Mirazur’s Mauro Colagreco cooks for Chinese and French Presidents at the Palais de l’Élysée

Mauro Colagreco, the three-Michelin starred chef and the mastermind behind Menton’s Mirazur restaurant, was one of two top chefs in France to be chosen to prepare the meals served at the Palais de l’Élysée during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official state visit earlier this week. 

The Chinese leader was treated to a gastronomic potpourri of French cuisine at the dinner held in his honour by France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Monday 6th May.  

Among those in the kitchen was local Riviera chef, Mauro Colagreco, whose flagship restaurant, Mirazur in Menton, was once hailed as the Best in the World.    

Mirazur catapulted Colagreco, who is originally from Argentina, to fame in 2006 when he earned his first Michelin star. This was followed by a second in 2012 and a third in 2019, making him the first chef not native to France to be awarded three stars in the French edition of the legendary Michelin Guide.  

During the recent state dinner in Paris, Colagreco was joined by the famous French chef Pierre Gagnaire. Together the duo prepared an entrée and a main course that had been conceived by the Palais’ habitual head chef, Fabrice Desvignes.  

The world leaders and their guests enjoyed crab meat and Oscietra caviar from Aquitaine under a veil of flowers as a starter. The main featured a suprême de poulette de Bresse with baby spinach and vin jaune du Jura. 

Maison Quatrehomme was entrusted with the cheese course, while pastry chef extraordinaire Nina Métayer was chosen to craft the dessert. 

The meal concluded the first day of Jinping’s official state visit to France, a moment toasted around the table with the finest French champagnes, wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, and cognacs.  

Watch Mauro Colagreco’s Instagram video below to see more:


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Photo source: Mauro Colagreco, Instagram