It was at Moulin de Lourmarin that twenty-four year-old Edouard Loubet received his first Michelin star, making him the youngest chef to ever receive this honor in France. He quickly received his second, and then third stars soon after. In 2007, the restaurant and its three stars were transferred to La Bastide de Capelongue. Here, Edouard Loubet became a Grand Chef Relais & Château, received his fifth toque and a score of 18/20 from Gault & Millau, and was titled “Chef of the Year” in 2011.
“In each dish, I aspire to reveal the most authentically-flavored ingredients in order to revive recognizable tastes and memories from my childhood.” This quote embodies the essence of Loubet’s cuisine: one part reveals his childhood Savoie roots, while the other shows his love of Provence. Loubet draws inspiration from each moment in life, creating and imagining each dish to be sensitive, generous, and full of emotion. Living around and in nature, Chef knows that the best products are the most simples ones; those that you find walking along a country path, in the hills of Luberon, in his kitchen garden, or at local markets.
He especially enjoys working with herbs, plants and vegetables in their entirety: buds, bark, leaves, flowers, and roots—“the taste comes from the inside.” Following this nature-centric philosophy, Loubet shares a secret with us: “Listen to nature; it is characterized by spontaneity and harmony.”
Provence produces a rich bounty of these ingredients with its exceptional climate and well-marked seasons. In Luberon, they count 6 seasons total around which La Bastide’s menus rotate: one winter and summer, two springs and two autumns.