The Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience

An outstanding 6th annual Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience, radically different in style this time, with great friends Tom Kerridge and Claude Bosi coming out to Courmayeur not only with their chef teams, but also with their families!

Tom learned to ski for the first time under the watchful eye of Mont Blanc and has discovered a new passion! The 2 families also enjoyed gaining the skills to drive a team of dogs and sled in the picturesque Val Veny.

For the guests who attended this year’s experience though, 3 amazing dinners, starting with an evening at the Grand Hotel Royal & Golf to spend quality time with all the chefs, a tasting dinner prepared by the hotel’s up and coming young Italian chef Paolo Griffa, who prepared a stunning meal.

During the day, guests enjoyed personal ski guiding in sunshine and tried the gorgeous mountain restaurants with their quality rustic cuisine.

The tasting dinner at La Chaumière, accessible only by cable car and snowmobile, turned out to be a true mirror of the chefs’ UK cuisine, an amazing feat at altitude and hosted by Alessandra Demoz, the owner, as well as chef Claudio Brigati’s kitchen & team: from boar demi pie to celeriac and truffle terrine, incredible quail to beef with oysters, caviar and beef jam, finishing in mountain style with a dessert prepared by all the chefs together, the Monte Bianco. All the dishes prepared together in an alchemy of the different styles.

For the first time, Tom and Claude, together with Paolo Griffa, were also hosted by Momentum Ski for a Q & A session in the historic centre of Courmayeur free for all to attend, outside the Grand Hotel Royal & Golf on Saturday afternoon.

Last but definitely not least, the rustic sharing dinner at Rifugio Maison Vieille started with canapés created by the chefs with the best local cheeses and meats from the Aosta Valley, outside in the snow in front of Mont Blanc. This was followed by a joyful journey for the taste buds with Cornish fish soup, Foie gras & apple pork terrine, Chicken langoustine pie and Tom’s amazing slow cooked lamb, this time hosted by refuge owner Giacomo Calosi and his team, illuminated by the moon, with dancing until the last exhilarating snowmobile ride down to the cable car at 2am.

Tom and Claude have promised to come back, so stay tuned for the 7th Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience 2020!

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