Columbia." When a New York restaurateur dined at the Bearfoot, he was so impressed, he instantly set about luring Eric to his establishment, and so began the furthering of Eric’s world-class mastery. In New York and then London England, Eric ran the kitchens of top-echelon restaurants. When an opportunity arose to operate his own restaurant in Whistler, Eric returned in 2002 with his wife Gillian and their three children. Eric’s restaurant Jayde (named after his daughter), stirred a strong, core following with its reputation of serving superb quality food at remarkably reasonable prices but sadly the restaurant closed, which then led to Eric taking the reigns of Après kitchen. In 2006 Eric became owner of après, with new ideas and lots of passion, après rose above the norm in fine dining cuisine. Eric’s innovations in the kitchen will continue to dazzle and warm the hearts of food and wine lovers. After a few years Eric decided to sell and look for his next adventure, which brought him to the Turks and Caicos Island in October 2009. He started his island experience running the French Village, at Beaches Resort. One year later he found an opportunity as Executive chef for Parallel 23 at the Regent Palms Resort. After two successful years at the Palms Eric and his wife Gillian lead the remodel and opening of the Beach House Hotel and Restaurant. Two years later Chef Eric opened his own bakery called Crust which specializes in Artisan style French patisserie. Crust Bakery provides a wholesale service to the island and the their bread and pastry can be found in the local supermarkets and restaurants. In 2017 Eric decided to open Provence Restaurant as a portrait to his heritage. Eric is known for his personal style, of seeking harmony in the flavors of food, being creative yet respecting the roots of French cuisine. International travel and his French/Italian parents have influenced Eric’s passion for food, he strives on the fact that using only the best ingredients either locally or from around the world is what make his cuisine one thing you will not want to miss. Come and be wowed like thousands have been, since Eric Vernice discovered a knife, saucepan and lots of ingredients thirty five years ago.
Eric was born in Roanne, France, and from the start, the tradition of Eric’s homeland in unparalleled gastronomy has sharpened his natural born skill in the kitchen. His background boasts the accomplishment of having worked in the coveted 3 Michelin star Troisgros in Roanne, France. His first hint of touring the globe was in 1987 when he left his native France to “learn English”, his feet landed in Ontario Canada. He spent 3 years here working at the 54th restaurant in the TD Bank building downtown Toronto, this is where he met his wife Gillian. Canada is where Eric has spent most of his culinary years, in 1994, Eric ran the kitchen of the Relais & Chateau, Inn at Manitou. He did 2 seasons here with a stint in the Dominican Republic, whilst the Inn closed for the 6 month winter. In 1996 Eric headed west to the ski Resort Whistler, whilst in Whistler, Eric’s name is synonymous with outstanding culinary performance. It was Eric’s leadership at the Bearfoot Bistro that first captured the interest of critics and foodies. As the Bearfoot’s Executive Chef for the first five years, it was Eric’s food that the press talked about. It was Eric’s food that led Wine Spectator magazine to describe it as "One of the finest dining experiences in British
Eric Vernice | Owner
Yoann was born in France and throughout his childhood he traveled alongside his fathers career across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At the age of 15 Yoann decided to pursue an apprenticeship for 2 years in classical pastry in France. Shortly after graduation Yoann went on to culinary school to obtain a degree in classical French cuisine. It is here that he became bilingual in both English and French. His in depth education made him a qualified baker, patisserie and chef at a very young age. Yoann then studied and worked in Paris and South of France for 5 years. His experience includes working in a Michelin Star restaurant and an upscale delicatessen specialized in Organic food. He is highly trained in a variety of different cuisines such as but not limited to: French, Italian and Asian. Yoann has extensive experience in catering high end villas, private planes and luxury yachts. His talents have led him to be the head chef at Provence Restaurant for the last 2 years.
Yoann Vernice | Head Chef
Paul was born in Cebu, Philippines and trained as a Chef and Pastry Chef. He arrived in Providenciales in 2009, with over 20 years of experience. Paul and Chef Eric worked together at The Beaches Resort in the French Village in 2010. Paul is classically trained in French cuisine but also brings a lot of his Asian background and techniques to Provence. He often takes care of our high end private villa program.