Monte Carlo is the embodiment of glamour and luxury. The small country of Monaco is one of the prime travel destinations along the famous French Riviera with its capital city surrounded by five-star hotels with megayachts docked at bay and the glitzy Grand Casino Royale at the center of it all. A-list celebrities and even royals have been known to vacation there as they enjoy the scenic views. It is also the home of a famous Michelin star chef who happens to run the kitchen behind one of the most popular restaurants in Monte Carlo.
Caribbean-born Marcel Ravin is known from his decadent culinary creations. After leaving his native island of Martinique and moving to Europe to study the art of cooking, Ravin has made his way into popular, luxurious restaurants with his masterful cooking inspired by his Creole roots. “I brought with me the memory of dishes from my native land: spices, produce, and remarkable recipes,” said Ravin in an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE. “This baggage, which I love to call my “mind palate,” guided me on my path and shaped my identity, becoming the basis of my culinary identity.”
This Michelin star chef’s culinary talents eventually got him the opportunity to lead the Blue Bay Restaurant at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort overlooking the water. He says his experience living in the famous city as a black man has been peaceful, usually receiving warm receptions from residents. “When I arrived in Monaco, I’ve been very well welcomed,” he explained. “I didn’t feel any difference regarding the color of people or culture. I will always remember the sentence of the SAS Prince Albert of Monaco—thanks for being there and I hope you will stay a long time among us!”
In addition to leading the Blue Bay, Ravin collaborated with Air France Airlines to create new signature dishes for business class and premium economy.