PIGEON, WILD STRAWBERRIES, SPELT, YARROW. CREDIT@EDUARDO TORRES
If a chef is judged by the strength of his customer reviews, then Mauro Colagreco, Chef Patron at Mirazur in Menton on the Cote D'Azur, is one of the best in the world. Understandably so, as his particular guests are some of the greatest culinary critics, chefs and lovers of gastronomy who regularly travel to his sun drenched restaurant in a yearly pilgrimage.
In just a few years as a professional chef, Colagreco has already garnered a worldwide following for his simplistic yet creative approach to local, seasonal cuisine.
Set in a landscape between the mountains and the sea, Mirazur is housed in an impressive, angular, 1930's building and lies behind the old town of Menton, with views over the harbour of Garavan. Its south facing position provides the perfect environment for Colagreco to grow a vast vegetable garden, harvest his own avocados from a two-hundred-year-old tree and pick the best and ripest fruit from the citrus orchard.
Perhaps Colagreco's most celebrated characteristic is his ability to seamlessly marry the land and sea. His menu draws comfortably from local seafood found in the Bay of Menton, delicacies from the region and produce from his own private gardens and orchards.
Mauro Colagreco's cuisine deﬁes categorisation. His dishes embrace the surroundings in a unique and all-encompassing way. Mauro's skill lies in his sensitive balance of taste and ﬂavour, allowing each magniﬁcent ingredient its place. Indeed his attention to detail even considers the effects of the air in the restaurant. Guests of Mirazur dine al fresco in an open restaurant, surrounded by the gentle salt kissed breezes from the sea below and Mauro balances his ﬂavours accordingly. Mauro Colagreco brings a living energy to the plate that just simply makes you feel better for having eaten his food.
SALT CRUSTED BEETROOT, CAVIAR CREAM. CREDIT@LOPEZDEZUBIRIA
BORDIGHERA SQUID, BAGNA CAUDA SAUCE. CREDIT@EDUARDO TORRES
In a quest to encourage diners to taste the raw purity of his food, Mauro keeps things simple. Signature dishes include Langoustine in Dashi Broth and Gamberoni di San Remo - the large red/pink prawns Parisians crave, because they won't last the journey to Paris!
CHEF MAURO COLAGRECO
Italo-Argentinian Mauro Colagreco is Chef Patron of restaurant Mirazur, located in Menton on the Cote D'Azur. His training began at the Gato Dumas hotel school in Buenos Aires, where he worked in some of the city's most prestigious restaurants including Catalinas, Rey Castro, Mariani and Azul Profundo.
In 2006, Colagreco established Mirazur in Menton in an unusual 1930's Modernist building, with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Just six months after opening, Colagreco received the 'Revelation of the Year' award, a brand new category to recognise his merits from Gault&Millau and in less than a year, his ﬁrst Michelin star.
In 2009, Mirazur became ofﬁcially one of the best restaurants in the world listed in The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant list. The list has become the most anticipated indicator of the best places to eat globally. In the same year, Colagreco was also awarded“Chef of the Year”by the prestigious Gault&Millau restaurant guide - the ﬁrst non-French chef ever to have received this title.
In 2010, Mirazur gained 4 toques Gault&Millau Guide to France 2010, in February 2012 Mauro Colagreco was awarded his second Michelin star and a prestigious third star in February 2019. Mirazur was declared No 1 at The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2019, marking the ﬁrst time France has received the number one position since the awards started in 2002.
Address: 30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton, France