How they began working together
The two chefs met in the kitchen of La Frégate, the Toulouse restaurant that Daniel ran for 20 years, where they worked together, found they shared the same approach to the profession and came up with a way of combining their talents and temperaments. With their combination of experience and spontaneity, it was inevitable that they would run a restaurant together, and Ô Saveurs was opened in 1998. It was also a success, named after the song Ô Toulouse by French singing legend Claude Nougaro.
Their wives and children (one in the case of David and two for Daniel) are all part of the Ô Saveurs adventure.
Their approach to cooking
The Gonzales/Biasibetti team's aim is to raise good basic produce to new heights through the use of simple ingredients, without ever combining too many flavours. For them, sophistication and imagination must be used not to denature the raw material but to reveal its full potential.
David's is chocolate, and Daniel's is fish and game.
Theirs is a village house typical of the sun-drenched Toulouse region, with reddish-brick walls, white shutters and a terrace of decorative-pebble paving where the tables are set out on sunny days. It's in Rouffiac-Tolosan, a small town with a discreet country charm just outside Toulouse, a Great Tourist Site in Midi-Pyrénées.
The chefs' suggestions
Their langoustine, foie gras and oyster mushroom fricassée; and also their parillade of fish a la plancha with olive oil and baby vegetables; and not forgetting their veal sweetbreads with morels and green asparagus.
Daniel's night-time inspiration
"At night my mind wanders and I think of flavours and textures that would go well together. My inspiration comes at night."
Their take on Midi-Pyrénées
Daniel says, "gastronomy is important in our region and features prominently here. We are lucky enough to have excellent produce all around us. Gastronomy is a key ingredient of Midi-Pyrénées."
The price of lunch at Ô Saveurs
From €25 (price of the 'Menu du marché' served on weekday lunchtimes).