Bal Harbour Village will be transforming into an unparalleled gastronomic destination from May 8-11, as it gears up to be the first U.S.-based host of Haute Cuisine. The four-day event, which was founded in Switzerland at W Verbier in 2015, will bring in six of the world’s most celebrated chefs who between them have been awarded nine Michelin stars for its stateside debut.
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is proud to be a key participant in the multi-day culinary extravaganza, hosting immersive cooking classes and a star-studded music themed dinner on May 10 at 8pm, hosted by Chefs Natali, Pourcel, and Drapeau at the hotel’s picturesque restaurant, Artisan Beach House. The hotel’s cooking classes will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 12pm and 3pm with Chef Pourcel and Chef Drapeau respectively.
Haute Cuisine Bal Harbour will bring together internationally recognized chefs who will share their culinary passions with food lovers in carefully curated interactive cooking classes and intimate theme-based dinners with bespoke menus of tantalizing dishes.
- Jacques Pourcel, 3 Michelin stars – Hailing from Montpellier in southern France, Chef Pourcel opened Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in partnership with his twin brother, Laurent Pourcel. Specializing in Mediterranean flavors and concepts, he plans on opening a new restaurant this year called Place de la Canourgue at the Richer-de-Belleval hotel in Montpellier.
- Sergi Arola, 2 Michelin stars – Serving as culinary director at the famed tapas bar Eat-Hola at W Verbier in Switzerland, Chef Arola was recently awarded a new star for his restaurant LAB by Sergi Arola in Sintra, Portugal. Recognized for his creative cuisine, he also stands out in the culinary world for his passion for music, referred to as the “rock star chef” as he was a guitarist in a Spanish rock group called Los Canguros.
- Thierry Drapeau, 2 Michelin stars – Drawing from flavors from the various locations he has visited throughout his career, Chef Drapeau serves rich and inventive local cuisine at his Michelin-starred self-titled restaurant in St-Supice-le-Verdon, France. Favoring herbs over spices, he creates a fragrant, brightly colored “floral cuisine.”
- Joel Cesari, 1 Michelin star – Owner and executive chef of the Michelin-starred La Chaumière hotel-restaurant in Dole, France, Chef Cesari’s cooking fuses traditional and contemporary styles. He carefully sources his produce and ingredients from around the world to ensure customers are served dishes of only the highest quality.
- Jean-Baptiste Natali, 1 Michelin star – Originally from Haute-Marne in France, Chef Natali became the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin star for his restaurant Hostellerie La Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises at the age of 27. Inspired by wild flavors, he refers to himself as a “tastes storyteller,” as he views his craft as a true art form.
- Alain Caron – Living in the Netherlands, Chef Caron was one of the judges on internationally recognized TV show, MasterChef Holland. A cookbook author, he is also a fine connoisseur of Dutch local products and recently opened his own restaurant in Amsterdam called Café Caron.
The events will be presented at various venues in Bal Harbour Village in addition to The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, including Bal Harbour Shops, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, and Oceana Bal Harbour.
Tickets are priced at $250 for the intimate Dinners and limited seating Cooking Classes, and $350 for the closing Reception and Gala. For more information and to view the full schedule, please visit balharbourflorida.com/hautecuisine. To purchase tickets, please visit HauteCuisineBH.eventbrite.com.