Since the introduction of personal prevention practices across France, restaurants have welcomed customers with masks and hand sanitiser before showing them to the table. But Mauro Colagrecodoesn't do things like everyone else.
The three-Michelin-star chef from Mirazur has joined forces with the Meilleur Ouvrier de France ceramist, Stéphane Montalto, to create large bowls in ivory and turquoise colours, filled with alcoholic water and flowers from the garden.
Customers just need to dip their fingers in to disinfect. “People love it. With the exception of one table that told us it was no use, everyone likes the idea,” the Argentinian chef told Nice Matin. “We found beauty in what is inelegant (...) But washing your hands is not something horrible, it's a strong symbol in ancient cultures."
Mauro Colagreco wanted beautiful receptacles that were up to the task and entrusted the project to Stéphane Montalto: "At the beginning I thought of a basin, but I liked the idea of individual bowls," he told the newspaper.
Behind these bowls, there's a story: "The idea was to show the agitation of the sea, the foam. I wanted spirals for the movement of the water, and the outside to evoke the waves," explained the artist.