Guided by the passion of chef Benoit Witz, the restaurant invites you to its 200-year-old country house and garden nestled in the hills, vineyards and olive groves of Cotignac.
The cuisine of the Jardin Secret promotes naturally-sourced ingredients and a return to the simple and delicious. Every dish is inspired by local seasonal gastronomy to so that guests can rediscover the taste of authentic Provence.
Having grown up on a small family farm in Alsace, Benoit developed a passion for both gardening and cuisine. He then followed his vocation to the greatest kitchens in France under the direction of Paul Bocuse and Alain Ducasse, who went on to entrust Benoit with several of Ducasse’s prestigious restaurants in Provence and Monaco.
Seduced by the enchanting setting of Cotignac and Lou Calen’s exciting heritage, Benoit was content to return to the Var countryside and a newfound source of inspiration. Benoit enjoys working with local producers to ensure the highest quality cuisine. Benoit delights in combining flavours and textures to enhance simple yet significant seasonal ingredients.
Jardin Secret is dedicated to a well-researched ecological approach that prioritises short-circuit, zero-waste cuisine.
We are committed to working with carefully selected food producers in the region.
Our menu includes fresh fruits and vegetables directly from our garden and greenhouse, as well as seasonal products from the Cotignac market.
We offer a concise and generous menu that changes regularly, as well as themed meals and events such as concerts and other festivities.
Benoit Witz meets Huguette Caren, marking the renaissance of the once renowned restaurant at Lou Calen.
Chef Benoit Witz was delighted to cook with Huguette Caren, esteemed former owner and chef of Lou Calen.
By sharing her precious recipes for which Lou Calen was famous, Huguette contributed towards restoring the heritage of this historic venue in Cotignac.
Nestled in the heart Cotignac in Provence, Jardin Secret invites you to enjoy exceptional food in an extraordinary setting.
The Lou Calen estate is located an hour away from Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and 45 minutes away from the Gorges du Verdon.