Suitably themed around the island’s French traditions, this year’s festival sees 9 Michelin-rated guest chefs will all work together with the executive chefs of the island’s most exclusive hotels and restaurants to create a festival to be remembered.
In celebration of the festival,Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de Francewill be hosting one of these celebrated chefs, Arnaud Donckele, head chef of La Vague d’Or in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.Arnaud was only 35 when he became the youngest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars. He started his career with Michel Guérard and Alain Ducasse before becoming the right-hand of Jean-Louis Nomicos at Lasserre, a landmark of Parisian gastronomy. These early experiences bestowed him with technical mastery, a foundation of discipline and confirmed his immense passion for cooking. In 2016 Gault et Millau applauded his talent with a five Toques distinction and a rating of 19/20.
For this year’s Gourmet Festival, Arnaud will be focusing on the aesthetics of his region – bringing a touch of Provence to St. Barth. Together with the Maison’s head chef, Yann Vinsot, Arnaud will be serving a limited edition dinner menu at La Case de l’Isle inspired by the Cote d’Azur serving dishes such asZitone pasta with truffled foie gras and a mountain parmesan gratin, Purple artichokes braised in basilandThyme flower granite, Florentine fennel sorbet and a serving of absinthe at the table.
As well as delighting in Arnaud’s cooking, guests staying at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France will be able to enjoy special experiences and events inspired by the Riviera’s famed village of Saint-Tropez, such as the familiar smell of lavender that Provence is well known for and daily screenings of vintage photography showcasing Saint-Tropez. On arrival and every night guests will also find Provencal themed treats such as calisson or tarte tropezienne with more surprises throughout the stay.
Additional visiting chefs to St. Barth – Christian Le Squer, Virginie Basselot, Fabien Lefebvre, Christophe Saintage, Gilles Marchal, Guy Martin, Sylvestre Wahid, Jérôme Banctel – will host special dinners throughout the island.
Find additional information on the festival please visitwww.tasteofstbarthgourmetfestival.com