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The Chefs around the 150 years of Massenez

2020 represents a great year for the Massenez Distillery. It’s 150 years of history around Chefs and mixologists from all over the world…

We are happy to valorise these faithful Ambassadors through our products, they are the reflection of the permanent exchanges between them and us. In the continuity of this interaction, we have entrusted our Chef friends with the task of creating or revisiting their recipes!

The Stars Chefs Massenez 150

Marc Haeberlin – L’Auberge de L’Ill – Illhaeusern
Laurent Arbeit – L’Auberge du St Laurent – Sierentz
Patrick Fritz – L’Ami Fritz – Ottrot
Famille Goetz – Chez Julien – Fouday
Jean René Grau & Roger Bouhassoun – Relais & Château La Cheneaudière – Colroy-La-Roche
Marie & Maxime Wucher – Hôtel Restaurant du Parc – Obernai
M & Mme Simon – Chez Arnold – Itterswiller
Jean Georges Klein, Paul Stradner & Romain Iltis – Villa Lalique – Wingen-sur-Moder
Cédric Moulot – Au Crocodile et le 1741 – Strasbourg
Nicolas Stamm & Serge Schaal – La Fourchette des Ducs – Obernai
Julien Binz & Sandrine Kauffer – Restaurant Julien Binz – Ammerschwihr
René Tourette – La Cloche à Fromage – Strasbourg
Mickaël Wagner – LE 1741 – Strasbourg
Michel Husser – Le Cerf – Marlenheim
Nicolas Paciello – Fouquet’s Paris – Paris

The Stars Chefs Massenez 150


Chef of the Auberge de l’Ill at Illhaeusern

Marc Haeberlin, 4th generation of the family at the Auberge de l’Ill – a restaurant with three Michelin stars for more than 50 years – has been one of the faithful ambassadors and friends of the Maison Massenez for generations.

His parents had a true friendship relationship with Gaby Massenez and her children. Since the merger of the Massenez Distillery with the Grandes Distilleries Peureux, this friendship has developed with Bernard Baud and Elodie Naslin… a transgenerational story far from over!



Chef of the Auberge St-Laurent at Sierentz

This 18th-century Post Office, with its long, flowery and pleasant façade, is a local family institution, authentic and elegant, popular with the faithful as well as with the many travellers from abroad who cross Europe.

At the stove, we find the chef Laurent Arbeit, who started at Haeberlin and Ducasse‘s house. As a true aubergist of modern times, he composes a harmonious and fine cuisine, with well-balanced flavours.

More than a partner, a true friendship has been created between the Maisons Massenez and the Auberge Saint Laurent for many years, whether with Marco, the father or Laurent, the son. “A history of friendship and quality products is what makes for two families of enthusiasts a solid bond of friendship.



Chef of the Hotel Restaurant A l’Ami Fritz at Ottrot

In 1970, Jeanine & René took over this 18th century Alsatian Winstub, embellished it and gave it a new identity: a hotel-restaurant. 20 years later, Patrick Fritz, their son and his wife Sophie take over the reins of the house.

While Sophie takes care of the decoration of the hotel, Patrick turns his mother’s family kitchen into gastronomic Alsatian cuisine… a true ambassador and friend of the Maison Massenez since the beginning.
Symbol of this friendship, the famous “soufflé à la Vieille Prune Massenez” has been on the menu of this typical Alsatian restaurant for more than 40 years!


Gérard GOETZ

Chez Julien at Fouday

Julien’s place was a sort of like the second home of Gaby Massenez.
It was a place that he wanted his friends and best customers to discover, giving meaning to Gérard Goetz‘s expression: “Gaby brought the world to us at the Auberge! ».

Thus, a unique friendship and recognition bond was created between the Maison Massenez and the Goetz Family. A bond that continues with the new generation, represented by Hélène and Éléonore Goetz.


