My food and wine story

I grew up in the lovely region of Alsace in north-east of France. Alsace is not a region like others. Several territory exchanges between France and Germany during WW1 and WW2 led to a strong regional identity. People cherish their land and have a strong sense of respect for their products and their people.

It's the land of stinky Munster cheese and white Riesling wines.

This is how I grew up, surrounded by mindful people and the best farmers products from my parents, gran-parents and local producers.

My best souvenirs are picking fresh eggs from happy and free chicks. And running after them for fun. I loved removing fresh peas from their pods and eating fresh raspberries and tomatoes from the plant. 


I remember my gran-ma Eugénie preparing the best homemade quiche lorraine, tarte à l'oignon, tomato sauce and fresh pastas.

At the age of 16, I had my first love affaire with wine. I can still remember the taste of camembert with this exceptional light bodied red wine.

When I was a student, I was so happy to finally have the chance to eat hamburgers and sandwiches.

In 2001, I moved to the French Riviera to begin to work. I immediately fell in love with all the sun-grown fruits and vegetables like tomatoes "coeur de boeuf", clementines and peaches. This is when I started to cook by myself.

 The most beautiful farmers market in the world: Cours Saleya in Nice, France

The most beautiful farmers market in the world: Cours Saleya in Nice, France

I never stopped since then. 

After 7 years working in a laboratory for clients like L'Oréal and Beiersdorf, I decided I wanted to become a winemaker and professional wine taster, so I did it for 3 years, giving private wine tasting lessons to wine lovers.

In 2013, I followed my passion and took a six months cooking class at the Lycée Hôtelier de Toulouse and got graduated with the official French "CAP Cuisine".

During that time, I've had the privilege to work in a french Brasserie, and a Michelin star restaurant in Toulouse with the chef Jeremy Morin. I also took a loooot of cooking classes in private cooking schools.

Today, I have the immense pleasure to be a modern French cooking & success coach based in the French Riviera. I'm the founder of an online business called Elle & Gourmande.

I'm also what I like to call a "home chef" for my loved ones, passionate about cooking truly healthy and easy French meals that create unforgettable moments.

Tell me, what is YOUR food story?

Write me an email and let me know :)

Much Love,

Virginie xx

Modern French Cuisine & Success Coach for Home-Cooks. Founder of Elle & Gourmande.


Un petit peu plus about me:

I love fresh mint tea with ginger

I love freshly pressed apple juice and orange juice

my favorite comfort food : Croque-Monsieur, Lasagna, Tartiflette and Daube

my favorite French desserts : éclairs à la vanille, madeleines, fondant au chocolat

my favorite american dessert : vanilla layer cake

I LOVE sipping wine while listening to live jazz music

I LOVE aged farmer munster cheese from Alsace, my native region in France

I LOVE a fresh baguette with camembert and ketchup (shhh...)

a freshly baked baguette, oh do I miss that here in L.A.

my favorite radio: K-Jazz in SoCal