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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 01 Mar 2008
MEET PATRICE DUMONT.

After being a Chef in a 2 Star Michelin Restaurant in Paris for 6 years, a further 6 years of experience in 5 Star Hotels in Mauritius, and 2 years of Thai and Japanese cooking, Patrice Dumont has recently launch his very own company Dumont Catering. And to illustrate how much this Chef has more than one trick under his hat, Patrice held his own art exhibition at the Pan Pacific in Thailand last year.


The man behind the chef
Patrice met his lovely wife Murielle 8 years ago in Singapore. They have three gorgeous kids, two daughters and a 1 year old son. Patrice himself grew up in Metz in France with his two brothers and one sister.


After completing his studies in a catering school, he began his career as a pastry chef in Luxembourg, following which he worked for 7 years as a chef in a 2 stars Michelin restaurant in both Paris and Lyon.


Patrice funnily recalls how “For years my brother and I used to help our mother while she was cooking for the many family gatherings… doing a little bit of preparation and dish washing. Then we went to a catering school. From then on, we were doing all the cooking and our mother only the dish washing….” He recognizes that he was lucky to have a mother who was a great cook. Most days he would come home and it would be smelling divine, in retrospect he now understands where the few extra kilos originate from.


Working as a Chef in 2- Michelin Stars French Restaurant

When probed on his working experience as a chef for a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, Patrice has several points to make. Paris is undoubtedly a great city when working for that category of restaurant. He enjoyed the ease with which he could meet with colleagues and discuss the latest trend. Furthermore, many events were regularly being organized within the catering community. There was also no dearth of ingredients but rather an extensive selection of ingredients including exclusive products for one to chose from and be the very first to offer to customers. The natural curiosity of customers was a great source of motivation and pleasure for him and it also allowed him to be very creative.


Patrice considers Mr Seguin, a Chef he trained under to have had the most significant influence on him: ”He was one on the first chef doing a sale-sucre style. He taught me many traditional skills, often put aside by some chefs today; he shared his know-how unreservedly and I believe in his motto to always deliver what you have promised, to be the key in our business.”


Whilst in Paris, Patrice has had the opportunity to cook for some very famous French singers and actors. Even in Mauritius he has concocted dishes for some top VIPs both foreigners and Mauritians. He recalls cooking for the nephew of Giscard D’Estaings (former French president) who has even bought one of his paintings.

Back to Mauritius
As compared to Europe, the staff numbers here is comprehensive, this however allows one to go further. A lot of emphasis is placed on training as well since the gastronomic culture here is different, but at the end of the day, Patrice believes that “Mauritians are very motivated and willing to learn. The level of service is of high quality, there is a large variety of food on offer. People are friendly with elegant, professional manners, coupled with positive attitude and ease of communication.”


Always one to rise up to new challenges and explore new avenues, Patrice has recently launched his very own company - Dumont Catering. His objective is to be recognized as the first choice for outside catering. With the help of a professional and dedicated team of experienced chefs and ‘maitres d’hotels,’ Dumont Catering caters for sit down dinners, lunches, cocktails, weddings, finger buffets, parties and anything in-between. A wide selection of products is available. Based in Floreal, they cater to the whole island a choice of food ranging from French, Mauritian, Classic or Fusion to Thai or Japanese.


After living in many countries such as Luxembourg, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Belgium, and of course France, Patrice and his family are happy to be back here in Mauritius, as he concludes that “ we have always had the feeling that our home is here”. According to Patrice the advantages of settling here are numerous : “the pace of life is quieter, the quality of air better, the people are kind and authentic, generally there is less stress, and everywhere is easily accessible.”


Finally Patrice is just content to be able to savor all the pleasures of life, even and more importantly, the simplest ones, like being at home soaking in happiness in the company of happy children.
Dumont Catering, Gibson Road, Floreal,
Telephone : 499 444/ 499 0440

. (http://patricedumont.blogspot.com)

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