Stepping into the shoes of Jérôme Faure, a new chef is taking over the kitchens of the beautiful Domaine de Fontenille, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Luberon. Michel Marini will be assisted by Eric Frechon.
Michel Marini is no stranger to the Domaines de Fontenille family. Formerly chef at the Bords de Mer in Marseille, another of the group’s hotels, he is now ready to take up the reins from Jérôme Faure, the Michelin-starred chef who took the driving seat in the Le Champ des Lunes and La Cuisine d’Amélie restaurants from the very beginning of the Fontenille venture in Lauris. Michel Marini earned his stripes at the Michelin-starred Hôtel des Beaux-Arts restaurant in Paris under Philippe Belissent. Following a stint at restaurant Lasserre, he found a role as sous-chef at Cobéa, a new restaurant in Paris which earned its first Michelin star during his time there.
Now, with chef Eric Frechon as his right-hand man, Michel Marini is developing his cuisine with that meticulous attention to detail which distinguishes a great restaurant. His cuisine is made using local produce, modern and subtle, paying great attention to sourcing high-quality ingredients: Luberon meats, fish from the Mediterranean, vegetables grown in permaculture kitchen gardens, Vaucluse fruit and herbs from the garrigue.
Menus at the Champs des Lunes from 58 €
Dishes at the Cuisine d’Amélie from 14 €
Double rooms at the Domaine from 185 €
At fine-dining restaurant Le Champ des Lunes, guests can tuck into Sobrassada-grilled Ventoux pork served with Provence artichoke à la barigoule, braised in slightly acidic olive oil; or Mediterranean bream marinated in coriander seed, lime leaves, cucumber, creamed horseradish and coated in poutargue, “Provence caviar”. Dishes are accompanied by wines from the estate, which falls within the Luberon AOC, or an excellent selection of Rhône Valley wines. All this can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace, in front of the immense cedars which stand in the gardens of this 18th-century Aix country house, or in the elegantly decorated dining room, furnished with tables and chairs by Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames. A dining experience not to be missed.