Beverage Innovation Director – Mediterranean countries
Stéphane has been with the MONIN family since 2009. Director of drink development, he is based in our Parisian studio where he provides drinks trainings on a national and international level.
Originally from the French Riviera, Stéphane has quickly integrated the world of hotel and catering. His first internship at the Métropole Hotel (4 stars) in Beaulieu sur Mer is what inspired him to want to work in the world of the bar. The creative aspect, the felted and cosmopolitan universe, and the relationship with customers are the elements that seduced him.
After completing his studies, Stéphane left for England, in Surrey, to put his knowledge into practice. The shakers and Shakespeare’s language are no secret to him anymore! He improved his technique by returning to France and integrating the Bar Le Forvm (Paris), an institution that has been opened since 1930. He worked with great professionals who passed on their practical and theoretical knowledge about cocktail and flavour associations. He attended other prestigious houses, such as the Hotel Astor and the Sofitel Le Faubourg, as Chief Barman before joining MONIN. Upon his arrival in the company, he learned barista techniques to offer complete support to clients.
Beyond his career, Stéphane is involved in various competitions and invested in the profession by becoming Secretary General of the ABF (Association of French Barmen).
His creativity and training skills lead him to travel on to all countries of the Mediterranean basin to meet importers, barmen, and baristas in order to help them to develop their drinks’ offerings.
The Macaron Raspberry Virgin, it offers all the finesse and taste à la française. The almond side of the macaroon blends with the intensity of the raspberry. This drink can be served with macaroons for an original "perfect serve".
His favourite cocktail?
The Green apple and Lemongrass Collin's is a delicious blend of a traditional fruit, Green Apple and a perfume from Asia, Lemongrass; the whole balanced by the yellow lemon is brought by the concentrate of Rantcho lemon, elevated by a premium vodka then lengthened of sparkling water for a festive and refreshing side! The association of Le fruit de MONIN Yuzu and the pink grapefruit syrup could also be an option.
“I advise you to decorate the cocktail with a stick of lemongrass, in order to remember the ingredients that compose the cocktail, the consumers will use it as mixer.”
His trend predictions
Coffee predictions : Cold Brew and Raf Coffee
Cocktails predictions : zero-waste cocktails, clear cocktails and the return of the highball