Open to making an attempt revolutionary delicacies in a rural setting close to Paris, on the best way to Disneyland, on the grounds of a renovated Nineteenth-century citadel?
Then go in the direction of Ecole Ferrièresa luxurious hospitality faculty that opened in 2015 in a 135-acre park that additionally manages on-site eating places.
My good friend and I had lunch at Le Chai, described as “bistro gourmand” and had been impressed by each the menu and the pleasant and environment friendly service offered by one of many worldwide college students, Ali from Egypt.
Six starters vary from seafood to meat and vegetarian. Along with salmon gravalax with dill, home made praline, cottage cheese and mini blinis, there are additionally Iberian ham shavings with home made tapenade breadsticks and mushroom cream with candied tomatoes and child spinach.
For the extra health-conscious, there’s the ‘detox’, which consists of kale, candied beets, a trio of quinoa, pineapple and French dressing.
My companion selected one in every of his favourite starters – the Italian traditional burrata, made with mozzarella and cream, intrigued that it got here with pistachio chips and yellow zucchini tagliatelle. My selection was labeled a “good egg”, butternut cream, smoked duck breast, chestnuts and comté cheese produced from unpasteurised cow’s milk in japanese France.
A listing of eight foremost programs caters for many tastes, with prawns in wonderful grits, sea pink rice stew and steamed cod within the seafood class.
Meat dishes embrace fillet of Charolais beef with French fries, hamburgers with Reblochon cheese made within the Haute-Savoie alpine area, and grilled beef on skewers with shallot fondue.
Curious to style the home made barbecue sauce, my companion opted for the ham-roasted Iberian plum, a reduce taken from the neck of the flank pork, charred meat, therefore the phrase ‘pluma’ that means ‘feather’. It was served with a pot of mashed potatoes, garlic cream and crispy bacon.
I used to be much less adventurous in my selection, roasted hen with mushrooms, child spinach and tomato coulis. However simply as glad.
The desserts are versatile, with chocolate in varied kinds, lemon meringue pie, cheesecake with figs and chocolate pecan choux pastry.
The elegant chateau subsequent door, constructed for the Rothschild household, options chandeliers, wonderful art work, tapestries and marble columns and hosts seminars, gala dinners and cocktail evenings for each private and company occasions. It might accommodate as much as 3,000 individuals.
Its many intimate rooms embrace the Louis XIII lounge and The Blue Room, whereas The Cellars, previously the citadel’s kitchen, are linked to the principle constructing by way of a tunnel and home trendy tasting rooms.
Patrick Juhel (r), awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” title in 2000, is the pinnacle chef who oversees the kitchens on the Château de Ferrières. Picture by Columbia Hill
The White Room, the previous music room of the Rothschild household, homes an intricate ceiling fresco with many mouldings. The Grand Salon, on the coronary heart of the citadel, displays an impressive decor of ebony, bronze, marble and wonderful gold.
Patricia Liogier de Sereys (centre entrance) with Patrick Andrew Garrido, Worldwide Enterprise Growth for Ecole Ferrières (centre again) and mates. Picture by Columbia Hill
The house owners of the college and eating places additionally run the 232-room four-star resort, The Paxton Paris Marne La Vallée, which is simply 800 meters away.
Our go to to Ecole Ferrières was facilitated by Patricia Liogier de Sereys, a real internationalist with a love for Paris. Patricia was born in Mexico and lived in the US earlier than shifting to the Metropolis of Mild the place she established her personal hospitality enterprise Paris S’il Vous Plait with shoppers in a variety of sectors, together with high-end inns and eating places.