Chef/Owner Didier Dutertre of Bistro Moulin in Monterey California began his culinary career in Europe at the age of 15. His first two years of study were at the Ecole de Cuisine in Tours, working weekends and summer breaks as assistant sommelier at Relais Chateau d’Artigny, a two-star Michelin hotel and restaurant. He completed his formal training with two additional years at the Ecole Hoteliere in Strasbourg where he was required to not only finely tune his skills as a chef, but also complete an intensive study of French wines, hotel and restaurant management, business accounting and all points of fine dining service.
From there Dutertre headed for Switzerland and worked two years as a Sous Chef in Montreux, and then on to Meribel in the French Alps. It was in Juan-les-Pins on the the Cotes d’Azure where Dutertre was recruited by Gaston Georis of Casanova Restaurant in Carmel, California where he spent the next 25 years as chef and executive chef.
Dutertre retired from Casanova and joined his fiancé Colleen Manni in search of just the right spot for his own venture. They found an ideal location in Monterey one block above the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. The concept was simple, to create a small authentic bistro featuring a simple menu of classic European bistro fare.
From his tiny open kitchen, rich aromas waft through the dining room as Dutertre aided by one assistant delights a nightly audience with preparations such as Coq au Vin, Moules & Frites, Confit de Canard, Escargot, and his signature dish, Spinach Gnocchi au Gratin. Manni handles reservations, wine service, and oversees a small dining room staff creating an intimate, attentive dining experience.
A native of L’Aigle, a small town in Normandy, a young Dutertre dreamed of one day becoming a pilot, but due to the loss of vision in one eye, his career path led him to become one of the most respected chefs in the Monterey Bay area.