THE TEAM OF FRANÇOIS CHARTIER CRÉATEUR D’HARMONIES
Partner “Chartier créateur d’harmonies” and Sommelier
After having worked in all areas of the restaurant business, from sommelier to director/manager for 20 years in France, the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain, I can say that most of my experience was acquired in the luxury hotel business (5 stars). This includes restaurant and wine service, cellar management and staff training.
Another step in my career has taken shape since I became the associate of the “Créateur d’harmonies” François Chartier (who is also my husband). This Canadian, who won the prize for the best sommelier in the world at the Sopexa Grand Prix in Paris in 1994 and the prize for the best innovative cookbook in the world twice with Papilles et molécules (Taste Buds and Molecules) and L’Essentiel de Chartier is also the creator, since 2004, of the aromatic science of “molecular harmonies”.
Since 2017 we have been developing together many types of aromatic projects that promote François’ formidable new aromatic science all over the world. Namely, we are working in Japan with one of the oldest sake breweries, Tanaka 1789, where we have been involved since 2018 as “master blenders” of the new Tanaka 1789 X Chartier line of sakes. We are also consultants in Tokyo for the new SONY AI & Gastronomy project. In Spain, we work in partnership with the D.O. Cava and with the great wine producer Alvaro Palacios.
I have a vast experience in the winegrowing-winemaking sector (my first passion) that goes beyond sommelier work, with a WSET level 3 in wines and spirits, and a perfect mastery of the science of François’ molecular harmonies. In addition, I am fluent in four languages (French, English, Spanish and Catalan).
Collaborator in the development of Aromatic Projects/Sommelier
I entered the world of gastronomy via École hôtelière of Dinard, in Brittany (2009).
I then consolidated my knowledge in the world of restaurants and sommellerie by working, in various French establishments, including Philippe Faure Brac’s Bistro du sommelier in Paris (Best Sommelier in the World 1992) and at the Table des frères Ibarboure in Bidart. I have also worked in various international establishments, including the Copthorne Hotel (4 stars) in Qingdao, China, and the Guarda Golf Hotel (5 stars) in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
Back in France in 2014, I took over the management of the oldest Parisian restaurant, the iconic Lapérouse. A historic house dating back to 1777, with three reception rooms, a dining room and private lounges. Wishing to perfect my gastronomic, wine and linguistic experience, I later chose to move to Barcelona, where I was hired at the Monvinic wine bar, a world-renowned reference.
Later, in 2017, I took over the management of the sommelier’s office of the Hotel Sofia (5 stars), in Barcelona. There, I had the chance to meet François Chartier to share the Caja aromática (aromatic box) project (lien web vres texte Caisse aromatique). Later, this collaboration was extended to various aromatic research projects that brought us together in Tokyo, Montreal, Austin, Brussels, Macau, Paris…
At the end of 2019, this collaboration grew more and more and led me to join the team of François Chartier and Isabelle Moren on a full-time basis. The last few months working at their side have allowed me to travel on several continents for various conferences and special events, while increasing my knowledge base. More specifically, we have worked closely together on the production of Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sake in Miyagi, Japan (where I am fortunate enough to be Chartier’s right-hand man in the elaboration and blending of Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sake). We are brainstorming together for the Sony AI & Gastronomy project, for which Chartier is a member of the research committee in Tokyo. We have carried out molecular analysis for the D.O Cava and for the wines of the great wine producer Alvaro Palacios. We have created menus and original dishes for various Chartier projects; we have analyzed the chocolates of Cacao Barry, a company for which Chartier is an aroma consultant. I was thus able to acquire a perfect mastery of the science of molecular harmonies from François Chartier.
I am fluent in four languages (French, English, Spanish, Catalan) and I am learning the basics of Japanese. I am always looking for creativity and new knowledge.
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GUILLAUME CATUSSE (PADAM)
Director Web Development, Social Media and Marketing
I started my career in 2007 in Toulouse, France, at X-Prime (now Mirum), one of the largest digital agencies in France, as Traffic Manager and SEO Manager. I was assigned to the agency’s new media division and was able to work on major international accounts such as Orange, Pierre Fabre and Les Aéroports de Paris.
Since social networks were created during the same period, I naturally turned my interests towards them, adding a new arrow to my quiver.
In 2008, I moved to Montreal, Canada, where I worked at Espresso communication (Air France/KLM, Lallemand, Atout France USA) as a web strategist.
In 2012, I founded PADAM, a strategic firm that brings together a multidisciplinary team which carefully takes care of its relationships with clients, even adding to and growing with in-house teams. I distinguish myself through my cutting-edge expertise in SEO, social media strategy, website design, Google and Facebook advertising and other essentials that ensure a strong presence in the web universe. In 2013, I obtained the highly prized Google Partner certification.
Several great names have trusted me since the creation of PADAM, including Novartis, Wanted Design New York, forceMAJEURE, the Government of Quebec, and the National Gallery of Canada.
I was also Vice-President and Partner of Médialliance, an agency specializing in 360 strategy and media placement in Montreal, Canada (Roche, Sopexa, Government of Quebec, Quebec Bar, Actegy Health, Boehringer).
Since 2012, I have maintained a privileged relationship with François Chartier. From client to friend, we grow side by side professionally. Thanks to François, I am also in charge of the Tanaka 1789 X Chartier sake project; and that is just the beginning!
To sum up François Chartier’s universe is to describe a rich and abundant career that touches on science as much as it does on gastronomy or the creation of new alcohols. Not to mention unique partnerships with the world’s great chefs, scientists, and producers!
In 2019, François Chartier created a scholarship program for sommeliers attending his Alma Mater, L’École Hôtelière des Laurentides (EHDL). Another way for the generous “créateur d’harmonies” to contribute to the success of the next generation of sommeliers.
François Chartier’s professional and charitable involvement extends to many spheres of activity. He is deeply committed to the SOMM360 project team, a unique networking and continuing education concept that aims to offer high-level knowledge and training to sommeliers around the world, some of whom have earned the coveted title of “World’s Best Sommelier”.