Flora Mikula is regarded as one of the most talented female chefs in France and certainly one of the best Provençal chefs in Europe.
Flora Mikula was born in Nîmes in southern France. It was her grandmother who taught her the wonders of Provençal produce, making rhubarb tart and cherry clafouti.
Along with pale blond hair and a pair of sturdy hands, Mikula inherited a sense of determination. Today, she is one of a handful of renowned female professional chefs in a male bastion that despite the new millennium is only slowly changing.
At her beginning when she applied to a cooking school she faced the machismo of the cooking world with brio. Nothing stopped her even not a teacher who told her :”Oh no, no woman in my school. It’s too hard. Maybe you could be a waitress”, when she passed a test!
Thanks to her strong personality and her talent, she went on to prove her teacher wrong, outperforming most of her classmates and working summers with Christian Etienne in Avignon, who built on her love for Provenal cooking. She has since worked in top restaurants in Provence, Paris, London, the Côte d’Azur and New York.
After running her own stylish restaurant FLORA, facing the hotel George V, next to Champs-Elysée for almost nine years she moved on to new quarters. In 2012 Flora opened Auberge Flora, ideally located in a hotel between the historical Bastille, le Marais Corner and the famous République Plaza.