Join world-class chefs Jonny Lake and Jean-Philippe Blondet for a long weekend of Michelin-starred mountain feasts in the picturesque Italian alps
Calling all fine dining lovers. Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy has announced the return of the 8th Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience, taking place from 16th to 19th March 2023. Created by Momentum Ski’s Amin Momen and Heston Blumenthal, this foodie event has a renowned and well-deserved reputation for attracting outstanding chefs to the ski resort of Courmayeur – treating guests to exceptional dishes and snow-fuelled activities alongside.
2023 will be no exception and will celebrate the return of the highly anticipated ski season in style – playing host to Canadian chef Jonny Lake, previously executive head chef of the 3* Michelin restaurant The Fat Duck and now the chef and co-owner of Michelin starred Trivet, an exceptional restaurant in London. Jean-Philippe Blondet, 3* Michelin Executive Chef at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will also be headlining for an added dose of gourmet talent.
An incredible opportunity for fans of both ski and culinary delights alike, both chefs will be joined by co-owner of Trivet Isa Bal, one of the world’s leading sommeliers and winner of the Michelin Sommelier award for 2022. With one chef creating dishes inspired by upscale French classic cuisine, and the other showing a passion for international favourites, guests will experience the finest in Michelin-starred cooking.
Courmayeur is situated on the Italian side of Mont Blanc and is a traditional yet sophisticated resort full of history and charm and surrounded by spectacular scenery. Working with local chefs, the Michelin starred line up will create an incredible offering for the Gourmet Ski Experience. A unique addition to Courmayeur’s annual culinary month of Peak of Taste, the two come together to offer guests a refined taste of the Aosta Valley.
The centre of the village is car-free offering superb shopping, world-class restaurants and bars, a fantastic choice of accommodation for all budgets and a fabulous après-ski scene. World-class dining options abound in Courmayeur helping the resort to earn quite a reputation among foodies.
Highlights include the hearty, local Valle d’Aosta cuisine, delicious local Mont Blanc wines, an abundance of local produce and traditional, alpine dishes. Courmayeur is ideal for skiers and non-skiers alike with a wide range of activities on offer such as snowshoeing and fat biking – as well as plenty of experiences for families and foodies alike.
Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience: Thursday 16th March – Sunday 19th March 2023
The itinerary of Gourmet Ski will include meet and greets with the chefs, skiing and lunch experiences on the mountains and dinner by candlelight right on the slopes. This year, the flexible programme continues, with the weekend offering a flexible format so guests can curate their perfect experience, with all dinners available to book separately, plus accommodation, flights and transfers as potential add-ons to suit different budgets.
During the day, guests can make full use of all the activities on offer at the resort from dogsledding to skiing and snowshoeing.
Thursday 16th March – Caffe Della Posta
Visitors will be welcomed at the historic and iconic Caffè della Posta on the pedestrian via Roma for a relaxed get together with the chefs, Light refreshments with wine pairings will be served by the fireside.
Friday 17th March – Les Dames Anglaises – “London Meets the Mountains Signature tasting dinner”
Jonny Lake and Jean Philippe-Blondet will treat guests to an incredible dining experience at new slope side restaurant, Les Dames Anglaises. An enchanting alpine chalet and new restaurant on the Courmayeur scene, characteristic yet modern and refined in style, with a cuisine that blends the simplicity of tradition with innovation, through the vision of Andrea Matteotti.
This six-course tasting experience will showcase the London starred chefs’ signature dishes in a timelessly elegant setting with wine pairings by Isa Bal, accompanied by snowmobile transfers to and from the restaurant
Saturday 18th March – Les Dames Anglaises – “Michelin Starred Mountain Festa”
A completely different festive experience, with a rustic and original local twist for this festa evening, with a four course tasting menu of dishes inspired by the local traditions prepared by Jean-Philippe and Jonny, Sicilian olive oil tasting and gift, mixology by Valentina Bianco of Cocktail bar La Bouche in Courmayeur and a live DJ set to complete the proceedings.