Fanny Rey and Jonathan Wahid are celebrating ten years at their Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel, Auberge de Saint-Rémy this year.

The couple met 19 years ago when they were working at the Ritz, she as a chef, he as a pastry chef. After eight years there, during which time their first child Enzo was born and Wahid was crowned French Dessert Champion, they left for a fresh challenge at Oustau de Baumanière in Provence as chef de partie and pastry chef.

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But the desire for their own place grew and in 2012, the couple fell in love with a 15th-century inn, then known as the Auberge de la Reine Jeanne, in the heart of the village of Saint-Rémy-de- Provence.

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The building was in need of TLC but every winter since, in low season, the couple renovate and restore, while respecting its heritage. The Auberge is a former coaching inn, where travellers on the road to Nîmes would have eaten, rested and changed their horses. Today the ten-bedroom house is contemporary and elegant, but retains the spirit of yesteryear. In 2017, all the hard work paid ofl and L’Auberge was awarded a Michelin star.

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