It's probably safe to say that the more famous a person is, the more likely that person is to seek a peaceful and very private refuge. So although regulars on the Caribbean island of Mustique include Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, David and Serena Linley (who stay in the house that David's mother, Princess Margaret, built years ago) and Maguy Le Coze, there are only three restaurants. The island's social life is centered around small barefoot dinners at home--casual but rarely easy in a remote spot where getting provisions is expensive and chancy.
An island was a natural place for Maguy Le Coze, the co-owner of the four-star restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, and her brother and partner Gilbert (who died in 1994 at the age of 48) to seek tranquillity. They were brought up in their parents' small hotel in a fishing village in Brittany, and the sea shaped their lives. By the early 1970s, when the two were in their twenties, they had already opened their first restaurant, in Paris, where Gilbert quickly became renowned for his innovative ways with seafood. "A wild thing swimming in the water, now that's passionant!" he would say, as his sister relates in the just-published Le Bernardin Cookbook (Doubleday), which she wrote with the restaurant's award-winning executive chef and co-owner, Eric Ripert.
Gilbert called Mustique "Brittany in the Sun." The house that he and Maguy built there in 1989 is a fresh white villa, open to a ravishing Caribbean view. They designed the kitchen with entertaining in mind--frequent houseguests, dinners for as many as 12--and equipped it with a custom-made La Cornue stove from France and a professional Traulsen refrigerator and freezer adapted for the island's voltage.