The ninth edition of Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron, with chefs Noëlle and David Faure as godmother and godfather, begins in apotheosis with a high gastronomy dinner concocted by Maîtres Restaurateurs.
The inauguration of Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron 2020 was hosted by the young Maîtres Restaurateurs of the Alpes Maritimes. Rewarded with a state label consecrating the excellence of their cooking talents, six Maîtres Restaurateurs have orchestrated a dinner of exceptional quality at the Salle Rovery in Auron, in the presence of the godmother and godfather, chefs Noëlle and David Faure from SensÔriel in Nice. As part of an educational project, the students from the Lycée Paul Augier in Nice brilliantly prepared and served the chefs’ recipes.
Memorable culinary experiences
With the sumptuous, pristine mountains of the Mercantour as a backdrop, Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron is a gastronomic event in Auron, Saint Etienne de Tinée and St Dalmas Le Selvage. From 18th to 24th January 2020, the Mountain Gastronomy Festival – 9th edition – offers gastronomic meals at the unique and privileged price of 45€ in the resort’s restaurants, with numerous culinary events and show cooking by chefs at the ice rink during 5 to 7 gourmet get-togethers. During the festival, prestigious chefs perform real gastronomic feats every evening by making dinners on “pianos” that were previously unknown to them. A duo of talented great chefs and pastry chefs from the French Riviera offers an authentic moment of sharing culinary pleasures and conviviality with the inhabitants of the Haute Tinée and holidaymakers.
Unforgettable gala by Maîtres Restaurateurs!
This year, Michel Guillot, President of the Tourist Office of the Tinée Resorts and organizer of Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron, brought together five young Maîtres Restaurateurs from the Alpes Maritimes, represented by Théo Mansi, their President. After delighting the public’s taste buds at the inauguration of Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron on the central square, the Maîtres Restaurateurs orchestrated a sumptuous gala dinner for 100 guests at the Salle Rovery. The Maîtres Restaurateurs’ recipes were prepared and served with brio by the students from the Lycée Paul Augier, as part of an educational project.
The Maîtres Restaurateurs are wonderful!
In the presence of Colette Fabron, Mayor of Auron, and the couple who sponsored the culinary event, Noëlle and David Faure, the five exceptional chefs delighted the palate of gourmets by composing a menu of creative masterpieces, with local flavours, combining simplicity and modernity in finely composed dishes: Guillaume Arragon (Le Bistrot Gourmand – Cannes), Stéphane Furlan (Le Sansot – Tourrettes sur Loup), Mathieu Allinéi (Le Bistrot du Port – Golfe Juan), Jérôme Clavel (Le 44 – Antibes), Aurélien Nourry (Le Millésime – Nice).
The Maîtres Restaurateurs’ menu (photos YesICannes.com)
Guillaume Arragon: Mise en bouche – Lerins Island sea urchins, Chestnut Emulsion, Candied Lemon
Starter: Stéphane Furlan – Pomponette oc crab and Lobster with Coriander, Chlorophyll Juice
Domaine de Rimauresq – Cuvée La Rebelle 2018
Fish: Mathieu Allinéi – Mullet in Marine Steam, à la cuillère Head, Skin Chips and White Vegetables, Bourride Bouillon
Domaine de Rimauresq – Quintessence White 2018
Granite Chartreuse Millenium
Meat: Jérôme Clavel – Candied shoulder of Alpine Lamb, Salsify and Beetroot and Juice with Timut Pepper
Maison Gabriel Meffre – Gigondas Domaine de Longue Toque 2015 – Magnum
Dessert: Aurélien Nourry – Valrhona Grand Cru Chocolate Hull, Chestnut Cream, Fir Chiboust, Chocolate Dacquoise, Fir Ice Cream, Quosentis Natural Extracts.
Mignardises: the delicious Macaroons of Mic Mac Macaroons by Bruno Laffargue
The students at Lycée Paul Augier are wonderful!
For this first gala dinner on the theme of La Cuisine Spectacle to open the festival, the recipes of the chefs Maîtres Restaurateurs were implemented and served by the students from the Lycée Paul Augier, the Hotel and Tourism School in Nice, under the aegis of their headmaster, Denis Férault, and three teachers. Around fifty gastronomy students worked in the kitchen and in the dining room to create an exceptional gastronomic dinner where open space furnace and entertainment made the dinner “La Cuisine Spectacle” unforgettable. It was the feeling of the Mayor Colette Fabron who described this dinner as “moments of pure happiness”!
The Maîtres Restaurateurs’ dinner included prestigious partners in the field of wines and spirits. As an aperitif, Champagne Philipponnat was served by three sommeliers from the Lycée Paul Augier in Nice. The red nectar of Domaine de Gabriel Meffre accompanied the meat: Gigondas Domaine de Longue Toque 2015. The wines from Domaine de Rimauresq Rosé and White subtly accompanied the chefs’ dishes.
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 resort of Auron at an altitude of 1,600 m, offers a 135 km ski area over 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 entertainment, the festival Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron brings a gastronomic touch, highlighting the winter, the summits and local produce.
At the end of the sumptuous gastronomic dinner of the Maîtres Restaurateurs, a teacher from the Lycée Paul Augier, Claude Desquien, offered the guests a surprise gift: a superb interpretation of the unforgettable Edith Piaf‘s Milord.
Les Chefs au Sommet d’Auron
From 18 to 24 January 2020
Restaurants in Auron, St Etienne de Tinée and St Dalmas Le Selvage
Information: Auron Tourist Office +33 (0)4 93 23 02 66
Chefs au Sommet d’Auron, the Maîtres Restaurateurs Dinner in pictures
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