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From the Eiffel Tower, the Michelin-starred chef offers climate-friendly cuisine

PARIS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – A chic restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower may not be the obvious setting for environmental activism, but Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx wants to make it a showcase for eco-friendly cooking. climate.

Offering seasonal and local ingredients, cooked with minimal energy consumption, its restaurant “Madame Brasserie” offers diners a spectacular view of Paris and a glimpse of how the restaurant industry can dress a greener table. .

Putting the finishing touches on a leek entrée as his team prepares for evening service, Marx said his menu is designed to minimize the restaurant’s carbon footprint.

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“These leeks, in season now, were grown less than 50 km from here. We cook them in their own juices and season them with herb shoots grown in an organic garden on the Paris ring road and delivered by bicycle” , he explains. said.

“It’s simple, has a limited carbon impact, it’s easy to eat and economical – we do our job with minimal environmental impact,” he added.

Marx – who won his first Michelin star in 1998, runs several restaurants and is a national celebrity due to his appearance on TV cooking shows – said that since opening in June the entire restaurant has been designed to save money. water and energy.

Twenty years ago, a restaurant like this would have been scorching hot before evening service, with all the hobs and ovens on, he said.

Now his team cooks on induction cookers with copper pans, which only heat the pan itself without heating up the whole kitchen.

“We are in the midst of an energy crisis and an environmental crisis, we cannot assume that this does not concern us because we run a restaurant. The awareness of all this sometimes came a little late in this profession, but today it there are very few restaurant or hotel owners who don’t want to make this transition,” he said.

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Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Yiming Woo, writing by Geert De Clercq, editing by Andrew Heavens

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