Nicolas Thomas, once a regular cellist for the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, is now a Michelin-star chef in Verfeuil.
Based on his experience as a professional musician, he has maintained fairly high expectations of the Ville Rose in terms of culture, and can now add culinary experiences to his list of demands.
You weren’t born in Toulouse. So, how did you discover the city?
I arrived here when I was 12 years old to join the national conservatory, now known as CRR (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional). This is the first level of a cultural rocket ship with which quality is ubiquitous. The Orchestre National du Capitole offers a symphony and opera season. It also performs as Chamber Orchestra with its own program. Add to that the Grands Interprètes festival, and you have a total of more than 60 dates in the season.
What can you say about Toulouse as a cultural city?
Toulouse has a rich music scene, one of the best in the province in fact. My wife, Laurence, (who also performed for the l’Orchestre National du Capitole: NDLR), and I also enjoy going to the Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines auditorium for their lovely chamber music season. We have less time these days, but we must see the temporary exhibits at the Musée des Augustins or even the “Rio Loco” festival on the banks of the Garonne river, right in front of the Le Pier Toulouse Hotel.