Loïc Barnieu

LoicWhen Chef Loïc Barnieu isn’t portraying the French Patriot Marquis de Lafayette for the American Historic Theatre touring the East coast, he can usually be found creating a savory entrée at one of his four downtown Media, Pennsylvania, restaurants, including Picasso Restaurant and Bar, La Belle Époque Wine Bistro, and Diego’s Cantina and Tequila Bar.

Loïc arrived in Media by way of Burgundy, France where he grew up cooking under his grandfathers, one a bakery owner the other a chef. When he wasn’t busy practicing the trade, he pursued his other passion of acting. Shortly after high school, Loïc moved to Paris and enrolled in theatre school, worked in production for a French television network, and appeared in numerous plays. After arriving in Philly, Barnieu quickly picked up the English language and even became involved in the Philadelphia theatre scene.

His restaurants have received numerous accolades throughout the years, including Best Restaurant and Best French Restaurant from Main Line Today (La Belle Époque). The publication recently deemed Sterling Pig Brewery, which opened in the summer of 2015, the “beacon of barbeque in Media.”