Across many different cultures, there lies a similar belief that, because of their experience and passion for cooking and feeding their loved ones, home cooks impart an intangible quality and energy to their food that makes it taste exceptiona­l. A certain je nais se quoi, if you will, that makes mom or grandma’s food inimitable, never mind that the recipes are never complete and measuremen­ts are imprecise.

For Royer, this feeling of being taken care of and fussed over, of comfortabl­e evenings over delicious meals at home with the family, is what he wants to bring to the table with Claudine.

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