La Rencontre des Chefs 2016

Hello dear readers!

I wanted to share my experience at the Rencontre des Chefs 2016, held at the Beau-Rivage Geneva last March 14th. It was the first time I attended this type of event and I was very glad to discover the concept. This is the 4th edition of LRDC, the concept is mainly to gather talented chefs around one single event in order to discover them and their cooking through 2 dishes (starter and main). I reassure you, they are very small portions ūüôā

This time we had the honor to meet 5 Michelin Star Chefs, all based in Switzerland! I had already heard about all of them and certainly I had heard about the hotels that host their restaurants. I will present each of them and the dishes they shared with us during the evening.

If you like to discover new cuisines and are interested  in talking to chefs and sharing stories, it is a unique opportunity. I felt so honored  to be able to talk to all of them, exchange some words, stories, pictures and food (of course!) and discover more about their restaurant and inspirations. I even got some autographs :O!!

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Chef of the Year 2016 by Gault & Millau for his Restaurant Focus at Park Hotel Vitznau (5*)

  • 18/20 Points Gault & Millau
  • 2 Michelin Stars

What did he cook?

Starter –Beef Tartare with cabbage and sunflower seeds
Main – Salmon trout, with beetroot, raifort and fresh cream.

Impressions: After reading a little about his cuisine I discovered that he only uses local Swiss products to create his dishes, this is remarkable taking into consideration that it is a small country and that during some season it is not easy to find everything available.

Laurent Eperon

Laurent Eperon

Laurent Eperon

Head chef of Pavillon Restaurant at Baur au Lac Zurich (5*).

  • 17/20 Points Gault & Millau
  • 1 Michelin Star

What did he cook?

Starter – Langoustine with leek
Main – Celery and Bleu de Termingnon

Impressions: Traditional cuisine that enhances the natural flavor of the ingredients. His moto? Keep it simple.

 

 

Marcus G. Lindner

Marcus G. Lindner

Marcus G. Lindner

The Alpina Gstaad’s (5*) Executive Chef, Marcus G. Lindner, supervises each of the establishment’s three exceptional restaurants.

  • 1 Michelin Star for Le Sommet Restaurant¬†
  • 18/20¬†Points Gault & Millau¬†for Le Sommet Restaurant
  • 16/20 Points¬†Gault & Millau¬†for MEGU Restaurant¬†

What did he cook?

Starter РTuna, edamame, pumpkin, green lime and crispy asparagus. 
Main – Sucking-Pig with an onion tarte

Impressions:  Focused, precise and talented mixed of flavors.

 

 

 

 

Lionel Rodriguez

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Lionel Rodriguez

Head chef of the Restaurant les 3 Couronnes at the 5* Hotel with the same name at in Vevey

  • 15/20¬†Points Gault & Millau
  • 1 Michelin Star

What did he cook?

Starter –¬†Broad Whitefish from the Leman Lake marinated in citrus fruits, with artichoke and barigoule carrot. ¬†(Barigoule is a way of cooking the carrot not a type of carrot)
Main – Truffle tortellinini, old parmesan and mizuna salad.

Impressions: We can feel the South in his dishes with the type of cooking and the use of ingredients like artichoke and truffle and also the local influence of the Broad Whitefish.
NOTE – I am very excited to go there in the upcoming month!

 

 

Dominique Gauthier (Host Chef!)

Dominique Gauthier

Dominique Gauthier

Our dear Dominique Gauthier was there surprising everyone with his unique cuisine. In case you did not know he is the head Chef of Le Chat Botté restaurant at the Beau Rivage Geneva.

  • 18/20¬†Points Gault & Millau
  • 1 Michelin Star

What did he cook?

Starter РBlack soft boiled egg, green asparagus and truffle spaghetti.  РMy ♥ of the night.
Main – Black cod, Black radish, miso sauce

Impressions: It is definitely not the first time I try his cuisine, and I have to be honest that it is always impeccable! Not only the marriage of the  flavors, but also the presentation and the originality is spectacular. Never disappointed with Dominique Gauthier.

 

 

I had an amazing night, even if it was Monday and it was hard to wake up the next day ūüėČ LOL. No, really it is totally worth it, I would 100% recommend it to anyone loving food and also willing to meet talented and passionate chefs. Thanks to the event I was able to meet personally the chefs and being more curious about their restaurants and cooking, and I hope I will be able to organize some trips to visit their establishments!

Thank you Beau Rivage Geneva for hosting this great event for the 4th Edition  and for giving me the wonderful opportunity of meeting passionate and inspiring people. Looking forward for the next edition!

**All above pictures where taken by Lena Ka (she has an amazing food gallery, check her out) and owned by Beau Rivage, please request permission for usage**

 

 

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