A native of Marseilles, Jean-Francis comes naturally to the culinary world as his mother is acclaimed Chef Suzanne Quaglia of Marseilles' famed Le Patalain. At age eight, he made his first "Tarte au Citron" from his mother's recipe. This same tarte is now featured on Provence's menu. When Jean-Francis was 16, Chef Suzanne opened her first restaurant - and Jean-Francis decided that he too wanted to become a chef, enrolling at the École Hôteliere de Marseilles.
Hôtel Sofitel in Marseilles was the location of his first apprenticeship following graduation. From there he had a brief stint in his mother's restaurant before heading off to the Cõte d'Azure and Monte Carlo where he started as Commis de Cuisine under the direction of Chef Bruno Caironi (formerly Sous Chef to Alain Ducasse). Jean-Francis then went on to work with Chef Elie Mazot at Relais et Chateau's Le Chateau de la Chevre D'Or in Eze.
Jean-Francis worked at many acclaimed restaurants in Europe. Hotel Negresco in Nice was to be a turning point in his life as it was there in 1990, that he met a young Canadian, Alessandra Mossa, who later became his wife.
In 1991 Jean-Francis (with Alessandra) returned to Marseilles to work as Sous Chef in his mother's famed restaurant 'Le Patalain'. The next year he and Alessandra moved to Canada and were married.
Pursuing a life-long dream to open a place of his own. Provence Mediterranean Grill - opened its doors in the Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver on December 17, 1997. In 2002 he and Alessandra took the plunge, opening a second location -- Provence Marinaside, on the sea wall in Yaletown. Marinaside, as it's affectionately called by the locals, focuses its menu on seafood featuring a fresh seafood bar, catch of the day as well as a wide selection of fish and shellfish. When the sun shines, and with the view of the adjacent marina, you'd swear you were on the Côte d'Azure!
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, V6Z2Y3
The large, spacious outdoor patio in front of the building offers a nice view of False Creek, with a brunch-specific menu served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm. Their focus is on seafood, with items like seafood-specific crepes and pastas, which may or may not agree with your hangover’s taste.