Serge Vieira, winner of the Bocuse d’Or 2005

Isn’t it funny how just hearing someone’s name can make you hungry? We can’t list them all here, but personally speaking, one of my partners makes me want to sit down to eat every time his name comes up. And why? Because the man in question, Serge Vieira, won the Bocuse d’Or (the World Cuisine Contest for our younger readers), one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic awards.


Chaudes-Aigues marks the meeting point between Serge Vieira and tattoos

But what does that have to do with tattoos?” I hear you ask. The link is quite simple. Sierge Vieira made the village of Chaudes-Aigues his home. The village also happens to be the setting for the Festival International du Tatouage! But, “render unto Caesar” and all that! Serge was there first!


Serge Vieira, a key player in the Cantal In’k the Skin tattoo convention

Creating a partnership to link our two activities was an obvious choice. To seal the deal, bonding two professions, two cultures, Serge was generous enough to give a private cooking lesson to a few of the best tattoo artists in Auvergne for the Cantal In’k the Skin tattoo convention. And as to Jeff Gogue and Nikko Hurtado’s skills in the kitchen? Ever the professional, Serge Vieira was all praise.


Find Serge Vieira at the Château de Couffour

If you want to taste some of Serge’s extraordinary cuisine, book a table at the Château de Couffour in the village of Chaudes-Aigues. With two Michelin stars, you’d be mad not to!