Christian Sinicropi, Executive Chef at Hotel Martinez

Christian Sinicropi has been officiating in the Hotel Martinez kitchens since 2001. Starting as Chef Tournant, Christian Willer very quickly appointed him Chef of the Palme d'Or Restaurant and began to prepare him for the delicate task of taking over his own position, as he eventually did at the end of 2007. Today, Christian Sinicropi is Executive Chef and contributes all of his creativity and enthusiasm to La Palme d'Or (2 Michelin stars – 4 toques in the GaultMillau guide) and all of the Hotel Martinez kitchens...

Shooting for the stars...

Originating from Cannes, Christian Sinicropi trained in local restaurants after obtaining a vocational qualification (CAP) as a chef in 1989. He actually made a first appearance at the Hotel Martinez, working for just a few months as a Commis Chef alongside Christian Willer. In 1991, he joined Sylvain Duparc’s team at the Carlton Hotel’s “La Côte” restaurant (1 star – closed in 1995) as Second Commis Chef.
In 1993, he left for the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, where he joined the team of Jean-Marie Gauthier (awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France accolade) as First Commis Chef.
Back in Cannes two years later, he held the Chef de Partie position at "La Belle Otero" (2 stars – closed in 1998). In 1997, his quest for experience in the great star-rated restaurants led him to Strasbourg where he worked as Chef de Partie alongside Antoine Westermann at the 3-starred "Le Buerehiesel", and a year later he became Fish Chef in Alain Ducasse's 3-star "Le Louis XV" restaurant in Monaco...

Christian Sinicropi dishes up his own kind of cinematic feast...

Working in close collaboration with Michèle Villemur, Author and Journalist, and Jérôme Kelagopian, Photographer, Christian Sinicropi created a book entitled "Petits Plats Grand Ecran". Published by Ramsay in April 2007, the book features 60 recipes dedicated to cinema. The appetite-teasing presentation of these masterpieces of cinematographic art was achieved in complicity with Glag, the ceramic artist who designed the La Palme d’Or crockery at the beginning of “Sinicropi adventure” in 2007, guided by Christian Sinicropi’s drawings… And so "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain" (Amelie) can be savoured as foie gras confit topped with gingerbread, "E.T." is a strange and subtle combination of lamb and smoked eel, sweet pepper and aubergine caponata, and "Charlie et la Chocolaterie" (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) awakens childhood memories with brioche French toast with aniseed and basil chocolate...

His cuisine, an artistic concept…

After discovering the secret of the ceramic world Christian Sinicropi has started with his wife Catherine at his side to create the original plates which will be dedicated to his culinary creations. Christian and Catherine have both followed a year course in the famous “Beaux Arts” (Fine Art School of Ceramics) in Vallauris, well-known city which inspires Picasso for his own ceramic work. In May 2010, they have finally launched their first spring/summer collection.

During the Cannes Film Festival, for the annual and exclusive Dinner of the Jury held at the hotel’s two star Michelin restaurant "La Palme d'Or", Christian creates every year a menu dedicated to the film making carreer of the President. Each dish is served in a specially created ceramic sample with the theme of a movie.  “L’Arbre et Rêverie” and “La Danse du haut de Forme” have been created for Tim Burton in 2010 with reference to the movie “Alice in Wonderland". In 2011, "Taxi Driver" and "Casino" were served to Robert De Niro; in 2012, “Habemus Papam” was dedicated to Nanni Moretti…

Today in his artistic quest with amazing encounters of life, he puts the emphasis on the ingredients and plays with their flavors for a perfect combination with the ceramic supports. One of his latest being “La Dolly à Table” created with Patrick Moya, the renowned contemporary artist…

Cinema, literature, philosophy, Christian Sinicropi is passionate about art in general and enjoys sculpting and painting... His artistic work has been acknowledged by art critics and he has exhibited in several leading galleries…