CHEF VIRGINIE BASSELOT’S culinary creations extend beyond the actual food all the way to the flatware. Since joining La Réserve Genève Hotel and Spa as executive chef in October 2016, Basselot premiered a new menu and presentation at Le Loti, the hotel’s seasonal French restaurant. Reflective of Normandy, where Basselot was raised by parents in the restaurant industry, the menu features classic seafood dishes with a twist. She also oversees the hotel’s four other culinary outlets.
Her signature fresh cod in lemon balm butter, reminiscent of her grandmother’s cooking, served on a bed of pearl tapioca, arrives on a plate designed by Basselot featuring stylized, embossed orchids on fine china boasting alternating shiny and velvety matte effects that highlight the colors and presentation of the dish. All of the presentation pieces at Le Loti, from the crockery to the candleholders, were revamped to match the new menu.
Cooking is in Basselot’s blood — she began working in kitchens at 15 years old. Her career led to a Michelin star in 2014 and the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2015. Basselot is only the second female to earn the MOF title, France’s highest recognition, since its inception in 1924.
With a passion for authenticity and regional producers, Basselot also delights guests with local specialties, including Volaille Nant d’Avril: roast chicken with cocoa nibs, Jerusalem artichokes and coffee gravy.
WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR COOKING/MENUS?
Asia has been a real source of inspiration for me. The methods and the working tools they use there are so different.
WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO?
My culinary hero is Eugénie Brazier, known as La Mère Brazier, who opened her eponymous restaurant in Lyon in 1921 and was the first female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars.
WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE, AND HOW?
That would be Chef Éric Fréchon, during the nine years I worked with him.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY?
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE?
The next trend will focus on traditional cuisine that best represents a particular region or country.
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