In 1917, Germain PASSEDAT, Gérald's grandfather bought Villa Corinthe and renamed it Le Petit Nice at once. Germain married in 1924 with Luxia Alabern, opera singer, beautiful, eccentric, star, intelligent and muse of Louis Lumière. It was in 1966 that their son, Jean-Paul, an opera singer and passionate cook, transformed with his wife Albertine Le Petit Nice into a luxury hotel.
They successively obtained in 1977 their first Michelin star and the second in 1981.
1960: Birth of Gerald Passedat.
From 1979 to 1984 he followed a classical course, the Hotel School, Le Coq Hardi in Bougival, the Bristol then the Crillon hotel in Paris, the Troisgros brothers in Roanne, and Michel Guérard.
In 2000, he took over the family hotel restaurant, maintains the 2 stars and gets 3 star in 2008.
2010: Gerald Passedat is honored Knight of the Order of the Legion d’honneur by the President of the Republic.
2011: Gérald becomes a founding member of the Culinary College of France alongside the biggest names in French cuisine (including Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, Yannick Alléno, Alain Ducasse, Thierry Marx, Anne-Sophie Pic ...).
2012: Gérald brings together the chefs from his region to promote Mediterranean cuisine and becomes President of the Gourméditerranée association (currently counting 40 chefs), the association will be one of the major players of Marseille Provence 2013.
2013: Opening of the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, of which Gérald Passedat manages all the restaurant areas (1 restaurant, 1 bistro, 1 café, 1 kiosk and 1 cooking school).
2017: Opening of the Villa La Coste, the hotel located in the Domaine Château La Coste in Puy-Saint-Reparade, which Gérald Passedat manages the entire restaurant. (Louison, Le Salon, room-service and events) Opening of the Louison restaurant in Villa La Coste.
2018: Gets a star in the Michelin Guide for the Louison restaurant. Opening of the brewery of the Hotel Lutetia managed by Gerald Passedat scheduled for the end of 2018.