Deeply-committed chef-fisherman

Christopher Coutanceau

 

A fishing and submarine hunting enthusiast, he spends his free time on the ocean and knows every hidden nook and cove of this Breton strait by heart. Every morning at the fish auction, this “chef-fisherman” carefully selects only the finest produce from local, artisanal fishing : seafood, shellfish and line-caught fish and places his highest priority on strictly respecting the sea’s seasons by excluding threatened species and those in their breeding period from his menu. Cuisine… from-the-ocean-to-the-table.

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Sailing his rigid inflatable boat as often as he can, the Chef has always adopted respectful fishing practices. Through his professional and angler practices, he is deeply committed today in raising awareness on the conservation of the ocean and its marine life and fostering small-scale fishing. He collaborates with several associations, such as "Ré Nature Environnement".

Along with the Bloom association, he actively raised his voice to ban from Europe devastating industrial practices such as  electric pulse fishing and deep-sea trawling. He was awarded the "Prize of Sustainable Gastronomy" in 2019, a first in the Michelin guide history.

 

 

“The ocean’s thrilling and fascinating, it’s my passion. It’s my life!”

 

“In a way, it has forged me and it is part of my daily life. I just love exploring every nook and cranny, learning about the different species of fish, shellfish and coral that exist here in my region. It’s also vital for me to advocate sustainable fishing and to be committed to protecting the oceans and marine life.That makes me feel alive…. Here my mind switches off. This ever-so relaxing, ever-so deep blue and this incredible nature just make me feel alive and happy. 

My grandfather, André Coutanceau, taught me everything. This man who I loved and admired passed his passion for fishing and observing the sea on to me. When we’d come home from fishing, my grandmother Guiguitte would cook our catch of the day like a great chef: fish, seafood and shellfish. Actually, I’d award her 3 stars! And that's why I wanted to become a great chef and a real fisherman. It’s because of my past, my family and all the love they showered on me. In my daily life, the sea and fishing inspire great respect in me for natural resources, these raw materials which make this magical place a priceless treasure. I enjoy leaving early in the morning, exploring the seabed, fishing “by the book” as we say, and catching just what is needed for so that these sea delicacies can be tasted and shared. It’s is an incredible source of expression into which I delve daily to offer only the best through my cuisine. In turn I love passing on this culture to my team and especially to our guests, who have gifted me with the luxury to live my two passions : cooking and fishing.”

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