« We are reclaiming the etymological term, we are proud to be épiciers and want to give the profession its good reputation back. »
Etymologically, an épicier (grocer) is someone who deals in spices.
In the past it was used to describe a spice merchant.
In the Middle Ages, the épicier was second in the hierarchy of the Parisian trades. They only sold spices and it was only from the beginning of the 18th century that their sales activity diversified.
Over time these specialists have become general grocers selling poor quality products and today the term "épicier" has become pejorative.
« I am a hunter of tastes,
a sourcer of flavours, an epicurean,
a lover of life and the pleasures of dining,
demanding and generous. »
Since my rural childhood, my life has been a perpetual search for authentic flavours, either while pottering round vegetable gardens, on walks through forests, local markets, at auctions, bakeries, grandmothers' or mothers' kitchens, in master cooks' kitchens or even on trips across the world.
I'm someone who is eager to discover new sensations, scents, textures, flavours, not just to own them, but also to share them.
I like to tell stories about the wonders that surround us and the passion of men and women who give the best of themselves to bring you something exceptional.
My objective: to source the best, the most exclusive, the most authentic and most surprising and then narrate, share, transmit and astonish…
For several months we have been pooling our skills, and we have sought out products of unquestionable quality using the same philosophy - we look for products directly at their production locations, we refuse any chemical treatments both on the plant and the product and any irradiation (hypocritically called ionisation), we ensure that the people working in the plantations work in optimal conditions, we require many selection processes to keep only the most exceptional grains or berries, we refuse any long storage and transport the products without intermediaries, that is to say with maximum traceability.