On one side of the sign, the restaurant's opening hours.
On the other, the word "complete", written in capital letters.
This Wednesday evening, while M 6 broadcasts the final of "Top Chef", Sarah Mainguy, 26, reopens her restaurant Vacarme, more than six months after having put it under cover.
Here, no screen.
“Narcissism is not the spirit of the house,” smiles a waiter.
"We did not even ask the question," says Sarah, who hung up the purple headlines of Paul Pairet's brigade, to happily find the apron that goes with her 9m2 kitchen, in the city center. “I don't want to force this on people. I prefer to experience my reopening fully, without mixing. “While waiting for the time when the verdict will be revealed, everyone is going about their prognosis. “I have school tomorrow, but it's okay, I'll watch,” says a little guy, a 5th year student, very seriously.
For Aline, who came from Chantilly (Oise) to visit her daughter, who surprised her to book in this restaurant, Sarah's defeat is unthinkable.
The emotion is as strong as when she met Stéphane Bern, assures the Picard.
Obviously, when Sarah comes out of her kitchen to greet her, she has trouble holding back her tears.
The boss is upset.
The feedback from customers, Sarah is particularly attached to it.
"I know that I am expected at the turn," she admits, as stressed as when she set foot in the competition.
Arriving at 6.30 am Wednesday morning, she will not leave the premises until midnight.
"I would like to open a second restaurant"
If the chef is feverish, the customers are in heaven.
Even the municipal police stop with the desire to greet "the star".
“In two weeks, we received 900 phone calls!
At Le Vacarme, it was even necessary to open an Internet reservation service.
"We are full for the next two months", rejoices Damien Crémois, Sarah's companion, at the helm of this establishment of about thirty seats, to which are added 14 places on the terrace.
In the evening, the restaurant offers miso mayonnaise and candied lemon, parsley ham and sweet and sour mustard seaweed, asparagus with sunflower seed butter and sorrel (from 6 to 12 euros).
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The Din card will not change.
But "Top Chef" offered incredible freedom to those who forbade themselves to dream big.
“I would like to open a second restaurant.
I feel capable of daring.
I would like a garden, a field with aromatic plants, where I will bring people from all over the world to discuss… ”In the meantime, she evokes the possibility of a four-handed menu with another candidate for“ Top Chef ”, Pierre Chomet, who could well open a restaurant in Nantes at the start of the school year.
Pamper your dishes as well as your friendships
"I can not find someone who says bad things about her", astonished a regular.
Indeed, all those who know her confirm: “She is as cool as what we saw on TV.
When we share comments from those close to her, Sarah smiles.
“I am quite sociable by nature and Nantes is like a village.
In this busy street, the friends are worried: will Sarah always find time to welcome them unexpectedly?
No doubt about it.
The young chef is the type to pamper her friendships.
She has also seen several candidates.
“We watched a few episodes together: one in Baptiste's restaurant, one here and another with Matthias,” she recalls.
What she wants today?
In this business, the pressure never comes down.