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Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

  • Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88, Lisbon 1099-039, Portugal
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Pascal Meynard

Executive Chef
“I’m a fan of everything related to the ocean, from fish and seafood to body boarding and kayaking.”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 1991
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Chef Garde Manger (pantry chef), Le Quatre Saisons Montréal (formerly a Four Seasons hotel)

Employment History

  • Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva; Le Quatre Saisons Montréal; opened his own establishment in Canmore, Canada; consulted on the opening of a restaurant in Hobart, Tasmania; held positions at a number of leading French restaurants, including one-Michelin-star Ithurria, Basque, one-Micehlin-star Le Pré Catelan, Paris, and Pavillion Royale, Paris

Birthplace

  • Amiens, France

Education

  • Completed professional courses at numerous international institutions, including The Culinary Institute Of America and Alain Ducasse’s School, Paris; Professional certificate in French and Classical Cuisine, Ecole Hôtelière de Soissons, France

Languages Spoken

  • French, English and Portuguese

Pascal Meynard, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, is a bit of a thrill-seeker. Of dual French and Canadian citizenship, he grew up surfing and kayaking in the beautiful Basque region of France and returns there every summer to experiment with the latest water-based activities. “I’m into whitewater rafting and surf-kayaking at the moment,” he says (the latter activity being where a kayak is used to perform the same moves that one would perform on a surfboard). “It’s a huge adrenalin rush.”

Meynard loves all manner of outdoor activities. “They always lead to new challenges,” he says. And if they can be enjoyed with family and friends, so much the better. He particularly enjoys taking his daughters, Oyana and Shan, out in the kayak and going deep-sea fishing with his father-in-law: “Even if we come home empty-handed, it’s impossible to be grumpy after a day out together on the boat.”

Meynard’s adventurous spirit and love of the great outdoors has impacted hugely on his career. Forever in search of new techniques, products and innovations he can put to good use in his kitchen, his dream is “to travel the world at leisure, embracing new cultures, cooking techniques, dishes and ingredients.”

He has already made something of a head start, having acted as consultant for the opening of a specialty seafood restaurant in Hobart on the wild and rugged island of Tasmania. For his first independent venture, he drove for five days into the deep wilderness of the Canadian Rockies – a place inhabited by black bears, coyotes and cougars – eventually buying a restaurant facing the mountains in the little town of Canmore.

“It was such a remote, hidden place, but the products there were exceptional,” explains Meynard. As were the activities. “In winter there was downhill and alpine skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding, and in the summertime and fall, rock climbing, horse riding and trekking.”

When back in France, Meynard enjoys watching the traditional Basque sport of “cesta punta” (a game similar to squash, played with racquets against a wall). He also loves eating the local Basque cake. For other great food, he heads across the border to San Sebastian for “the best tapas in Spain”: “Visits to this region always inspire me. The food is so simple, colourful and tasty – exactly as great food should be.”