The Chef and his team
David Gallienne: born and bred in the region, inspired by his travels
Born and bred in the area, David Gallienne is the worthy heir to his grandfather, the man who introduced him to the pleasures of gardening, fishing, mushroom picking and snail collecting from an early age. As a boy, David discovered a passion for eating good food; later on, it seemed only natural that he should study at a hotel management school.
From Alençon to Rouen and Bagnols-de-l’Orne, the Chef learned his trade in the kitchens of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Normandy. Although he is an unconditional fan of the region in which he was born and grew up, David Gallienne is also a keen traveller and never misses an opportunity to visit far-flung destinations to experience new cultures and savour new flavours. Indeed, it was during a trip to learn more about Japanese cuisine that he met Éric Guérin, who was then the chef and owner of Le Jardin des Plumes.
In 2017, David Gallienne joined him at Giverny. Two years later, Éric Guérin left and David Gallienne took centre stage: in early 2020, he was thrilled to become the owner of the hotel and gourmet restaurant in Normandy.
Le Jardin des Plumes has brought people together on an incredible adventure. Chef David Gallienne has surrounded himself with committed and passionate ambassadors who work alongside him every day to transform this hotel and gourmet restaurant into an unmissable address in Normandy.
Le Jardin des Plumes’ team
Nothing seemed to indicate that this former nursing assistant would manage the front of house at a boutique hotel in Normandy.
But everything changed when he met David Gallienne. At the age of 23, Alexis Da Costa began a new career in a historic property, alongside a passionate and ambitious chef.
This young Front of House Manager now plays a key role in the smooth running of Le Jardin des Plumes, a hotel and restaurant in Giverny.
Passionate, uncompromising and caring, Marie Vercruysse Gallienne works to support and represent David Gallienne, highlighting his talent.
Committed and closely involved with day-to-day operations, she knows David Gallienne better than most and shares his values, his expertise and his philosophy. She works hard to ensure that the hotel and restaurant in Giverny is a truly exceptional property.
A truly outstanding interpret, Stanislas Bourin translates David Gallienne’s ideas to bring them to life every day.
From the kitchens of a small gourmet restaurant in Chesnay to those of a luxury hotel, this Executive Chef has come a long way since his student days at École Ferrandi, working his way up the ranks at Le Jardin des Plumes.
Born in Lima, Alesandra Luna moved to France at the age of 13. After developing her skills at several excellent restaurants, she joined Le Jardin des Plumes in 2018.
Positive and generous, this Peruvian woman loves telling the story of the Chef’s gourmet travels as she serves the restaurant’s diners. She adds an exotic personal touch to her work at Giverny and has become an essential figure.
As a student of Jean Nouvelle, a professor at the Marne-la-Vallée School of Architecture and the manager of his own agency, Philippe Papy has already enjoyed an impressive career.
He was behind the renaissance of La Musardière, David Gallienne’s first restaurant, and has been closely involved in the transformation of Le Jardin des Plumes.