Kathie didn’t have any students when we arrived therefore our first Saturday morning started with freshly baked croissants. These were served with delicious, creamy butter and crocks of apricot and and homemade fig jam. I enjoyed the freshly brewed coffee with steamed milk and a couple of cubes of raw sugar. While we were enjoying our petit déjeuner, Kathie began telling stories of how she met Simone (Simca) Beck who later assisted in obtaining an apprenticeship (or stagiaire) at Roger Vergé’s Michelin three-star restaurant, Le Moulin de Mougins. After that she trained under various chefs at the Mondavi Winery’s Great Chefs of France Cooking School and worked with Michel Richard before moving to France back in 1985.
Around 10:30am, we headed down to Antibes and walked through the old city. Kathie showed us where she used to live as well as the location of the best patisserie in town. We ended up chit-chatting as we looked at the yachts docked in the bay.
We enjoyed a delightful lunch at a 1 star Michelin restaurant called Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit . There’s a fig tree growing in the atrium and it’s located on Rue Saint-Esprit just down the street from the cathedral, thus the name. Kathie worked with Christian Morisset who is now the chef and co-owns the restaurant with his wife.
I enjoyed Foie Gras, Stuffed Chicken with Spring Vegetables with a Pâté en Croûte along side it, and a scoop of Mango Sorbet and Apple Tart Tartin for dessert. Not a bad way to start my vacation in the south of France.