His grandmother once told him…
“Once you work in a restaurant, it becomes your second home. You’ll be spending more time there than here.”
She was right. Jérôme Ferrer just turned 40, but he’s been cooking for 30+ years. He started helping his grandmother prepare family meals as a child, and he already knew then that his relationship with food would become a lifelong commitment.
He and childhood friends and now partners, Ludovic Delonca and Patrice De Felice, all hospitality management graduates, decided to go into business together. Proactive and relentlessly focused on elevating their passion and profession to the next level, the three complemented each other and eventually fulfilled their dream of opening their own restaurant.
They named it Europea, and using their Spanish, Italian and Catalan roots as their muse, they concocted techno-emotional cuisine that provided patrons with a uniquely fresh culinary experience. The restaurant quickly became a required destination. The Société des Chefs, Pâtissiers et Cuisiniers du Québec, the newspapers Le Devoir and Journal de Montréal, and the Debeur restaurant guide named Europea “Restaurant of the Year” in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Jérôme Ferrer was awarded the title of Chef of the Year by the Société des chefs du Québec, and he became a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.
In 2012, Europea was ranked among TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 10 restaurants in the world, and in 2014, it climbed to the #2 spot.
In 2013, Europea was inducted into the GRANDES TABLES DU MONDE, a select association of 166 of the finest restaurants from 24 countries, spanning 5 continents.
The Europea group and its owners arrived in Québec in October 2001, so it’s been 14 years since they opened their first establishment here. Over the years, they opened Espace Boutique Europea, the Beaver Hall brasserie, and the Andiamo restaurant. Ferrer also opened Birks Café and Café Grévin with his close friend Francis Reddy. A catering service was added to the operations in 2012. In 2013, Ferrer bought several acres of vineyard from his cousin that once belonged to his father. He created a wine estate and called it “La terre de mon père.” He already has some bottles on the market. In 2015, he opened the Cellier du Roi, a chic countryside restaurant located at the upscale Royal Bromont golf club and whose European cuisine is sourced from locally-grown products. Later that same year, in October, he opened Chez Jerry par Europea, a snack bar also specializing in food farmed locally, paving the way to his province-wide franchise business. Starting in summer 2016, Ferrer’s Europea Mobile and Jerry Mobile food trucks will be hitting the streets of Greater Montréal and festivals across Québec.
Jérôme Ferrer sums up his philosophy in one sentence:
“Don’t dream about your life. Live your dreams.”
Welcome to Jérôme Ferrer’s unique gastronomic world!