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Liezie’s meals are fun, unpretentious, full of vibrant flavours and textures. She is adamant about sourcing the freshest, best quality ingredients from nearby farmers and other purveyors, and shapes her menus around these, according to the seasons. As Markus says, “The best chef or baker can only be a good shepherd to the best natural ingredients.”

The staff at île de païn - initially a handful of young, enthusiastic people, most of whom had never been employed before - grew, and gained in skill and confidence under Liezie’s management and mentorship. They are, she says, “an inseparable part of everyday life at île de païn”. Markus adds, “Never have I worked with such happy, genuine, honest people anywhere in the world.”

For Liezie and Markus, île de païn is a world that includes all the small farmers, producers and others who have been handpicked to supply the uncompromisingly wholesome and flavourful ingredients essential to their art. Their philosophy of good craftsmanship, integrity and simplicity, rooted in a deep and sophisticated understanding; and their intention to share their enthusiasm and love for food and life with others - these are what draw so many people to île de païn. Guests respond to the energy of the place, and in turn fill it with life, adding to the unique experience that it is. To Markus and Liezie, île de païn is “more than food. It is our sanctuary, our playground, our canvas.”

 
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