Chefs David Kinch, Joshua Skenes, Hiroshi Nakamichi and Michel Troisgros Headline Third Annual Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest, a four-day foodie extravaganza, returns for its third delicious year February 25-28, 2016 with four Relais & Chateaux three star Michelin chefs in attendance for the kick-off event.
GourmetFest was founded in 2014 by L’Auberge Carmel‘s proprietor David Fink, the original founder of the Masters of Food & Wine in 1987. Now in its third year, the Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest has become a tour de force in the food and wine festival circuit.
Chefs Justin Cogley and Ron Mendoza of Aubergine host this year’s participating Relais & Chateaux chefs: Brian Etheredge (Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii), David Kinch and Stephanie Prida (Manresa), Loic Leperlier (The Point Resort, Saranac Lake, New York), Mark Lundgaard (Kong Hans Kaelder, Copenhagen, Denmark), Hiroshi Nakamichi (Restaurant Moliere), Nathan Rich (Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont), Olivier and Hugo Roellinger (Les Maison de Bricourt), Hans Sauter (Post Hotel & Spa, Alberta, Canada), Josh Skenes (Saison), Michel and Cesar Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros), and Matt Zubrod (The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado).
Established in 1954, Relais & Chateaux is an association of more than 540 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. Relais & Chateaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean.
More than 15 Relais & Chateaux chefs will descend on Carmel-by-the-Sea, California for 18 gastronomic events, from a “strolling Route du Bonheur” Taste of the World to cooking demos in the State-of-the-Art Gaggenau Demo Kitchen. A 10-course rarities dinner feast is prepared by three Relais & Chateaux three star Michelin chefs: David Kinch (Manresa, Los Gatos, California), Joshua Skenes (Saison, San Francisco), and Michel Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France). Hiroshi Nakamichi (Restaurant Molière, Sapporo, Japan) brings his own three star Michelin talents to the rarities lunch.
The 2016 Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest is sponsored by Visa, BMW, Gaggenau, Blancpain, FOUR Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, L’Auberge Carmel, Le Creuset, Nespresso, Taylor Fladgate and Valrhona.
In addition to the four-day event, the festival’s online auction – benefiting the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, CSU Monterey Bay hospitality program and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – features visits to some of Relais & Chateaux‘s most extraordinary properties.