After the temporary closures, Mauro and Julia Colagreco are delighted to reopen the doors of their beloved Mirazur in Menton. A place that has take them on many paths, most recently the awards in 2019 of the ultimate three stars from Michelin and the No.1 slot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list.
When COVID-19 hit in 2020 and the ensuing global lockdowns forced the world to stop, it created a very special moment for the great Mirazur family.
It afforded them time to look inwards and re-evaluate themselves: to innovate and reinvent what they could bring to the table and give their guests the opportunity to discover a new dimension of the restaurant. "The confinement was a real period of introspection and questioning after a year full of emotions, titles and awards in 2019." For many years, Mauro and Julia had been increasing their research into biodynamic agriculture through the Mirazur kitchen gardens. Now, challenged by their quest for new guest experiences, they concentrated solely on their gardens and integrated this work even further into the heart of the Mirazur kitchen.
It seemed like a crazy bet, but as they researched and understood more about the variations of the lunar calendar on biodynamics, a new Mirazur began to take shape. One that had a creative cuisine freed by the rhythm of the stars - a unique and exclusive experience and a true revolution for a three-star restaurant in the Michelin Guide.
MAURO COLAGRECOHis 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 2001, as a newly qualified chef, Colagreco moved to France to learn the fundamentals of French cuisine. He had some incredibly enriching experiences and worked with some of the greatest
names in French gastronomy.
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 his first Michelin star in less than a year.
In 2009, Mirazur became officially one of the best restaurants in the world listed in The 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.
Mirazur went on to gain 4 toques in the 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.
Sustainability, the need to preserve the planet, soil and seas, has always been fundamental to Colagreco’s philosophy. In 2020, Mirazur was the first restaurant in the world to obtain
the ‘Plastic Free Certification’. The same year, The French Michelin Guide awarded Mirazur a new green Michelin star - introduced to recognise sustainable gastronomy and highlight restaurants that are taking responsibility for the conservation and the protection of
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