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Food Lab,
Social art and architecture


Photography by Claudine Boeglin

“I have an enormous pleasure – maybe selfish, to see people having fun out of a moment I have created. It’s better than sex, drugs or anything else.”
Marwan Badran, British Iraqi artist and pioneer chef in fusion cuisine

Spacious and elegant, Chateau Engalin is a 18th century residence with a pool and a newly launched food lab in Gascony, South West France.

The contemporary mas is close to fortified villages and local markets. The space is modular for hosting experiences. To celebrate a significant event, the residence can be hired entirely and sleeps 22 adults with easy access to other nearby accommodations.

From July onward, Chateau Engalin turns into a chilled escape from digital and urban worlds, for people coming solo, in couple, as family, or with friends. The six bedrooms in the barn are offered primarily to Airbnb guests to discover the region and the food lab experiences. Breakfast is included and full access will be given to the chateau for film projections in the evening, and lazy afternoons around the pool.

The food lab envisioned and orchestrated by British Iraqi chef Marwan Badran, a pioneer of fusion cuisine in London of the 90s, will run workshops and Airbnb experiences along the Summer.

With his husband Jeremy – a British entrepreneur in the shipping industry, Marwan has designed Engalin as a generous and playful gem in picture-perfect South Europe. Their international friends who for most work in the creative industries, visit regularly and call Engalin ‘home’.
Food Lab, social art and architecture
Photography by Claudine Boeglin
© Dandy Vagabonds 2019