His restaurant, Hostellerie/Restaurant Natali, is owned and operated by him and his wife, Hélène, in the Haut Marne region of France.
Before opening his own restaurant, he spent 11 years traveling and working with celebrated chefs like Christian Willer, La Palme d’Or, Hotel Martinez, Cannes; Daniel Boulud, New York; Hotel La Namounia Marakech; and The Connaught Hotel, London.
He returned to France in 2001 to help his father. A year later, he was awarded his first Michelin star, which he has retained every year since, along with the title, Young European Talent.
In 2005, Jean-Baptiste invested in a country house in Colombey Les Deux Egilses, a village where former French president, General Charles DeGaulle, like to retire from his public life. The renovated property now showcases his talent, offering eight elegant rooms opening onto an orchard and surrounding forests. Other well known guests include French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
It all starts on Monday, April 23, when Jean-Baptists and his wife will play host to a dinner at the resort’s Communal Table at the resort’s exclusive Hilltop Reserve restaurant, with its infinity pool and superb views of Phang Nga Bay. During dinner, guests will have a rare chance to dine with Jean-Baptiste and discuss his food, career and passion. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. with a sunset welcome drink. Cost is 2,500 BHT per person.
On Tuesday, April 24, you’ll have an opportunity to join Jean-Baptiste for a cooking class and learn one-on-one his tricks and secrets of his Micheline-starred cuisine. The class is limited to eight people and starts at noon in the spa’s Cooking School. Cost – 2,500 BHT per person.
And on Wednesday, April 25, head for The Dining Room for a four-course dinner with paired wines that will showcase a collection of Jean-Baptiste’s best cuisine. It starts at 7 with welcome sparkling drink above The Dining Room. Cost – 3,500 BHT per person.