Owners Nicolas and Debbie Devic
At the tender age of 15, Nicolas enrolled in catering school in Souillac, in the south of France, where he acquired the fundamentals of French cooking. Gaining rich experience, he trained all over the country. From the sophistication of the capital, Paris and south-western city of Toulouse, he moved further afield to London and Monaco.
Upon graduating with three highly regarded diplomas, Nicolas worked in Alain Ducasse’s restaurants in glamorous locations such as St Tropez, Monaco and Paris. It was at his final post at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, that his expertise rose to new heights. Emboldened, he left the company in 2006 to travel abroad and seek new challenges. Later that year, Nicolas arrived in Cairns, having been offered the position of head chef at C’est Bon.
A few years later, despite loving Cairns, the lifestyle, job and girlfriend Debbie, he was lured to Sydney, but soon realised he had made a huge mistake. Attempts to return to Cairns were foiled by visa restrictions and he was given just a month to leave the country.
Next stop Dubai and an exciting role at the glittering Royal Mirage offering challenges including managing the catering for more than a thousand guests at a time. After three years in Dubai, rising to Number Two position among 140 chefs, Nicolas was finally allowed back to Australia to join Debbie, who had become his wife and the couple’s dream came true in 2011 when they bought C’est Bon.
Today, with Debbie running the office and family, while Nicolas graces the dining room floor welcoming guests and serving, as well as keeping a highly trained eye on all aspects of the business, including the kitchen where he still plays the role of executive chef keeping a close eye on his team’s work.
Over the years, C’est Bon has become one of the city’s best-loved restaurants. Nicolas’ wealth of experience in every aspect of fine dining ensures the establishment continues to strive for perfection and Cairns’ iconic French restaurant is stronger than ever.
Our staff introduce themselves:
Kevin Gabsi, Restaurant Manager
Born and raised in Paris, I was in the right place to gain a lot of knowledge in hospitality which I have gained for 10 years in 5 stars Group like Lucien Barriere Hotel & Casino .After such rich experience, I knew I was lacking one fundamental element on my resumé: Speaking English properly.
Cairns was my obvious choice, so in 2011, I have joined Nicolas & Debbie’s team at c’est bon to contribute in bringing the restaurant where it’s at today. To back up my resumé and also because it was a visa requirement, I graduated from Hospitality School with an internationally recognised diploma.
Since 2015, I am a proud Australian permanent resident and manage the restaurant on every aspect but my focus remains the customer and making sure you are being looked after will be my ultimate goal. I recently completed a wine training called WSET Level 2 allowing me to share that knowledge with the customers.
My Team and I are dedicated to provide you with a unique, genuine and traditional French Experience, I want you to Seat, Relax, Enjoy the moment, do not worry about anything else but the company of the person you are dining with.
My Philosophy: Service is an Experience, result of a Communication. It is an Exchange, and goes both ways.
I look forward welcoming you like my Friends and family, and guarantee excellence in service like nowhere else in Cairns.
Alexandre Goyard – Executive Chef
I Grew up in Nice which is situated in the French Riviera.
I got the chance to be influenced by the best Mediterranean produces which is a subtle blend of French & Italian culture creating the famous Cuisine Nicoise.
Freshly graduated from “Paul Augier” Catering school, I joined the team of a small Italian restaurant for 2 years where I was educated on rigueur, work ethic, cooking philosophy and discipline. My passion for cooking was born.
My next move was along the team of Alain Ducasse in Monaco at the bar & boeuf restaurant to serve the rich and famous in a strict, rich and unbelievable environment.
After those 2 years, I decided to go overseas and did a short trip to theUK. Bristol & London were my stopover where I discovered a rich and unanticipated Anglo-Saxon cuisine. This triggered in me the wish to go even further so after a year and half , I flew to Saint-Barthélemy, French Caribbean island to develop my international cooking skills.
I did a few Month in Corsica before I left for Australia where after a little travel around, I have decided to settle in Cairns long term.
Today, I am the executive Chef at C’est Bon where I work Closely with Nicolas to offer you the best of French food in this idyllic part of the world.
Lina Passeti, Beverage Manager
People often remark on the fact I have worked at C’est Bon for such a long time. I always reply, “There is nowhere else in Cairns I would rather work”.
I am a local with an extensive background in hospitality. Over many years I have worked everywhere from the high end, to some very casual establishments, filling many roles in both front and back of house.
My European heritage has instilled a love of food and wine. It is just such a natural part of my life that hospitality was always a very easy fit for me.
I recently completed a wine training called WSET Level 2 allowing me to share that knowledge with the customers and guide them towards the wine they are looking for.
i have been working at C’est bon for the past 10years and met Nicolas when he first moved in, in 2006 as a head chef for c’est bon. today, i am proud to be part of his team and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.