Director Of Dining And Chef, Lily Of The Valley
“Cooking is a love story,” says Vincent Maillard, quoting his mentor Alain Ducasse. “You need to fall in love with products and the people who make them.” Anyone who has experienced Vincent’s cuisine - at Lily of the Valley or in any of his previous, Michelin-starred dining rooms - has no trouble believing that this is his passion, and his gift.
Vincent started his career as a chef while he was still in school, helping out in the kitchen of his family’s inn in Burgundy. After training with some of the greatest names in gastronomy, Vincent won his first Michelin star in 2002 and has moved from strength to strength, burnishing the reputations of such storied properties as the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and Le Byblos in Saint-Tropez. When the call came to help launch Lily of the Valley, Vincent didn’t hesitate. “The values here – authenticity, wellness, respect for products and for nature – are the same as mine,” he says. “It’s a perfect match.”