Amidst the hustle and bustle of Avignon’s Les Halles covered market, this tall, intrepid Californian happily rises to the challenge of dishing up delicious French “bistronomy” in this temple to Provençal gastronomy and agriculture – and always has a smile on his face! At his friendly stall between the Nyons olives and Bouzigues oysters, you can choose lunch from the chalkboard menu – or brunch on Sundays – and even join in a Tuesday cookery class (or book a private class).
Jonathan Chiri has been gracing some of the region’s top restaurants with his culinary prowess since 2002, including Avignon’s La Mirande, Domaine de la Verrière in Crestet, and Château de Massillan in Uchaux. And as well as that, he slakes his insatiable curiosity by cycling up and down the hills of Provence to get out and meet farmers, wine growers and chefs.
He has totally immersed himself in Provençal food and wine culture, all the better to put his own new spin on it – sometimes even adding a touch of New Orleans, where he lived for many years, and whose culinary influence he has never completely shaken off.