Chef Xavier Grenet brings over 20 years of experience to L'Olivier; first in France in some of the world’s best restaurants: Laurent” on the Champs Elysées, and the Michelin three-star Jamin under Joel Robuchon. He came to the U.S. in 1993 and joined the 3-star restaurant Les Célébrités at Hotel Nikko in New York before working his way west to the landmark restaurant, Barcelona, in San Francisco where, as executive chef, he earned high praise and attention from jaded local food critics for the explosive yet balanced flavors of his cuisine. As an avid fan of the Southwest, Xavier arrived in Santa Fe in 2000 to transform the way one thinks about local cuisine by bringing his own French techniques to bear on classical and traditional recipes. He creates a vision of the Southwestern cuisine that is precise and clear. Christian DeBenedetti, writing in The New York Times agreed: “Xavier’s French inspired menu uses bold Southwest flavors with finesse.” In January 2002, Xavier was awarded the recognition of his peers with an invitation to prepare a dinner in New York City at The James Beard Foundation. L'Olivier, Xavier’s first venture in restaurant ownership, was launched in 2013 with his wife Nathalie.