Stéphane is of Corsican origin from a tiny seaside village called Algajola. The couple married in 1988 whilst still attending the ecole de commerce as students.
Stéphane and Louise moved back to Nottingham to begin their business careers. Louise became Marketing Manager for the Sara Lee Corporation working on leading English and French hosiery and lingerie brands, and then later for a local marketing consultancy, Delphi Marketing Associates.
It did not take long before their marketing talents and a mutual passion for food led them to set up their own business. French Living was created in Nottingham in 1994, opening initially as a shop that was “bursting with French specialities capturing the essence, the scents and sounds of Toulouse, Paris and Corsica.” This eclectic blend of boulangerie, epicerie and patisserie would soon grow and evolve, as a café was added to the mix followed by a restaurant in 1996, down in the cellar.
This is what the Harden’s 2004 Restaurant Guide has to say about French Living:
“Proper French cooking (from a seasonally-changing menu), charming and good-natured service and a country Gallic atmosphere win high praise for this packed basement bistro”
Louise decided to write a book about her life, focusing on her journey towards a passion for food and towards a deeper understanding of her Corsican family. Come to the Table was published as a hard-back by Piatkus Books in June 2004 with the Daily Mail praising it as “a seductive tale, deliciously told - unputdownable”
Come to the Table was launched as a mass-market paperback with a seductive new cover in June 2005’