Maxime Gilbert grew up in France. For as long as he can remember, Maxime has aspired to be a chef. Following stages at restaurants in France and Scotland, including the chef Gregory Coutanceau in La Rochelle, he began his career at the Sofitel Philadelphia in the USA, before joining the team at the Meurice Paris, over the course of five years he worked his way up from commis chef to sous chef, and it was here that he encountered his mentor, Yannick Alleno, for the first time on a collaboration.
In May 2009, following a stint at La Reserve de Beaulieu on France’s Cote d’Azur, Maxime went to work with Alleno at La Grande Francaise by Yannick Alleno at the Hotel Royal Mansour in Marrakesh, Morocco. Alleno obviously saw talent in Maxime, as he entrusted him to help open STAY by Yannick Alleno at the Shangri-La Beijing in 2011.
Understanding the evolution of the seasons and the importance of establishing his own unique identity as a chef launches him into a new experience as a leader
From 2013 until he started work on Écriture in September 2016, Maxime was Chef de Cuisine at Two Michelin-starred Amber restaurant at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. From his experience and mentorship with Alleno, Maxime has come to understand the evolution of the seasons and the importance of establishing his own unique identity as a chef. His vision of French cuisine comes to life at Écriture, where traditional techniques are integrated with exceptional ingredients from France and Japan, to evince simplicity, elegance and a natural sophistication that plays with power and lightness. Served within a setting that befits the beautifully composed and visually appealing nature of each dish, Maxime’s food is carefully conceived to bring happiness and enjoyment to every diner.
French cuisine to new heights by uniting it with exceptional Japanese produce
At Écriture, Executive Chef Maxime Gilbert elevates French cuisine to new heights by uniting it with exceptional Japanese produce to explore the endless possibilities that occur when Western craftsmanship meets Eastern philosophies.
Located atop H Queen’s in Central, the minimalistic interior mimics an artist’s blank canvas, blending soft organic wallpaper with a symmetrical copper ceiling while the floor to ceiling windows frame panoramic views of Central from The Peak to Victoria Harbour.
Écriture whisks diners away on a voyage of sensory and gastronomic discovery and welcome discerning diners with an experience to remember.
Instagram: @mximeagilbert @ecriturehk
Restaurant web site: https://ecriture.squarespace.com/
Restaurant address: 26/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong