Flying Chefs: Experience a Michelin-starred private dinner in a luxury chalet this ski seasonCultureFood & DrinksNews & features
Last night Scott Dunn launched Flying Chefs, a new culinary bespoke experience for the 2017/18 ski season. This exclusive service allows the privileged guests of the luxury chalets to choose a chef for a private dinner from a lineup of six highly acclaimed and revered culinary talents: Mauro Colagreco – from the world’s fourth best restaurant Mirazur – two-michelin-starred Sat Bains, the legendary Pierre Koffmann, Alyn Williams, Monica Galetti and Andrew Wong. An incredible menu – created and cooked by their chosen chef – will be served in the privacy of a deluxe chalet.
At the Gaggenau Marylebone store, two of the chefs prepared a selection of fine canapés – paired with Laurent-Perrier champagne – to give a taste of what it’s like to have them cooking for you. Alyn Williams, from the celebrated restaurant at the Westbury in Mayfair, served Orkney Scallop Ceviche, Chicken Liver Parfait Tubes, Alyn’s Swiss Fondue and a classic Treacle Tart.
British Chinese Andrew Wong, who won his first michelin star just a couple of weeks ago, gave a demonstration of his noodle-making skills before presenting his signature Mushroom Bun, and two more dishes: Barbecued Pork Belly and Egg Waffles and Cured Beef.
Booking a Flying Chef is the ultimate way for Scott Dunn guests to celebrate a special occasion, entertain clients or friends, or purely enjoy the unique opportunity of watching a top chef close at work. Guests will have exclusive access to their chef to ask any burning questions over a glass of wine, and perhaps even receive a short kitchen masterclass. With respect to the distinct culinary style and identity of every Flying Chef, the experience will be completely tailored to the tastes of each individual set of guests making this a hugely bespoke and decadent dining experience.
The lineup of Flying Chefs are all culinary heavy-weights both in the UK and internationally, and are frequently included within best restaurant lists, with many having worked at michelin-star level.
Samoan-born New Zealand chef Monica Galetti opened her first restaurant, Mere, in Fitzrovia earlier this year alongside her husband David, fusing classic French flavours with South Pacific influences. Before venturing out on her own, Monica spent the last 16 years working at the prestigious two-michelin-star Le Gavroche, where she rose through the ranks to senior sous chef. She has been a judge on the BBC series Masterchef: The Professionals since 2009.
Pierre Koffman began his culinary career at Le Gavroche with the Roux family, before opening with them the Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972 and winning two michelin stars. Pierre then went on to open his own restaurant, La Tante Claire in 1977 which was awarded three michelin stars. After briefly retiring in 2003, he made a comeback with a pop-up restaurant on the roof of Selfridges in 2006 and then opened Koffmann’s at The Berkeley which he headed up for six years. Koffmann will be opening a brasserie in central London later on this year.
Alyn opened Alyn Williams at The Westbury in Mayfair in 2011, which was awarded a michelin star within its first year. Before that he was a head chef under Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, which received a second michelin star during his time there and where he worked for five years. Alyn’s innovative and playful cooking style, partly inspired by French techniques, exudes creativity and elegance.
Restaurant A Wong in Victoria serves authentic regionally inspired Chinese cuisine, including one of London’s most talked about dim sum menus. In 2017 the restaurant was voted number three in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards. A Wong has also received three AA Rosettes and a star from the Michelin guide. Andrew won the Chinese Master Chef competition in the UK in 2013 and recently launched his debut culinary cookbook entitled A Wong – The Cookbook.
Sat Bains is chef patron of Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms in Nottingham. Since opening his restaurant in 2002, he has been awarded two michelin stars, the ultimate 5 Rosettes accolade from the AA, 9 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide and three honorary university degrees. He has made numerous television appearances including the Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen and the Roux Scholarship.
Italian-Argentine born Mauro, who has two Michelin stars, is chef patron of restaurant Mirazur in Menton, on the Cote D’Azur and this year was voted number four in the world by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy. Mauro’s early career saw him work in some of Paris’ best kitchens including L’Arpège for Alain Passard and at Alain Ducasse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée. He established Mirazur in 2006, in a modernist building with sweeping views of the Mediterranean which offers elegant yet simple food championing fresh local produce from the Italian / French border.
Photos/video: Filippo L’Astorina
For further information about Flying Chefs visit the Scott Dunn website here.