Culinary Approaches: 3 French Michelin Stars

From Mauro Colagreco’s native Argentina to the French Riviera, the journey was a passionate one that still continues today. But above all, it was a path strewn with travels, discoveries, ambitions, and hard work that led him to the top of his art. His daring approach to life and his overall vision reflects his cuisine that transcends the seasons and the region.

Always Mediterranean, instinctive and generous. Convinced of the benefits of short circuits and strong links he has forged with nature, chef Mauro Colagreco is committed to saving the planet. He works to fight climate change in the best possible way, a chef without borders, constantly on the move, he rubs shoulders with excellence in all its simplicity.

He established Mirazur in Menton, France, in an unusual 1930s Modernist building with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea in 2006. Much more than a restaurant, Mirazur is a Mediterranean estate, a way of life, a way of thinking and living with nature as its focus. In 2019, Mirazur received three stars from the French Michelin Guide and was voted No.1 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list.

📷PC: Mirazur

Today, always on the move and with a desire to continue learning and moving forward, Colagreco pursues his dreams to put the concerns of the Earth at the center of each of his creations. He is excited to finally welcome you back after so many months away, and also share with you the most recent fruits of their ongoing research and the many new things they have for you to discover.

Most recently - and more than ever before - they have come to realize their vulnerability and the impact globally of their lifestyles. Today, they are faced with a real need to reinvent themselves with a greater respect for Mother Earth itself. A big goal, but one that we know Colagreco and his team can certainly achieve and will do so deliciously.

What has inspired this special approach at Mirazur is a more back to basics approach and is being led by the force of the natural world itself. Their greatest challenge is placing the cycle of life at the center of the choices and actions they take, changing the age of human-led activity to become one of nature-led. They want you to join them in relearning together: to listen to nature - smell it, understand it and submit to it on a daily basis.

The culinary stage at Mirazur is completely influenced by nature and celebrates everything that makes it unique. The restaurant is punctuated by the rhythm of the gardens that naturally follow the lunar calendar. The moon and stars are the true orchestra’s conductors of their garden; the lunar calendar highlights this interaction through different parts of the plants and the elements of the earth. The roots are thus bound to the earth, the leaves to water, the flowers to air, and the fruits to fire.

📷 PC: Mirazur

Working more in their gardens during the lockdown and closely observing the naturally occurring forces has allowed their creativity to thrive and connect with what is essential. The result of this silent vital flow is that they have developed a kitchen in four variations where, depending on the day of arrival, you will be immersed in one of the four: Root Universe, Leaf Universe, Flower Universe, or Fruit Universe.

“A great exercise in connecting with the earth and, above all, with the wisdom of our ancestors, who knew how to communicate with plants, observe the stars and honor the elements," adds Chef Mauro Colagreco.

You will travel through a well-defined sensory journey of dishes, mainly from the Mirazur gardens, highlighting the diversity of Roots, Leaves, Flowers or Fruits. These four universes are the common thread in each of the experiences and come together with the elements already present in the chef's cuisine: seafood from local and responsible fishing, meat from carefully selected farms, and the riches from the historical producers and market gardeners of this Mediterranean region.

These creations invite us to reflect on all the exchanges that take place continually throughout our ecosystem. A network of interconnections that allows life to be maintained. This unique approach to your meal will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we don’t want you to miss.

📷 PC: Mirazur

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