Starred and Zen

Article from 19-06-2006

Established 5 years ago in the heart of Côte de Beaune vineyards, Laurent Peugeot has just chalked up his first Michelin Guide ‘macaroon.’ Nothing unusual for this indigenous chef settled in Pernand-Vergelesses, who’s long known how to juggle rich flavours and innovation on the piano at his place ‘Le Charlemagne,’ found at the bottom of the slopes below the famous vineyard bearing that name.

Born 32 years ago in Burgundy, Laurent Peugeot started his career there in several restaurant kitchens in Beaune. In 1995, he joined Jacques Lameloise’s team (*** Michelin) in Chagny on the borders of the Côte d’Or and Saône-et-Loire ‘departments’. A ‘distinguished school,’ where he learnt how to combine flavours and met his Japanese wife, who he left with for the Land of the Rising Sun where he was chef at Tokyo’s ‘Cordon Bleu’ from 1997 to 2001. Back to his Burgundian roots in 2001, he opened ‘Charlemagne’ and, close on its heels, the homage to bibendum.

In 2004, the Japanese imprint, already stamped on his first restaurant’s menu, egged him on to open a second, completely Japanese inspired restaurant in Beaune called ‘Shushi Kai.’

Le Charlemagne
Route d’Echevronne
21420 Pernand-Vergelesses. Tel. +33(0)3 80 21 51 45

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