The “Bistro de Margot” is located at 126 College Street, In Burlington Vermont, counting 16 employees. The restaurant was named after Chef Herve Mahé's Grandmother Margot, who loved to cook for her 27 grandkids using products from her garden. Margot passed away at the age of 100, and is still is remembered every day at the Bistro.
Chef Hervé Mahé brings 30 years of experience in the culinary arts to Bistro de Margot. Born in Lorraine, and after moving a few times, he ended up in Burgundy. At the age of 15, he went to his first three year Culinary program in Poligny, Lycée Hyacinthe Friant. He attended the prestigious Ferrandi School of the French Culinary Arts (Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française) in Paris and worked at the finest restaurants in Europe, Canada and the United States. He had the pleasure to train and work with prestigious chefs such as Dominique Bouchet (La Tour D'Argent, Paris), Peter Kromberg (Le Soufflé, Hotel Intercontinental, London, England), Paul Haeberlin and his son Marc (Auberge de L'Ill, Illhaeusern, France), Mathieu Viannay (La Mère Brazier, Lyon), Michel Jacob (Le Crocodile, Vancouver, BC, Canada), Kerry Sear (Cascadia Restaurant, Seattle, WA) and Jean-François Mallet (photographer, author, journalist).
Most recently, he worked at the New England Culinary Institute (Montpelierand Essex, VT) and was the Executive Chef & F&B Director at the Hilton (Burlington, VT). Chef Mahé's appreciation and respect for fine food and wine was nurtured and sustained by his large French family, and remains his inspiration and motivation to open Bistro de Margot.
Bistro de Margot in Good France:
Bistro de Margot decided to be part of the Good France event to promote French cuisine. The theme this year is the New Aquitaine region as well as wine and spirits, so to celebrate this theme, Bistro de Margot used a lot of locally based cuisine and French products hailing from the region.