Arnaud Bloquel

Arnaud Bloquel, born in Agen, France, and raised in the Caribbean, was deeply influenced by his diverse upbringing and his grandmothers’ family cuisine. Starting his culinary training at 16 in Guadeloupe, he furthered his skills in France under renowned chefs, specializing in pastry in Gordes. Working in Paris with Chef Christian Constant and Chef Joël Robuchon, Arnaud honed his skills before returning to Guadeloupe to open his restaurant, l’Orchidea, in 2015. He earned the title of Best Master Restaurateur in France in 2018, and his restaurant was rated the best in the Caribbean by the Gault et Millau guide. In 2022, Arnaud reached the semi-finals in the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” competition. He is now focusing on leading the Culinary Team at Lucie, a new elevated French restaurant in Toronto.