Obliged to close during confinement, some restaurateurs opted for take-out delivery when others launched into the home kitchen. This is the case of David Gallienne, one star chef based in Giverny, in Normandy - and also semi-finalist of the show "Top Chef". 


The Prime Minister has announced that restaurants will be able to reopen on Tuesday. In Île-de-France, only the terraces of cafes and restaurants will be authorized to receive customers again while in the rest of France, placed in the green zone on the epidemiological map, all establishments can all reopen completely. But some chefs did not wait for this second phase of deconfinement to put their hat back on. This is the case with David Gallienne, whose hotel restaurant Le Jardin des plumes, located in Giverny, in Normandy, has one star.

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The cook not only opened a food truck and decided to offer take-out meals, but also went to his customers' homes. Inside a box placed on a small work surface, are all the preparations to create a menu signed David Gallienne, at home. It only remains to dress and refine some cooking. "Finally, if the stove plays the game," said the chef. 

"Preserve some jobs"

"You will be able to start tasting with this little cucumber gazpacho from our market gardener in Amiens," says David Gallienne. These meals at home are essential for the survival of his restaurant: they allow not to lose money. "Economically, they do not replace restaurant activity but also preserve a few jobs," explains the chef, also a candidate for the semi-finalist on the show Top chef . "We had to find solutions and this is one of them." 


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In the dining room, Constance and Xavier have just finished their revisited strawberry pie. They wanted to mark the occasion for their thirty years of common life. "We had a great time from start to finish," says Constance. His companion is also conquered. "We stayed at home but despite everything, it remains very high level plates," he said. 

An expected opening

If this service is like a reopening in preview of the restaurant, for David Gallienne, this is not enough. "I'm rather excited to reopen. The sanitary measures that are going to be implemented do not scare me. We are ready and impatient," he admits. For the chef, it is therefore a final rehearsal before next week.