The Wordrobe – Five Minutes With Michelin Chef Stephane Gortina
What inspired you to become a chef?
Our family culture; as a family, we spend a lot of time together around the table eating. My mother and grandmother were great cooks and their homemade cooking inspired me.
From a young age, I’ve always loved cooking for other people, it always makes me happy to see someone enjoying my cooking. This all started when I was around 12 years old.
Where did you train? Tell us more about your culinary background…
I graduated from a catering school in Nice, then started work at a high end two Michelin star restaurant, Jacques Maximin.
I then continued to explore my culinary skills in different Michelin star restaurants in various regions in France. Then, I joined one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Chef Alain Ducasse at the renowned Le Louix XV at l’Hôtel de Paris in Monaco. I followed him for 14 years in different countries and restaurant concepts throughout Japan, Hong Kong, Mauritius, London, Russia, Qatar. After that, I received my first Michelin star as a chef.
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