A spicy voyage
Saint-Malo has brought many famous travellers to France including pirates, adventurers, sailors and diplomats. Remarkable voyagers who came long before our time, and of whom Olivier Roellinger is a very worthy descendant.
Born in Cancale, where he still lives, the chef at Maisons de Bricourt, Olivier Roellinger harbours an indistinguishable passion for distant horizons, the unknown, and adventure. This is how he explains his passion for spices, which he does not think of as holiday souvenirs, but rather as “treasures from the granite fireplace which allow us to keep on dreaming, and to enchant the simple products of the earth.”
This passion for travel and foreign flavours is what he is offering from his Parisian shop today. A real Aladdin’s cave, which allows us to experience the fruit of thirty years collaboration with producers from all over the world, and to explain to us that the word spice can only be apprehended in the plural. “It is only Europeans who use one spice at a time. In all other countries, they are mixed together in an attempt to obtain a magical harmony.”
As a perfumer, he travels the world, from Mexico to Cambodia, from India to Madagascar, creating new mixtures which he then christens with enchanting names: poudre Serenissima, Curry corsaire, Fleur de brume…“It’s about making cooking more enjoyable, and not just a souvenir from your last holiday, or just something that looks pretty in the cupboard.” His shop, the only in the world with a cellar that houses 14 different types of vanilla, now also offers typical blends from Kerala, in India. Garam masala, masala, and tandoori have been created with the help of Beena Paradin, a chef of Indian origins who’s family has guarded the secret of these mixtures for generations.
Epices Roellinger. 51, rue Sainte-Anne – 75002 Paris. Tel. : 01 42 60 46 88