Ferme de La Ruchotte’s multifaceted chef Fred Ménager: from piano to guitar

Fred Ménager: from piano to guitar

Over the years, Frédéric Ménager has become an expert pianist, his love of harmony is evidenced by the passionate way that he plays his instruments. He is a skilled guitarist - although he remains modest about the subject – playing the electric guitar has become a true form of art for him, much like his cooking, nourishing him from within with raw and authentic chords. The founding pillars of his cooking are centered on using products that are natural, organic and authentic. His aim is to craft a cuisine centered on conviviality and sharing true moments of joy. His musical culture has its roots in the rock bands of the 70s: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, AC-DC and The Kings. Later in his life, Ménager branched out and started listening to Heavy Metal, which took him into a darker and more transgressive universe. One could say that his passion for crafting quality ingredient-driven dishes - a subject he has been defending for more than 20 years – reflects the verve and energy of a musician enraptured in the flow of music.

Fred Ménager: from piano to guitar
Guitares Frédéric Ménager Simbales

A musical and gastronomic challenge

Discover the La Ruchotte carving knife

Many music critics consider the advent of Hard Rock – the precursor of Heavy Metal – to be a revolt against the establishment, especially after 1968. It burst forth onto the scene in response to a form of rock that was considered to be too tame and polished. Many European and American bands broke away from previous music trends with intense energy, experimenting with new forms of music whose structure challenged current musical standards. It’s not surprising that our alternative chef embraced this cultural trend, as several food critics and renowned chefs found his personal culinary revolution to be shocking. He designs his dishes around the daily bounty of his organic farm, where he also works as a vegetable gardener and raises rare breeds of heritage poultry, some of which were on the brink of extinction – a revolutionary act within itself, performed with passion and "explosive riffs."

A heavy metal organic farmhouse inn & restaurant

Heavy Metal is known for unleashing a sonic revolution, appropriating a starkly dark and ominous universe that openly addressed socially taboo subjects like political corruption in a revolt against the establishment. Frédéric Ménager has absorbed these tenets, infusing and transforming them with his own ideas to spur his personal gastronomic revolution. His love of this bucks-traditions culture is reflected in his countless tattoos, jewelry and clothing. The walls of his farmhouse restaurant are lined with countless autographed photographs from the greatest modern heavy metal bands, reminding his clients that authenticity and a rupture from the norm are on the menu. The Ferme de la Ruchotte’s “culinary music” is distinguished by sincere harmonious notes where the show and presentation never take over the taste. Authentic flavors, striking blends, everything perfectly orchestrated as if by a metronome to compose a perfect gastronomic score, which, like a unique piece of music, will stay etched in your mind forever. Great connoisseurs of French gastronomy, musicians and international heavy metal bands flock to the Ferme de la Ruchotte to taste Frédéric Ménager’s genuine and pure “culinary solos." Finally, a little advice: don’t attempt to dine at La Ruchotte during the Hellfest Festival - the world’s largest gathering of heavy metal bands. Frédéric dedicates himself to this event with verve, further enriching his quest for musical and culinary authenticity.

Ferme de la Ruchotte’s Heavy Metal logo

Frédéric Ménager wished to create a "Ghost logo" that melded with his Heavy Metal and culinary values. The logo - created by Ménager’s talented tattoo artist who is one of the best in his field - will be used on different products such as knives, aprons and jewelry that will be launched in the upcoming months. Follow us on social media to be one of the first to know about this unique product release.

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Heritage Chicken Breeds
20 years of know-how!

La Ferme de la Ruchotte is pleased to announce the launch of the reservation of its first cutting knife. A knife designed and studied based on more than 20 years of cooking expertise, exceptional grip and flawless sharpness. Frédéric Ménager has put all his know-how into the development of this kitchen “instrument” like no other. Many steps were necessary to achieve a result that fully met Frédéric Ménager’s expectations!

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Heritage Chicken Breeds