Michelin-starred Serge Vieira is one of Crown’s exceptional guests. From 8 to 11 March Vieira will be resident chef at Crown’s JJ’s Bar and Grill. Vieira has received multiple awards in his young life including the Bocuse d’Or in 2005. He was second chef to Regis Marcon at St Bonnet Le Froid and is well known for his interest in sustainability as well as his passion for seasonal, local produce. “Emotion is not molecular, it is culinary”, he says about his menus.
Restaurant Serge Vieira, in the French spa town of Chaudes-Aigues, received its first star when it had been open for only six months, ensuring the chef’s position as one of the country’s rising culinary stars. The dishes served there are on par with the beauty of the location, the fifteenth century Château de Couffour, a “monument historique” listed with the French Ministry of Culture. A new structure of glass, stone and steel, designed in harmony with the mediaeval structure, houses Vieira’s restaurant and hotel.
In a fascinating and visionary approach to tourism and regional marketing, the renovation of the castle was funded by the township and local groups. The chef and his partner and wife, Marie-Aude, financed the decorating and equipping of the new venue.
Hazelnut and mandarin are two of Vieira’s favourite ingredients and he loves to create “artistic work with flavours that will make people remember the meal”.
In France he is known to order in full lobes of foie gras from Rougié, France’s leading producer, which he de-veins himself, portions and freezes to grill, roast, use in terrines or pair with seasonal fruit such as strawberries and rhubarb.
During the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival diners will have the chance to enjoy regional French dishes prepared by Vieira and fellow chef, Jacques Marcon. These will be matched with Dom Perignon. Vieira will also join Thierry Marx, Jun Yukimura, Sang- Hoon Degeimbre and Luisa Valazza to present the Festival’s Masterclass weekend.
The ‘Stars of Stars’ is the fourth instalment in Crown’s innovative Michelin Star focused ‘Stars’ series, following on from ‘Stars of Europe’ (2009), ‘Stars of America’ (2010) and 2011’s ‘Stars of Spice’. The other seven guest chefs for 2012 are Italy’s Luisa Valazza, France’s Thierry Marx, Jacques Marcon and Stephane Bour, Tokyo’s Jun Yukimura, Hong Kong’s Mok Kit Keung and Belgium’s Sang-Hoon Degeimbre.
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