Born and raised in Lyon, France, it was clear from an early age that Claude was destined to have a career in the kitchen. After a particularly memorable occasion whereby Claude set fire to his mothers Bistro kitchen by means of a fried egg, Claude’s father Jean-Jaques took the 14 year old Claude and placed him in an Apprentissage in the notoriously difficult and classic Leon de Lyon kitchens (2 Michelin star). From this day on Claude’s career saw him placed in some of the toughest and famed establishments in France, most noteworthy Raymond Point Carre, Michel Rostang, Alain Ducasse & L’Arpege in Paris and La Pyramide in Vienne,
Leaving France to move to the UK in 1997, Claude accepted a post at Overton Grange Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire, winning them a Michelin star in 1998. Subsequently, after two further years, Claude, along with Claire, opened Hibiscus in May 2000. The restaurant was instantly lauded and loved by diners and critics alike and was awarded one Michelin star in 2001, followed by its second in 2004. In 2007, the entire team uprooted the restaurant and relocated on Maddox Street in the heart of London’s Mayfair.