Sophie Bise, a talented descendant
Sophie Bise is the great-granddaughter of the man who founded L’Auberge de Père Bise. Over the years, Sophie managed to bring a touch of modernity to the Auberge, which was once an icon of French cuisine. She comes from a long line of restaurateurs - most of which were women - and had to earn her right to manage the Auberge. As such, inspired by the memory of her father, who was a top-ranking chef, Sophie decided that hitting the road would be the best way to perfect her skills. Her career-shaping journey took her from Savoy, Alsace, The French Riviera and Martinique all the way to Venezuela, Brazil and New York. In 1987, forged from the fires of her new experiences, Sophie returned to claim the Auberge from her ancestors. The now worthy descendant of a glorious lineage decided that it is time for the Auberge to leave the past behind and embrace the new. However, the decision did not come easy. After all, Sophie was the heiress of a century-old family tradition, the descendant of three generations of talented chefs who turned the Auberge into a landmark and added 3 Michelin stars to the Bise family name. How was she to find her place among these legends without giving up her personality, her dreams and her creativity? Sophie was a Bise and, like a true Bise, she had a strong personality mixed with a taste for audacity, the desire to innovate and a stunning resolve - the four elements behind the success of the Bise family. Plus, the Auberge in Talloires needed a breath of fresh air. It needed the mark of an atypical personality. It needed a slight feminine touch. But why? After all, the Auberge only had female head chefs for 110 years. Yes, but it was François Bise, Sophie’s father, that shifted the paradigm. Thanks to him, «L’Auberge du Père Bise» became the place to be, as he enriched the menu - which was already filled with a repertoire of classic dishes - with his own creations, which, in turn, became well-known classics. François loved to start work early in the morning, always thinking up new recipes, sampling tastes and combining flavors. Sophie carries on the tradition and thinks up new recipes as masterfully as a composer. When said recipes hit the paper, one feels like witnessing the birth of a symphony. In the end, Sophie doesn’t see the history of the Auberge du Père Bise as a problem, but as an opportunity for improvement. She combines it with her own aspirations. The result is a unique longing for authenticity - Sophie’s greatest asset. This timeless franchise did not simply «pass on» to the spontaneous and sincere chef. She inherited the Auberge, its culinary history and spiritual legacy. It’s not a burden for her to bear, but a gift for her to give to the world. When she’s working in the kitchens, you can clearly see how proudly she carries the torch - without betraying her family’s legacy, nor her personality. New recipes are constantly joining the well-loved classics established by Marie, Marguerite and François Bise, all while the newly refurbished guest rooms give the hotel a nice, modern feel. As it steps into this new age of discreet and sleek design, the hotel’s roots and humble beginnings are more visible than ever. The Auberge seeps elegantly into the hearts of its visitors. Regardless if they’re famous or less famous, they happily return to grab a taste of the Auberge’s intimate ambiance and the subtle flavors featured in a menu that’s halfway between an ode to the past and a gourmet initiation. Sophie claims her place in the family’s history with serenity and maturity, adapting her cuisine to the rhythm of the seasons. Having stepped into her father’s shoes, Sophie Bise has decided to use her own soles to leave a unique footprint on the path that leads to the Auberge, a path which all lovers of travel and great stories are familiar with, a path which they know will lead to an enriching, unique and timeless place. It would be pointless to try and name the style of the buildings, as L’Auberge du Père Bise is far from being a museum. Neither is it a temple of art deco. Over the 100 years of its existence, the small family manor has simply pushed its walls outwards in order to make more room for its guests. These expansions occurred naturally. As such, they don’t represent a particular architectural style, but more of a defining lifestyle.