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Relais & Châteaux Food & Wine Festival Returns to Carmel-by-the-Sea

Michelin Star chefs and food lovers converge for four days of culinary events...

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest, a four-day foodie extravaganza, returns for its third delicious year February 25-28, 2016 with four Relais & Châteaux 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 & Châteaux GourmetFest has become a tour de force in the food and wine festival circuit.

More than 15 Relais & Châteaux 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 & Châteaux 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.

Chefs Justin Cogley and Ron Mendoza of Aubergine host this year’s participating Relais & Châteaux 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 Molière), 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 César Troisgros (La Maison Troisgros), and Matt Zubrod (The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado).

The 2016 Relais & Châteaux 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 & Châteaux’s most extraordinary properties.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the 2016 Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest visit: gourmetfestcarmel.com. 

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