Mick Élysée is a passionate Congolese-French chef. His love for the culinary art started when he was just a little boy. He was always sneaking in the kitchen to steal food in his mother’s pan while she was busy setting the table for dinner. Family and friends enjoyed her meals so much you could see the joy on their face. It was so delicious that he decided to learn how to create such tasteful dishes.
At 14, he arrived in France, an opportunity for him to educate himself about his passion: cuisine. After graduating from one of the most prestigious culinary schools, he began his classical training as a commis under some very French famous chefs (e.g. Michel Toulousi). At 22, Mick opened his first restaurant “La Gascogne” in Toulouse.
Four years, later he was travelling the world, working in several countries (Japan, Italy, Congo, Canada, etc.) to improve his skills and knowledge but mostly develop his creativity and curiosity experimenting new tastes and ways of cooking.
It’s been now 10 years that he is based in London. He first worked in famous restaurants: 5 stars Haymarket Hotel, Charlotte street Hotel and private member clubs. But something was missing. His roots were calling.
Therefore, today, he is honouring his culture by bringing a new image to the African food through his very own creative concept, “Afro-fusion”: A mix of African tastes with the rest of the world. His cuisine is colourful, tasty with a strong cachet.