In 2001, as a newly qualified chef, Colagreco headed to France and took an internship with Bernard Loiseau, where he remained as demi-chef de partie until Loiseau's death in 2003.
He then worked in Paris and held the positions of sous-chef de cuisine to Alain Passard at l'Arpège, demi-chef de partie at Alain Ducasse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée, finally spending a year at Le Grand Véfour.
In 2006, Colagreco established Mirazur in Menton in an unusual 1950's Modernist building with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Its south facing position enables Colagreco to grow an abundance of citrus fruits and harvest avocados.
Combined with a repertoire of over 250 fresh local herbs and flowers, these simple ingredients form the basis of so many of Colagreco's dishes, which beautifully fuse Modern French cuisine with Asian flavours and are dictated by the freshest produce available at the daily markets. With the Italian border just 30m from his front door, Colagreco has the pick of the markets on the Ligurian coast in Italy and the Côte d'Azur in France. In a quest to encourage diners to taste the raw purity of his dishes, Colagreco keeps things simple, expressing his skill through the marriage and combination of superb ingredients.
Just six months after opening, Colagreco received the ‘Revelation of the Year' award, a brand new category to recognize his merits, from Gault Millau and in less than a year, his first Michelin star.