Headchef Armand Arnal
Armand Arnal, 28 years-old, is the headchef at La Chassagnette since 2006. Native to Montpellier, Armand Arnal is impassioned by this magical place et nourishes his inspiration with an almost-carnal relation with the land. Previously, he spent 7 years with Alain Ducasse and played a role in the success of his restaurant in New York notably.
Since he arrived, he modified the menus of La Chassagnette in respect of its spirit : a creating cooking based on organic products. « The vegetable garden is the source of my inspiration », says Armand Arnal. Armand Arnal created an inventive menu to glorify vegetables and herbs from the garden as well as Camarguean agricultural productions and fish from the close Mediterranean sea. He introduced a fresh menu with an energetic, acid and contemporary touch. For those who are not in a hurry, he created news choices, combining more intensive flavours, impassioned and voluptuous tastes inspired by the coasts of the Mediterranean sea. Following the pace of the seasons, Armand Arnal renews his menus respecting the natural rhythms of Camargue. His imagination and strictness have been approved by critics. Thus, François Simon, the frightened gastronomic critic of Figaro, awarded La Chassagnette with an excellent 16/20 for its cooking that combines pleasure and dietetic.