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We are a community of passionate people gathering local talented professionals, artists, athletes, artisans… who share common values.

Whatever the field, our local insiders all have one thing in common: the will to share their passion and unveil the region’s best kept secrets to world travelers.


Priscille, is a woman of good taste! Whether she’s traveling through India, Vietnam or Thailand to search for fabrics, she always comes back to her pop boutique Dupont Dupont Store in Annecy. She shares the shop with fellow treasure hunter, Kateline, whose jewelry, accessories and decorative objects are 100% French. Priscille, a stylist with a style all her own, created Hysteriko in 2014 and makes unique pieces in the atelier in the back of her shop. This passionate design and sewing expert has so much to share!

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Priscille Portigliatti Creator and designer of the French brand HYSTERIKO Read more

Born in Thonon between the lake and the mountains, Stéphane chose early on to dive to the depths of Lake Léman rather than climb to the heights of Chabalais peaks. The runner-up world free diving champion, our very own Jean-Marc Barre and a true merman now lives near Lake Annecy. Stéphane not only practices and masters mindfulness, mediation and exploration, he also loves to share his insights with those who are curious about pushing the limits of what they can do.

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Stéphane Tourreau Freediver / Runner-up, World Champion Read more

Jean-Hugues is a true haut-savoyard. He loves the land, high-quality products and enjoys nature. Trained as a Sommelier at the Haute Ecole de Viticulture and in Oenologie at Changins in Switzerland, Jean-Hugues selects wine from small independent producers who cultivate in an organic, sustainable and responsible way.

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Jean-Hugues Recour aka Jano Sommelier / Wine sepcialist Read more

Self-taught and self made, this chef is passionate about all things cuisine. She was discovered three years ago when she hosted Annecy’s very first pop-up brunch in her living-room. Today, as head chef of Le Poulaillerrestaurant, Marion creates a generous, healthy and gourmet menu with a focus on fresh and local products

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This hyperactive chef produces fine, inventive and modern cuisine. We love his atypical career. He began as a graphic designer, until one day, after being a cast member on Masterchef Season 3, he had a revelation: he decided to become a chef. Cédric shares his recipes and his passion during cooking classes and also through various local media with his gourmet columns.

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Cédric Mouthon Chef and Masterchef Season 3 cast member Read more

The Gay family has been artisan cheese makers for four generations.

Pierre Gay, a well-known figure among locals, was even awarded for his know-how with the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2011. In his cellar, Pierre ages cheeses from the French land: Tomme des Bauges, Persillé de Tignes, Beaufort d’alpage, Reblochon des Aravis.

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At the age of 14, Alain Michel learned the craft of artisan cheese monger from his father, who learned from his father. Three generations later, it’s Alain who safeguards this artisanal heritage and secretly preserves the only remaining natural cheese cellar in Annecy. The quality of his cheeses is matched only by his friendly demeanour and the joy he feels as he shares his passion and his family’s history with the curious among you.

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The AG2R team, one of the best French teams, is also Savoyard! The truly exceptional Chambérienne team, led by Romain Bardet, winner of the stage of the 2017 Tour de France was founded on family values in 1992 by Vincent Lavenu. Today, the professional runner turned athletic director still works side by side with his family.

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Bernard Vissoud is one of those tireless enthusiasts and we love listening to him discuss his three favorite subjects: vineyards, wine and mountains. He is one of the pioneers of “wine tourism” in the Savoie region and with his atypical profile, a mountain guide trained in oenology, Bernard always has a story to tell. Whatever you do, don’t tell him that Savoie doesn’t make good wine! His response? Savoie is the unknown land of great wines with 25 unique grape varieties.

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Bernard Vissoud Oenologist / Mountain leader Read more

The De Certeau family inherited this magnificent and mysterious private castle that we have all come to know as Château de Duingt. Its real name is Châteauvieux. Hugues, our insider and host, is a lawyer by trade and in parallel, he launched an initiative to promote local heritage and open the doors to the castle — only for special occasions out of respect for this fragile place.

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Hugues De Certeau Castle owner Read more
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Tell us what your talent,

profession or passion is that you would like to

share with our travelers,

send an email to hello@thelocalbird.com


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Activ Mag

« Le concept a de quoi décontenancer. Réserver sa soirée sans savoir ce que l’on va manger, ni où, ni même avec qui ! Pour certains, cela relève carrément de l’aventure. Et c’est un peu ce que les magiciennes de l’instant ont voulu recréer. […] » Activ Mag, Gaëlle Tagliabue

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