Fun food news from France: La Bastide de Gordes— a palace hotel perched on a rocky outcropping with endless views over the Provençal countryside— has teamed up with one of the country’s top chefs to launch Clover Gordes. Jean-François Piège is the chef behind the two Michelin-starred Le Grand Restaurant in Paris; he also oversees Clover Green (in the St Germain district), Clover Grill (in the first arrondissement), and La Poule au Pot, a historic bistro that he revived in 2018. Piège is also a TV personality (a long-time judge on Top Chef). Now he’s bringing his culinary concepts to the south of France.
This new eatery is an expansion of the “Clover” brand, which Piège created in 2014 with his wife Elodie. The idea is to fuse the vegetable-focused cuisine of Clover Green with the smoked and barbecued meats found at Clover Grill, all while focusing on terroir-driven ingredients. Signature plates will include wild squid prepared Carbonara style, grilled blue lobster, and pizza soufflée. These signatures will be showcased alongside new, Provençal creations like Mediterranean fish cooked in fig leaves; pressed tomato juice with olive oil and celery ice cream; and health-centric vegetables plucked from the garden and served with a sauce that’s “zero fat.”
Clover Gordes’s dining room was designed by Agence Notoire with a warm, country house ambiance, its terrace taking in the exquisite views surrounding the palace hotel. La Bastide de Gordes is part of a small hotel group called the Airelles Collection, which also includes Les Airelles, a palace hotel in Courchevel. Created in October 2017, the Airelles Collection is owned by LOV Group.