The inauguration of the eighth edition of the Chefs au Sommet d’Auron, with the godmother Virginie Basselot, ended with a high gastronomy diner with six MOF chefs.
An inauguration of the Chefs au Sommet d’Auron 2019 under the sign of the chefs MOF! Representing the excellence of the profession of cook, five Meilleur Ouvrier de France have prepared a dinner of exceptional quality at the restaurant Les Pivotes in Auron, in the presence of the godmother, the chef MOF Virginie Basselot, executive chef of the Hotel Négresco in Nice.
Memorable culinary experiences
With the sumptuous pristine mountains of the Mercantour as a backdrop, the Chefs au Sommet d’Auron is a gastronomic event in Auron, Saint Etienne de Tinée and Saint Dalmas Le Salvage. From January 19 to 25, 2019, the Festival of Mountain Gastronomy – 8th edition – proposes gastronomic meals at the unique and privileged price of 45€ in the restaurants of the station with numerous culinary animations and chefs’ show cooking at the rink. During the festival, prestigious chefs perform every evening real gastronomic feats by performing dinners on “pianos” that were previously unknown to them. A team of talented chefs and pastry chefs from the Côte d’Azur offers an authentic moment of sharing culinary pleasures and conviviality with the inhabitants of Haute Tinée and holidaymakers.
An unforgettable MOFs dinner!
Bringing together a bunch of five MOF chefs to concoct a dinner in the iconic Mercantour resort is a feat, an exceptional challenge accomplished by Michel Guillot, President of the Tourist Office of the Tinée Resorts and organizer of the Chefs au Sommet d’Auron! Indeed, after having feasted the taste buds of the public at the inauguration of the gastronomy festival on the central square, the MOFs found themselves in the kitchen of the hotel restaurant L’Ecureuil, Les Pivotes, for the inauguration dinner. In the presence of Colette Fabron, Mayor of Saint Etienne de Tinée-Auron and the godmother of the culinary event, the chef MOF Virginie Basselot, the five exceptional chefs delighted the gourmets’ palate by composing a menu of masterpieces of creativity, with flavors from the terroir, combining simplicity and modernity in finely composed plates.
The dishes signed by the MOF
Didier Anies (Le Fairmont, Monaco): Sea Bream Marinade with Spirulina and Grapefruit
Luc Gamel (L’Hermitage, Monaco): Velouté and Salpicon of Lobster with Truffle, Creamy Diablotin
Jacques Rolancy (Le Rolancy’s): grilled Fillet of Trout from La Siagne, Beignets flavored wit Hay, Génépi and smoked Alpine Milk, Parsley juice
Jean-Marc Delacourt (JMD Conseils): Lamb Gourmandise with Southern Flavors, Barigoule Artichokes, Fennel Fondant, Small Capers and Olives in a Short Jus
Eric Finon (Maison Lenôtre): Chocolate, Chestnut, Pear like a slalom
The MOF chefs’ dinner has included prestigious partners in the field of wines and spirits. The tasting of the wines was done with the advice of Victor Delpierre, World Champion Barista/Cocktails, creator of the official cocktail of Auron: Le Riounet, tasted as an aperitif with Philipponnat Champagnes. The nectars of Domaine de Gabriel Meffre accompanied the dishes: Côtes du Rhône Blanc Domaine de Longue Toque 2017, Gigondas Domaine de Longue Toque 2014, Châteauneuf Laurus 2009 Domaine de Gabriel Meffre. The guest had their appetite revived by a Granite of Brandy of Nero Makes Spirit . With the dessert was served a remarkable Whiskey, the Nectar Grove from Kingsbarns distilleries. On the tables enthroned, haloed by a warm light, the candle version of the cocktail Le Riounet, created by Victor Delpierre in association with Arnaud Belly from Ice Candle, rechargeable candles for life.
Auron, a village ski resort
Less than an hour and a half from the Côte d’Azur, at the gateway to the Mercantour National Park, the Auron resort at 1,600 m altitude, offers a ski area of 135 km on 4 sectors: Las Donnas, Sauma Long, Demandols and Lieuson, with 43 tracks, including 9 black, 15 red, 16 blue and 3 green. For a holiday that harmoniously combines skiing, conviviality, relaxation, authenticity and activities, Auron’s Les Chefs au Sommet festival is bringing a gastronomic touch highlighting the winter, the summits and local products.
The Hotel L’Écureuil, hazelnuts of charm and gourmandise
In the heart of the popular resort of Auron, Princess Stephanie of Monaco‘s adoptive city, the three-star mountain hotel L’Écureuil has a warm chalet atmosphere, offering a friendly and attentive welcome all year round to savor a green mountain in summer and white one in winter. Every evening, the restaurant Les Pivotes comes alive around its wood stove (during winter evenings) and offers semi-gastronomic seasonal “à l’ardoise”cuisine, offering the great classics of mountain specialties but also the revisited dishes of our childhood. The hotel restaurant L’Ecureuil is directed by Michel Guillot, President of the Tourist Office of the Stations of the Tinée and organizer of the Chefs au Sommet d’Auron.
Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron
Du 19 au 26/01/2019
Restaurants in Auron, St Etienne de Tinée et St Dalmas-le-Selvage
Information: Office de Tourisme d’Auron
+33 (0)4 93 23 02 66
Chefs au Sommet d’Auron, the MOF Dinner in pictures
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