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OUR STORY

High standards, passion, work and a dynamic attitude have made Tony Lestienne a “big name” in the culinary trade, renowned throughout the world of gastronomy.

This local boy,

who pays tribute to the area’s history and traditions, also like to surprise his guests! He offers contemporary cuisine with the emphasis on high-quality local products.

After studying in Spain, Paris and Berck-sur-Mer in his native region, Tony Lestienne opened his restaurant La Matelote in April 1979. In March 1982, the Michelin Guide awarded him a star.

Having proudly displayed a Michelin star for over 30 years, this chef now shares and passes on his passion for food by giving cookery lessons.

Clémence Lestienne, known as the Bearded Lady, was Tony Lestienne’s great-great-grandmother.

Born in Fustebert, Pas-de-Calais, she had plenty of ideas and boundless creativity!

Aged 16, she developed her own gingerbread and couque de Dinant (a biscuit made of honey and flour), building up an enviable reputation.

She sold her treats at the fairs and markets where she travelled in her caravan, from Dunkirk to Lille through Roubaix and Saint-Omer.

Customers would naturally stop in front of the stall run by this amazing woman, whose impressive beard became an attraction in its own right.

During the First World War, she opened a shop in Boulogne sur Mer called “Au Paradis des Enfants” where she sold sweetq and toys. She died at a fairground in 1919 at the age of 85.