Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson is looking forward to an unforgettable trip next month to Austria for a culinary festival.
The 5th July marks the start of a summer of indulgence in the area of the Paznaun Valley, Austria called the ‘Culinary Jakobsweg’. This culinary tour takes visitors along the ancient pilgrims path as it crosses over this part of the Alps. The concept is simple; hungry hikers make their way to designated chalets and enjoy some delicious regional cuisine, devised by four international chefs.
Under the patronage of multi award-winning, Austrian chef Eckart Witzigmann, Matthew will accompany Dutch Michelin Starred chef, Laurent Smallegange and three Michelin Starred French chef Marc Veyrat, who will each host their own alpine lodge where holidaymakers can enjoy their exclusive regional dishes following one of four different trails in the local area.
Each of the four hikes follows part of the ancient pilgrim path through the valley, ending up at a hut where they are joined by one of the top chefs for a meal showcasing the very best food that this unique part of Austrian Alps has to offer. Unifying chefs, foodies and the odd lost hiker, the Culinary Jakobsweg runs throughout the summer months.
Matt will be based at the Jamtalhütte Alpine Chalet in Galtür. This popular ski chalet is now 133 years old and has been run by the Lorenz family for 4 generations. The chalet has been a constant training centre for the German Alpine Association for many years and has had several refurbishments to keep up with the ever-growing popularity of skiing and hiking.
“Cooking with wonderful, fresh, seasonal and local ingredients in an authentic mountain hut, deep in the magnificent setting of the Alps provides a unique but exciting challenge. Joining three other top chefs from around Europe, the Culinary Jakobsweg is something I have long been interested in and am delighted to be able to take part in 2015.
Not only do I hope to be able to use ingredients I rarely come across in the New Forest, but I hope to be able to inspire some of the diners by creating a range of wonderful dishes with the very best in flavour combinations.”
Continuing the regions commitment to the gastronomic specialities, each of the chefs’ dishes will continue to be cooked by the local culinary at the huts throughout the summer, allowing hikers, bikers and culinary enthusiasts to continuing appreciating for months ahead.
To experience Matt’s delicious menu, why not book a table at The Terrace this summer? Call 01590 612324 or