Hermes Top Chef Experience For the 11th Hermesence “Épice Marine”

Created exclusively for Hermès stores, the Hermessence collection reflects the creative freedom, the unique poetry and the consummate rigour of Hermès.

The 11th Hermessence named Épice Marine, A fragrance of spices cut through with the invigorating smell of the sea. Stimulating, elegant, contradictory.


“A fragrance from a meeting between a man who lives by taste and one who lives by his nose. A fragrance to discover smells of spices, rum, waxed wooden floors and smoked woods. A sort of escape inspired by the invigorating, stimulating smell of the Brittany coast. A pirate Hermessence.”

We had the chance to experience all these spices and smells, in a very family atmosphere in the kitchen of Top Chef studio. Prepared our own dinner from Amuse-Bouche (Maple syrup hatless egg), to starters (Bergamot poached shrimps & roasted scallops with black sesame on a bed of Nori Algae in a sea water jelly, a main course (chicken supreme in a spice crust, vanilla-infused tiger prawn bisque served with saffron-flavored confit potatoes, and to end if with a delicious dessert (coconut dacquoise, lemon curd topped with citrus segments & passion fruit caramel).

Spending few hours in the kitchen, exchanging and learning cooking epxeriences, touching and smelling all ingredients specially the spices, and finally to sit on a long lovely diner table, just makes you feel invited to the house of Hermes Family, and enjoy a dinner of Hermessence.


Thanks to the diverse creations of Jean-Claude Ellena, the in-house perfumer, the Hermessence collection offers women and men a generous freedom of choice. So many thanks to Myriam and Iman for the lovely hospitality and experience.

Today, Hermessence 11 Epice Marine, has a story for me, more than a perfume, a nice memory everytime I have it before heading to work, on travel, or any occasion. Close your eyes, enjoy the smell, and have a nice memory.