Carmel Magazine

Summer/Fall 2020

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Q: After so long at Casanova, what finally made you decide to open your own restaurant? A: It was a dream since I graduated from my culinary institute in France. It happened a bit late in my career, but it has been very rewarding, and I'm very happy. Q: What do you cook at home on a day off? A: I'm happiest if I cook outside on my grill. A whole fish will do the trick! Q: What is your philosophy at Bistro Moulin? A: Stick to the bistro concept—a well-bal- anced menu with classic bistro dishes utilizing fresh local produce and seafood. I have to remind myself to keep it simple. Q: What is your most guilty junk food pleasure? A: No junk food for me, but I love to have a piece of bittersweet chocolate (Valrhona) after I get home or before bedtime. Q: What three things are in your fridge at home at all times? A: Beer and wine, cheese, Dijon mustard. Q: Describe your last meal, and who's cook- ing it? A: I've never thought of my last meal. Q: If you were to dine as a guest at Bistro Moulin, what would you order and why? A: I would have the escargots as a star ter, then the duck confit, a cheese course and the profiteroles. And a bottle of Pommard would be lovely. Q: How have evolving dietary concerns changed the way you approach your menu? A: We have become accustomed to it and it's always on my mind when I create my menu. I always offer gluten-free options, and something for vegetarians and vegans, of course. Q: What does retirement look like to you? A: Retirement? Before COVID 19, I had some hopes that one day I might pass the baton. Now we shall see! 154 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 2 0 RESERVATIONS 831-372-3456 BANQUETS 831-333-9798 223 17th St., Pacific Grove Featuring Fresh Seafood, Rack of Lamb, Pastas, Paellas, Steaks & more! Full Bar Ser vice Private Dining Rooms WE ARE OPEN FOR TAKE OUT! ' I always enjoyed being around the kitchen as a kid. I spent several summers with my uncle, who had a small farm with fowl, a vegetable garden, an orchard and a small vineyard in Provence.'

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