Founding Partner and Executive Chef
With over 30 years’ experience, Martin’s enthusiasm for great food is stronger than ever. His expertise and the ability to take everything in his stride were fine-tuned in the kitchens of The Savoy, The Hilton Park Lane and Gleneagles – top hotels with world-class reputations.
Martin has catered for glittering occasions attended by The Queen, Nelson Mandela, The French Ambassador and Tony Blair when he was Prime Minister.
He knows how to create the “wow factor” when it’s called for, but his real skill is in understanding what you want and preparing food that is just right for your occasion whether it be catering in a marquee, a party at home or at a wedding venue.
Asked what he enjoys most about his role at Chez Vous, Martin says:
"What I hate is going to a restaurant and being faced with a menu on which nothing grabs my fancy, I want people to be stuck for choice when they come here; as much as I love food and cooking, my passion really lies in giving the customer what they want."
Founding Partner and executive Chef
Laurent started his professional career as an apprentice under mentor MOF Jean Claude Pastoureau in La Baule, France. This led to him successfully finishing as ‘best apprentice Ouest of France’.
After a year cooking for Michelin star chef Yves Chopelin in Monchengladbach, Germany, Laurent performed his military service in the French Navy, where surprisingly the standard of the cuisine had to be really high providing meals for twelve commanders and the Admiral De Gaulle. On return to his beloved Pornic, Laurent seconded Yves Vetelle in Le Gilles de Retz.
Laurent then embarked upon his impressively long career as Head Chef and Director of the renowned French restaurant La Barbe, in Reigate. There Laurent always kept abreast on the latest culinary trends and regularly attended events such as the MOGB, Les Lauriers D’OR and many more.
Laurent is a bit of a show man and loves to share his passion for food by regularly getting involved with the local community in school cooking competitions and cookery demonstrations at various local venues.
"From the age of 15 my passion for cooking started and has never stopped. Discovering and cooking new products for my customers is a thrill and I also sincerely believe that traditional dishes should be kept alive and be passed on to future generations."