Charles Coulombeau at the Centre Pompidou-Metz

A new gastronomic era for the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Since the announcement of the appointment of Charles Coulombeau, owner of La Maison dans le Parc* and the Izakaya food truck in Nancy, to head up the Centre Pompidou-Metz restaurant, the region’s gastronomic scene has been abuzz. This bold decision has aroused great interest and expectations among lovers of fine cuisine and contemporary art. As a renowned chef, Coulombeau brings a fresh perspective to this iconic culinary space, and the press has seized on the news with enthusiasm.

The appointment of Charles Coulombeau, who has already proved his worth in the world of haute cuisine, marks a significant change of direction for the Centre Pompidou-Metz restaurant. It’s an exciting moment that promises to blend culinary art with contemporary art in a unique way. Many food critics and journalists have commented on this decision, offering a diverse perspective on the implications of this new direction.

One of the most positive reactions came from celebrity food critic Marie Lambert, who declared in Le Monde: “Charles Coulombeau’s appointment is a masterstroke for the Centre Pompidou-Metz. His creative approach to cooking and his passion for local ingredients promise an unforgettable culinary experience for visitors. It’s a perfect fusion of visual art and culinary art.” Lambert underlines the importance of this collaboration between contemporary art and gastronomy in such a prestigious venue as the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Public response has also been positive, with many locals and museum visitors expressing their enthusiasm on social media. On Twitter, user @ArtGourmet wrote: “Can’t wait to taste Charles Coulombeau’s cuisine at the Centre Pompidou-Metz! A great opportunity to marry art and gastronomy.” This reaction shows the public’s enthusiasm for this new era of cooking at the museum.

However, Coulombeau’s appointment was not without controversy. Some critics feel that his style of cooking, while refined, may not suit all palates. In a review in Le Figaro, food critic Pierre Dubois writes: “Coulombeau’s cooking is exquisite, but it’s also daring. Some visitors to the museum may be surprised by the new flavors and unusual combinations he proposes.” So there seem to be reservations about the chef’s ability to satisfy all the Centre Pompidou-Metz’s customers.

The question of the price of food at the Centre Pompidou-Metz restaurant is also the subject of debate. Some critics, including Émilie Dupont in L’Express, have raised concerns about the high price of the dishes. Dupont writes: “Coulombeau’s cuisine is delicious, but it’s also expensive. Expect to pay a hefty price for this dining experience, which may deter some visitors.” The question of affordability is therefore at the heart of this new culinary experience.

Coulombeau himself reacted to these criticisms in an interview with Culinaire magazine. He said, “I understand the concerns about price, but I want to emphasize that we are committed to providing a quality dining experience. We’re also working on affordable options for visitors who want to experience my cuisine without breaking the bank.” This response shows that the chef is aware of the challenges he faces and is seeking to address the public’s concerns.

All in all, Charles Coulombeau’s appointment to the helm of the Centre Pompidou-Metz restaurant is an exciting moment for the region’s gastronomic and artistic scene. Press reactions ranged from enthusiasm to concern, but all illustrated the importance of this decision for the museum’s future. It remains to be seen how this new gastronomic era will unfold, and how it will influence the experience of visitors to the Centre Pompidou-Metz. One thing is certain: lovers of contemporary art and fine cuisine can look forward to some exciting discoveries at this emblematic venue.

From June 5, he will be at the helm of the new gastronomic experience at the Centre Pompidou in Metz.

The Michelin-starred chef, recently named “Springboard of the Year 2021” by Le Chef magazine, promises an exceptional culinary adventure.

This ambitious project comprises two separate facilities within the museum. First, a 100-cover Franco-Nipponese brasserie, open for lunch. Next, a gourmet restaurant nestled in an elegant glass bubble, offering an intimate dining experience for around twenty guests.

The Centre Pompidou-Metz is delighted to be working with internationally renowned chef Charles Coulombeau. His passion for authentic cuisine, his commitment to quality and fresh ingredients, and his desire to create unique gastronomic moments, perfectly match the spirit of our institution. Chiara Parisi, Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, is delighted with this new culinary adventure and looks forward to sharing it with visitors, as well as with the city of Metz, the Eurométropole and the Grand Est region, which hold a special place in their hearts.

For the third year running, Charles Coulombeau, Michelin-starred chef at Nancy’s Maison dans le Parc restaurant, will be cooking up a storm on “C à vous”.

He’ll be cooking from January 8 to 12, 2024 on France 5.
On the menu for the week of January 8 on “C à vous”, the young chef who is mad about local produce and Japan will be offering his trademark Franco-Asian flavors. “There will be Wagyu beef from Lorraine, a little truffle, vegetables from the Pichou farm in Amance, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and fish from the Frais Baril fish farm in the Vosges.