When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, and restaurants around the world were forced to shutter, not even Mirazur, the world's number one restaurant, was immune to its impact. But for Julia Colagreco, restaurant director of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Menton, in the South of France, the reopening enforced a rethink for herself and her husband, chef Mauro Colagreco.
"We wanted to just take things back to where we were and do as nothing had happened. But we realised it just wasn’t possible. We said we cannot just let it pass by, we need to take it, reflect and see how we can help and make something new from it."
As the so-called 'new normal' begins to evolve, she shares her thoughts on how the pair managed to embrace change by tapping into their unique biosphere while prompting bigger questions about how we approach consumption globally.
For Colagreco, lockdown was all about nature. Her eight weeks were mainly spent with her husband and son, immersed in Mirazur's vast gardens filled with dozens of types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and citrus trees. As they slowed down and got closer to nature, they saw how they grew and worked, and took the time to really appreciate what was around them. "Usually we don’t even see the incredible sea view we have here," she jokes, a point made even more ironic, given that 'mirazur' roughly translates as 'look at the blue.'