Changing with the seasons
Vincent Maillard's vocation didn't come about by chance. First immersed in kitchen life as a teenager, he enjoyed working in the family inn run by his stepfather below their flat. When it came to choosing a career, it was clear he was destined for the restaurant world. An internship with Guy Savoy only fuelled his passion and desire to explore "haute-couture cuisine". He then worked at Hostellerie de Levernois with Jean Crotet, consolidating his skills in making quality homely fare.
In 1994, Vincent Maillard discovered the Côte d’Azur alongside two-Michelin-starred chef Francis Chauveau at La Belle Otero. It was "love at first taste" for this Burgundy native as he tried olive oil and other Mediterranean delights for the first time. Following a period with Patrick Henriroux at La Pyramide just outside Lyon, he came south again to join Alain Ducasse's team at Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo: a three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Two years later in 2000, at the age of just 25, he was handed the reins of Alain Ducasse's Provence inn La Bastide de Moustiers. With a unique menu featuring produce from nearby markets and the kitchen garden, life here was a joy for this produce-loving chef and he earned a Michelin star in 2002 for his efforts.