Roger Bouhassoun

La Cheneaudière at Colroy-La-Roche

La Cheneaudière and Massenez: if this place was also familiar to Gaby, where he liked to taste refined cuisine, it was during his many stays in Alsace that Bernard Baud was able to forge a bond of friendship with Chef Roger Bouhassoun.

The story of an atypical meeting between a Business Man and a Chef, both driven by the same passion for creation and Alsace, in a unique place! Each meeting is an opportunity to share and discuss new recipes, dishes, desserts, jams … highlighting both savoir-faire.


Marie & Maxime WUCHER

Restaurant Le Parc at Obernai

Between the Wucher family and the Massenez family, it is a transgenerational story of friendship and respect for decades. The previous generation had a very good relationship, for example, the Munster Flambé au Marc from Gewurztraminer Massenez has been on the restaurant menu for years and for the crunchy little anecdote, it was Mr. Wucher who came up with the idea for the Miss Massenez cocktail concentrates and was therefore the originator of a major innovation at the Massenez Distillery!

As for the current generation, represented by Marie & Maxime Wucher and Elodie Naslin & Bernard Baud, they maintain this beautiful relationship of friendship and trust on both a personal and professional level.


Bruno & Mado Simon

Chez Arnold at Itterswiller

At Arnold’s! With these words, eyes and papillae light up because whether it is for Gaby Massenez, her children or today Bernard Baud, this exclamation announces good moments of conviviality and gastronomy within this unmissable stopping place between Villé and Strasbourg.

Expertly run by the Simon family for several generations, Chez Arnold is above all a place where you feel at home! Eaux-de-Vie, Creams et Liquors Massenez have always held a special place in the kitchen or in the boutique, the Augustine’s Basket.


Jean Georges Klein

Villa Lalique at Wingen-sur-Moder

A century-old House in 2020, as a sign for the Massenez Distillery, which celebrates its 150th anniversary that same year. The Chef’s Duo, formed by Jean Georges Klein and Paul Stradner, very quickly earned its second star and offers a colourful, evolving, refined cuisine… The Eaux-de-Vie Massenez naturally find their place here and are, through the genius of this duo, modernised through their dishes!

And last but not least, what can we say about Roman Iltis the Sommelier, already Best Sommelier of France in 2012, then crowned Best Worker of France in 2015? He is passionate about his terroir, which gives pride of place to Eaux-de-Vie, Creams & Liquors Massenez…and in particular to the divine Golden Eight® Pear Liqueur he fell in love with!


Romain Brillat

Au Crocodile at Strasbourg

Monique and Emile Jung, previous proprietors of the famous Crocodile in Strasbourg, which used to have three stars, have always supported the Massenez Distillery and offered its Eaux-de-Vie, Creams and Liquors on their menu. These human connections were later to be found during the many events of the Etoiles d’Alsace on which the Massenez Distillery launched its Miss Massenez Cocktails concept. Today in the skilled hands of the talented Chef Romain Brillat, the adventure continues between the Massenez Distillery and the Crocodile.
The Crocodile is part of the Cédric Moulot Collection group, which also includes the beautiful starred restaurant of 1741.


Nicolas Stamm & Serge Schaal

La Fourchette des Ducs

A centennial Maison, masterfully managed by Nicolas Stamm and Serge Schaal!

Two guests for a unique Maison… ” To please the other” seems to be their only ambition. For their entire team, benevolence is a must, the desire to please a single obsession!

When he first came to the Fourchette des Ducs, Bernard Baud, then President of the Distillerie Massenez, immediately immersed himself in an atmosphere of pleasure and well-being in this iconic place which he considers to be a Maison in the true sense of the word… a place where conviviality and good taste remain and cohabit. Nicolas and Serge attend Massenez resurgence driven by Bernard and Elodie and show unfailing support.

What do they have in common? The search for excellence, the sharing of common values and their creative sensitivity. Their meeting was obvious and together these men and women contribute to the influence of Alsace, in France and in the world… simply French elegance.


