Hélène Darroze’s culinary residency at Villa La Coste

The chef and her team are moving from Mayfair to the south of  France for a gourmet pop-up at the Louison restaurant

The grounds at Villa La Coste in Provence
The grounds at Villa La Coste in Provence | Image: Richard Haughton

This summer, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught will make the move from Mayfair to Villa La Coste, the country hotel in the south of France, for a culinary residency. The pop-up (from July 29 to September 1) coincides with the refurbishment of the chef’s two Michelin-starred London restaurant, and she is planning to delight guests with a Provençal-inspired menu incorporating produce from the estate’s vegetable garden.

Hélène Darroze and her team at The Connaught Hotel
Hélène Darroze and her team at The Connaught Hotel
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Darroze began her career at Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco and, she says, the south of France remains a special place for her. Her new menu includes signature Darroze dishes such as Retour d’Hanoi (a shellfish consommé with gamberoni from San Remo) and roast line-caught seabass with Barigoule artichokes and anchovies from nearby Collioure. Darroze’s confit duck foie-gras is sourced from the Landes region, while desserts will include armagnac baba made with her family’s Darroze armagnac, which is produced in southwest France.

The chef’s Provençal-inspired menu will incorporate produce from the Villa La Coste vegetable garden
The chef’s Provençal-inspired menu will incorporate produce from the Villa La Coste vegetable garden
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The Louison restaurant – named in honour of artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculpture The Couple figures prominently in the fine-dining space – provides the backdrop for Darroze’s à la carte cuisine, which will be served at both lunch and dinner. In addition, there will be a tasting menu (€155) available at dinner, complete with biodynamic wine pairings (an additional €60 per person) from the Château La Coste, upon request. For those in search of a getaway, an “overnight experience” (priced from €1,250 per person) includes a night in one of the villa’s 28 suites, a chilled bottle of Château La Coste rosé, a signed copy of Darroze’s latest book, Jòia, and behind-the-scenes tours of the establishment’s art collection and wine cellar.

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