Helming the ship is Argentine-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco. Colagreco arrived in France in 2001, where he worked with the likes of renowned chef Bernard Loiseau, who passed away in 2003. Colagreco also worked under chefs Alain Ducasse and Alain Passard, before he opened Mirazur in 2006. The restaurant received its first Michelin star within a year, and got its second Michelin star in 2012.
Here, we sit with chef Colagreco to find out more.
The first thing I did after receiving the stars... was to congratulate my team and my family. More importantly, I thanked them for their hard work and unconditional support. It’s something that evolved through 11 years of dedication, and I never, ever take it for granted.
Michelin stars have always been something I’ve aspired to – the first time I ever ate at a Michelin-starred restaurant, I fell in love with the world of fine dining. To me, Michelin stars are a recognition of the work we do and a sign of consistency. It is a guide that shines a light on the hard work of chefs around the world; it has helped to elevate the level of gastronomy, and encouraged chefs to break boundaries and be adventurous. Most importantly, it has helped many chefs continue to earn a living from their passion.
Keep focused, don’t ever become complacent, and express your passion and creativity. Even though there will be moments when you want to give up, you need to be strong-minded. Hard work and dedication will win in the end.