Julien Binz & Sandrine Kauffer

Restaurant Julien Binz

Massenez and Julien Binz, it’s a story that began before we were even aware of it. Julien Binz first worked for Antoine Westermann at the Buerehiesel and then moved on to the kitchens of Marc Haeberlin at the Auberge de l’Ill… “two Maisons where the name Massenez resounded all day long”. Two Maisons, old friends and since long-time Massenez clients. Thus, as he likes to say: “They are Eaux-de-Vie that have accompanied my journey since the very beginning”.

Today, Massenez Eaux-de-Vie, Crèmes and Liqueurs are present on the menu of the Restaurant Julien Binz as well as in some sublime recipes based on “Massenez Treasures” such as Golden Eight® and Dom Pacello Royal Orange®!

The history was also written through the Chef’s wife, Sandrine Kauffer who has been present for more than 10 years at the sides of the Distillerie Massenez through communication notably with Elodie Naslin… She was one of the first to highlight Massenez during the launch of Miss Massenez and is still there today for the celebrations of the 150 years of the Distillerie… A true professional parallel thus between these two communicators who later became friends.


René Tourette

La Cloche à Fromage

The Cloche à Fromage and the Maison Massenez is the story of an encounter. A meeting between two enthusiasts, one of his cheeses, the other of his Eaux-de-Vie.

It is 32 years ago that René Tourette and Manou Massenez met. Manou had come to eat with her husband at the Cloche à Fromage shortly after the opening.

As the discussion progresses, they had the intuition that Massenez Eaux-de-Vie could harmoniously accompany the cheese and more… would make it possible to sublimate these exceptional cheeses.

This is how, little by little, a friendship developed with Manou Massenez creating a human relationship in addition to a business relationship that has been going on for 32 years now!


Mickaël Wagner

LE 1741

Located in the heart of the historic center of Strasbourg, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gastronomic restaurant “le 1741” is a showcase of elegance and refinement in the French style, under the sign of the art of gourmet living. An exceptional art to be discovered on the plate and beyond, in this welcoming residence, symbol of Alsatian heritage!

Le 1741 is a part of Strasbourg’s culinary heritage and since 2014 has been awarded one star in the Michelin Guide, a distinction that rewards the work and passion of the Chef Fabien Raux. Not forgetting Michael Wagner, sommelier and director of the Strasbourg restaurant, who carefully watches over the 12,000 bottles in the cellar, including Eaux-de-Vie Origine Massenez, Golden Eight® and more recently Dom Pacello Royal Orange®!

A flagship of Alsatian heritage, like the Distillerie Massenez, which could only lead to a rapprochement between these two Maisons.

To be discovered soon

Michel Husser

Le Cerf

A Maison existing since 1739… It is the great-grandfather of Michel Husser who came from Strasbourg and bought the property in 1930, 90 years ago!

The relationship between these two Maisons has been built over the last fifty years through Michel Husser and Gaby Massenez who were both hunters and who has continued through the ages to this day.

A Maison that has also seen Europe being written through illustrious clients such as Jean Monnet, who used to gather in the restaurant lounge with characters such as Schumann, Adenauer… The Bugatti family, the King of Belgium, Chirac… A story full of glitter, like the one of the Maison Massenez, a parallel trajectory and a common anniversary in 2020: the 90 years of Le Cerf and the 150 years of the Distillerie Massenez!


Nicolas Paciello

Fouquet’s Paris

Paciello vs Pacello: a story of great men!

Nicolas Paciello, after several experiences as Pastry Chef, notably for the hotel La Réserve with Jérôme Banctel and the Prince de Galles, alongside Stéphanie Le Quellec, with whom he won the 2nd star in the Michelin guide for the restaurant La Scène, joined the position of Pastry Chef at the Barrière Hotel Le Fouquet’s Paris in 2019!

After a first successful collaboration with the Distillerie Massenez, no one could hide the similarity of names between Nicolas Paciello and our brand-new liqueur Dom Pacello Royal Orange®… so it was obvious that both parties decided to collaborate again in order to propose recipes created by the Chef around this exceptional Liqueur!