“To really experience a region, you have to taste its cuisine”, enthuses Fabien Morreale.
A finalist of the successful French reality TV program Top Chef and an accomplished chef, Fabien brings his unique take on Provençal cuisine to the tables of Emerald Liberté’s Reflections Restaurant while in Avignon. Part of our very special EmeraldPLUS Provençal Dinner, he’ll create an authentic experience with a wonderful menu, showcasing the most delicious produce from the region.
“I liked the idea of introducing the products of my region – Provence – and sharing my roots, values and traditions with international guests... I hope guests discover the tastes of Provence through modern and creative recipes.”
Fabien says his aim is to provide flavorful and colorful dishes based on local products.
“I value presentation and the aesthetic of my dishes, so they’re a feast for the eyes as well.”
A chef since 19, Fabien now owns two restaurants and a boulangerie-pâtisserie in Provence.
“My first inspiration was chef Pascal Ginoux. We used to pick vegetables in his garden and this gave me a love for fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients.”
Although he is dedicated to providing guests a taste of his home, international influences play an important role in his approach.
“After my Diploma in Hospitality, I earned a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (technician certificate) in culinary arts and then worked with starred chefs in top restaurants. At the time I was on the verge of opening my own restaurant so I traveled abroad to improve my English and learn new cooking techniques.”
“I loved Sydney and Bondi Beach for its laid-back atmosphere and vibe. In London, I really enjoyed the Mayfair area as it’s always busy and bustling.”
For Fabien, the taste of home is always rich and flavorsome.
“At home, my favorite dish to cook is confit of ox cheek, my daughter loves it! My mum’s cooking is pretty simple but always savory. I wouldn’t say my dishes are better but they are different and more elaborate!”