Restaurant Latour Welcomes Chef Jean Paul Lourdes

Chef Lourdes
Chef Lourdes

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes brings a wealth of diversified experience from the world’s finest kitchens to Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour. A native of New Zealand, Lourdes was hand-selected as Chef de Latour for his unique ability to develop inventive menus that will perfectly pair with the wines of Latour’s award-winning cellar.

With a resumé featuring kitchen stints at Pierre Gagnaire’s Michelin three-star restaurant in Paris, Maison Pic in Valence, Tetsuya in Sydney, Joël Robuchon in Tokyo, Shangri-La Hotels in Beijing, Hong Kong and Toronto, Nihonryori-Ryugin in Tokyo and recipe development at Buddakan and Morimoto, Lourdes’s globally-inspired, seasonally-focused cooking sets Restaurant Latour in a new, contemporary direction.

Guests can enjoy two tasting menus, a vegetarian “Farmer’s Feast” and the protein-focused “Grazing,” both available as five- or seven-course options, and with or without wine pairings. Ingredients are chosen for peak freshness and sourced daily, meaning the day’s menu is not written until Lourdes has inspected every ingredient.

Here is his most recent menu:

alliums / argan oil / barrel aged maple

borage / bonito / black garlic / celeriac

chanterelle / cinnamon / chrysanthemum

cultured cream / dandelion / duck

egyptian chamomile / emerald

earl grey tea / finger lime / fuchsia grapefruit / green-onion / horseradish honey comb / kinome / lavender

licorice / local milk / meyer lemon mushrooms / mexican tarragon

nasturtiums / olive / olive oil

organic hay / penny royal / pepper

pok pok vinegar / radish /root beer

rose apple / russian banana / salsify

succulents / sough dough / scallop

sea bream / salted butter / sheep’s milk

truffle / walnut / whey / yuzu

Chef Lourdes comes to New Jersey after over a decade working in the world’s finest restaurants. His innovative cooking marks the start of a bold new direction for Crystal Springs and Restaurant Latour. For reservations, classes and more information call 973-827-5996 ext. 3 or visit

Restaurant Latour
3 Wild Turkey Road
973-827-5996 ext. 3

Restaurant Latour, Crystal Springs
Photo courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort


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