine dining.
And the best for last: Eric Canino has been awarded a second star for La Voile, the restaurant at the Hotel La Réserve in Ramatuelle.