The Peak April 2006
Chef's Talk

Gérald Genson is the new chef at Emelie. He is new to Indonesia, so his first adventure is to source top-notch products for his restaurant, a difficult task after his native France, where everything is so readily available.

Even in his short time in Jakarta, his Gallic sensibilities have been offended somewhat by so-called ‘French-ness'. “I see a lot of restaurants around with names like Foie Gras, but you go there and there is never any foie gras; the menus are usually Chinese and Japanese fusion. The overriding philoshophy I want at Emilie is classic French”, he emphasises.

Genson was apprenticed in a small restaurant in his native Nice of French Riviera. He then worked in hotels and restaurants in Paris and also with the famous Hotel Negresco in Nice. He later worked for a year at a resort hotel in Mexico.

Off-duty, though, he does profess a liking for Chinesse food and, after his stint in Cancun, for some Mexican dishes ---“authentic though, not the Tex-Mex that most prevalent outside the country.”

His favourite restaurant is Alain Ducasse in Monaco because of its brilliant but light Mediterranean food. (Ducasse, of course, is accepted as one of the masters of modern French cooking all around the world). For bouillabaisse, he goes to several favourite haunts along the waterfront at the port in Marseilles.

And a special place is L'Univers in Nice, presided over by another renowned chef by the name of Christian Plumaël ---Genson likes the way the fantastic fresh produce are cleverly mixed and matched. The young Frenchman is a keen skier, so another gem he loves is called Chabichou, a two-star gastro temple in the alpine resort of Courcheval.

Emilie French Restaurant
Jl. Senopati No. 39, Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
+62 21 521 3626