A Taste of France at Chefs Club

The St. Regis Chefs Club “Star Series” welcomes two Michelin-starred chefs from France.

March 01, 2013

Mathieu Pacaud and Cyril Lignac 

By now you’ve most likely heard the concept behind the Chefs Club restaurant by Food & Wine magazine, located at the St. Regis Aspen. This new approach to dining lassoes the top Best New Chefs from Food & Wine magazine’s legendary program to curate menus and prepare dishes for Aspen’s enlightened epicureans. But this month there’s a new, fabulous twist. Now the restaurant is not only showcasing U.S. talent, but the best young chefs from around the world.

Two Michelin-starred chefs, Cyril Lignac and Mathieu Pacaud, bring their award-winning cuisine to Aspen this month, thanks to Chefs Club president and part owner Stephane de Baets. Visiting from Paris, the chefs will host intimate evenings at the restaurant, displaying their talents in the restaurant’s distinctive, open-air kitchen.

First up, for three spectacular evenings (March 6, 8 and 9), Chef Lignac holds court. At the age of 36, Lignac is already known as one of the great modern day chefs of France, as chef and owner of three popular restaurants in Paris: Le Quinzième, Le Chardenoux, and Le Chardenoux des Prés. In 2012, Lignac received his first Michelin star for his restaurant Le Quinzième.

A media darling in France, his reputation in the States is growing at lightning speed. With four successful cookbooks in print, his first English-language cookbook is slated for release this spring, and GQ magazine recently lauded his entrepreneurial spirit and talent for sharing simple pleasures when they named him “Chef of the Year.”

For his Aspen appearance, Chef Lignac, accompanied by his pastry chef and culinary team, will prepare a multi-course menu for three nights only. The menu includes Maine lobster, rack of Colorado lamb, and desserts such as a crispy hazelnut and Californian lemon tart with sorbet.

Not to be outdone, for two nights only, on Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16, the Chefs Club will host Chef Mathieu Pacaud, chef and co-owner, along with his renowned father, Bernard, of the Michelin-three-starred restaurant L‘Ambroisie. A Parisian mainstay of French haute cuisine, it has retained three Michelin stars for more than 20 years. The famous, classical French cuisine of the father-and-son team is sophisticated and seasonal, composing “an ode to exceptional products.”

Fortunately for Aspenites who aren’t planning a spring time jaunt to Paris, the seductive city and its remarkable cuisine is coming to us.

Chefs Club by Food & Wine “Star Series” takes place March 6, 8, 9, and again March 14 and 16. For reservations, call 970-429-9581. Both chefs will offer a four-course menu for $150 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Complementary wine pairings will be offered at an additional cost. 

—Amiee White Beazley

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