Guy Martin, Chef/Owner of Le Grand Vefour, Visits Singapore
This 2 Michelin-Star establishment was where Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to his wife, also hosted Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.
As Chef/Owner of 2-Michelin Star Le Grand Vefour, the oldest restaurant in Paris, Guy Martin, 59 anni, is no stranger to cooking for high-profile types. The restaurant’s sumptuous Yellow and Gold interiors have housed guests like French writers Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo. It was also there that Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to his wife.
Guy Martin was in Singapore recently to helm the kitchen of Art at Curate, a collaboration among Resorts World Sentosa, Michelin Guide Singapore and wine authority Robert Parker Wine Advocate, where visiting chefs from Michelin-Star restaurants around the world showcase their culinary creations.
He said, “Some of the most exciting and memorable events I’ve experienced include preparing a meal for 800 people in a desert, a celebratory dinner for Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost, and preparing oxtail parmentier for former French President Giscard d’Estaing.”
Chef Martin joined Le Grand Vefour in Y 1991 after spending 10 years working in esteemed Relais & Chateaux institutions Chateau de Coudree and Chateau de Divonne. He bought the restaurant in Y 2011.
Guy Martin is used to entertaining guests with particular demands, and has been known to fly in special ingredients like Sarrade foie gras, turbot from Brittany, Bayonne ham and Kaviari Caviar for special dinners.
Bayonne ham, for instance, is particularly difficult to get. The meat has to be from one of only 8 breeds of pigs raised under strict regulations, the location where the animals are reared is closely monitored, and the meat must be cured for a minimum of 7 months before it can be sold.
“To me, all my customers are VIPs,” he says. “Even if I cook for a King, a President, or a Rock Star, the food I cook will be the same as that for the rest of my guests.”
Guy Martin never dreamed of being a Chef.
Growing up among the mountains in the Savoie region, just 20 mins from Mont Blanc in the French Alps, the French Chef grew up eating fresh produce and drinking fresh spring water. Fish, mushrooms and herbs, would often appear on the dining table, only hours after being caught or harvested.
“I actually grew up wanting to be an alpinist, a mountain guide or ski instructor, and even attended a school for mountaineers,” says Chef Martin. “I became a Chef eventually, but I’ve always loved the mountains. Even now, I often go to the mountain and the sea to visit the people who produce the ingredients for me.”
His delight in natural Organic ingredients has led him to use only Organic meats and produce in his restaurant.
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