Serge Vieira won the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in 2011. For this year’s festival, he has returned as one of our judges.
- Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chaudes-Aigues, France
- Winner of the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau 2011
- Bocuse d’Or in 2005
What is your principal trait of character?
What is your greatest quality?
Enthusiastic and perfectionist.
What are the qualities you look for most in other people?
Forthrightness and simplicity.
What is your biggest weakness?
What is your favourite tipple?
What is your favourite dish – and your least favourite?
I don’t like raw oysters, I think because of their texture. Otherwise, I like everything and particularly enjoy discovering new produce.
What has been your best experience professionally?
The Bocuse d’Or.
Who are the most important people to you in your professional life?
My wife and my team.
What, for you, is happiness?
My children and my wife. Enjoying moments with my friends.
What is your most important personal possession?
I’m not materialistic so I would be inclined to say my passport, because you need it to travel.
With what talent would you like to have been gifted?
I don’t really know. Perhaps to be able to play a musical instrument.
If you had not done this profession, what else would you have liked to do professionally?
Industrial designer because I like designing, building and creating. They are also things I do every day as a chef.
What do you think best translates the wish to pass things on?
It’s very important in our profession. You have to imbue youngsters with a desire for the profession.
How do you get away from it all?
Travelling to the far ends of the earth. I love travelling.
What inspiration do you get from Mauritius?
The change of scenery of course but above all the super welcome, the kindness of Mauritians and also discovering local produce like the herbs and spices.
What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?
What’s the best compliment someone can pay you?
I’m not really very comfortable with compliments.
Which type of cuisine is currently the best in the world in your opinion?
There is no best cuisine. I enjoy a mix of cultures and produce, and so of styles of cuisine.