Stéphane was born May 17, 1956 in Cholet, Maine and Loire, he is the eldest of three boys with an atavistic appreciation for cuisine and ﬁne terroir produce. Every Sunday, the whole family would sit at their grandparents‘ table for endless meals. He can still remember the smell of home-made baratte butter that ﬂutters around the house, through the corridors… making everyone’s mouth water.
Despite the clearly gastronomical family context, young Stéphane turns to a traditional scientiﬁc education before opting for the Paris Catering School, Jean Drouant. In 1974, he obtains a self-taught cooking C.A.P. degree teamed with a B.T.H. degree in hotel technology in 1975. In 1977, he graduates with a B.P. (Professional Degree). Stéphane didn’t ﬁnd his calling. lt found him. <
Dynamic as any sportsman, business man and family man, he always pushes his endeavors to the limit.
Antoine was born in La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, April 7, 1958, Antoine quickly opts for a C.A.P. degree in cooking with a three-year apprenticeship. Back in the day, you had to see every aspect of the job. After an entire year as bus boy, cleaning up dishes, scrubbing pots and pans, he makes it to the starters’ base, then the main courses’… Tough schooling but oh how enlightening!
In 1975, with his diploma in hand, he joins his brother Stéphane in Paris and spends a year at <
On occasion the opening of a Peltier boutique in Osaka, he grew very fond of its culture. And Stéphane, who had been living there for some time, persuaded him to stay. Eventually, he was hired by the luxurious Hotel Okura in Tokyo, managing its entire pastry laboratory. The experience came to an end in 1991, with the opening of L’0asis and an understandable urge to rally up with his two brothers.
Francois Raimbault is the artist in the family : a craftsman with a gift for drawing, painting sugar all over your desserts, with soul, precision and love of his work. He has come to be a true leader in his team, with sportsmanship and dedication… an out-of-the-ordinary Pastry Chef and alchemist!