Impressionen des Great BMW Gourmet Finale am St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2019 in St. Moritz, am 19. Januar 2019. (PPR/Witwinkel/David Hubacher)

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2019: 11th to 19th January

Highly elegant festival conclusion at the Suvretta House – with 4,200 guests in all, the cult festival once again met with great approval

During the past nine days, as part of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, international star chefs from Europe and Asia, interacting with the excellent local chefs from the festival’s partner hotels, have provided culinary rock ’n’ roll in the Upper Engadine. Last night, the Great BMW Gourmet Finale, the crowning conclusion of the festival, was celebrated at Suvretta House. For more than a quarter of a century, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival has lived up to its reputation of being one of the ultimate culinary events throughout Europe. Once again in the Upper Engadine, guests and professionals from the international fine dining scene alike, were enthralled by the joint masterly performances of ten top-class guest chefs and the multi-award-winning Executive Chefs from the partner hotels. The star chefs have also been impressed by the uniqueness of this culinary event: “I was very curious to participate in this festival, about which I had heard so much. My friend Julien Royer from Singapore, who had participated as a guest chef last year, had set up the connection with Fabrizio Zanetti. My expectations have been confirmed: it was very interesting to meet so many other chefs and an excellent opportunity to present my typical dishes from the Caprice in Hong Kong here in St. Moritz”, are the words of Guillaume Galliot. The three-star chef was guest chef at Suvretta House this year,hosted by Executive Chef Fabrizio Zanetti, who was also directly responsible for the culinary organisation of the festival. “We have been very fortunate to have had such excellent guest chefs here, who have perfectly harmonized with the local chefs, culinarily and humanly. They all did a splendid job. Thanks to everybody’s assistance, it has been a very successful festival with lots of positive feedback from a remarkably international audience. We all very much look forward to the 2020 festival!” said Fabrizio Zanetti.

Alongside Guillaume Galliot from Hong Kong, the star chefs Sergio Herman from the Netherlands, Manish Mehrotra from India, Philippe Mille from France and Sven Wassmer from Switzerland, as well as Nicolai Nørregaard from Denmark, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre from Belgium, twins Thomas & Mathias Sühring from Bangkok and Mingoo Kang from South Korea all delighted connoisseurs from all over the world with their highly contrasting culinary skills at more than 40 festival events. One spectacular enjoyment experience followed the next – beginning with the Grand Julius Baer Opening at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, which was sold out well in advance and was followed by six incredible evenings featuring Gourmet Dîners and Gourmet Safaris, as well as the Kitchen Party at the mid-point of the festival, which was also sold out and featured all ten international guest chefs and the local Executive Chefs cooking at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Two Michelin star chef Nicolai Nørregaard from the Kadeau in Copenhagen was raving: “The Kitchen Party with around 300 guests was a superb, most intense
experience! The ambiance was fantastic, and the enthusiasm of the guests was simply incredible. In my eyes, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival is by far the best! There were so many highlights and exceptional encounters, I have never had an experience like this before at any other culinary event in the world”.

Moreover, the special events – Ecco Tavolata at the Hotel Giardino Mountain, Mountain Brunch at the CheCha Restaurant & Club, the “Feel Limitless” VALSER-Dinner at Waldhaus Sils, and Chocolate Cult at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, were all particularly well received. Furthermore, the exclusive champagne and wine events Fascination Champagne and Tuscan Master Wines at Suvretta House, Celestial Wines at Waldhaus Sils and the evenings under the motto Wine & Cheese Celebration at Hotel Steffani, were very well attended. The Tasting,
at the Carlton Hotel, saw many visitors take the opportunity of sampling exquisite drinks and delicacies offered by the festival sponsors. The expectations of the festival’s organisers have been confirmed, “It has been shown that the symbiosis of the high-class international cookery skills of our guest chefs with the excellent quality of the local Executive Chefs launch a display of veritable culinary fireworks. During the past nine days, we have experienced an unforgettable St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2019”, said Martin Scherer, president of the festival.

A glamorous conclusion of the festival was celebrated last night with 180 guests at the Great BMW Gourmet Finale in Suvretta House. To start with, at the champagne reception, the local chefs created just the right atmosphere with their exquisite appetizers ahead of the spectacular gala dinner prepared by the international guest chefs. The culinary delights were accompanied by the finest matching wines. The excellent mood of the guests was atmospherically accentuated by “Ladies in Tune” and their live band providing classical swing sounds from the 40s and the 50s. Presenter Annina Campell charmingly compered the evening. Rapturous applause came from the audience of guests at the announcement and award presentation for Yanik Suter, winner of the “Young Engadine Talents” competition. The cookery apprentice in his third year of training with Executive Chef Dario Cadonau at the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau in Brail, received several prizes throughout the evening, among them a period of training with Swiss master chef Sven Wassmer at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Bad Ragaz (GaultMillau “Newcomer of the Year 2018”). Runner-up Luca Pollak from the Hotel Giardino Mountain, and the third placed Jannik Moser, cookery apprentice at Hotel Waldhaus Sils, were also announced and presented with their awards in front of the wider audience on the final evening.
The highlight of the glittering evening was the presentation of the diplomas and special gifts to the guest chefs and local Executive Chefs by Paul de Courtois, President & CEO of BMW (Schweiz) AG, festival title sponsor & official car.

The date of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2020 will be announced in the near future.
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