Locavore and gourmet
Located a stone’s throw from the legendary Palais des Papes in Avignon—the contested seat of western Christianity in the 14th century—and situated inside a former cardinals’ residence, La Mirande restaurant and hotel is the site of a small green revolution. At only 33 years old, the young chef Florent Pietravalle returned to the south of France to integrate La Mirande hotel’s two kitchens: a casual bistro and a restaurant awarded a Michelin star in 2019. Pietravalle’s goal was to offer a gourmet, environmentally responsible cuisine, following the rhythm of the seasons and featuring ingredients sourced from local producers. “I prefer a cuisine that is specific to a particular region, that speaks to the identity and the taste of its terroir,” says the chef. “With such a local food culture here,” he adds, “it would be a pity to go looking for ingredients elsewhere.” He takes his commitment to local ingredients seriously: each spring, he consults with a local farmer to plan the yearly crop, and La Mirande even grows some of its own herbs on the hotel roof. In all, Pietravalle seeks to compose a well-balanced, low-waste menu with a choice of seasonal, vegetarian options.
- Average price: 100€
- Author: Jill Cousin / Jeanne Bourdier
- Photos: Rija Rasoamanana
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