It's always party time on St. Bart's, the elegant island in the French West Indies. But for a few days each November the culinary gears crank into overdrive when selected Michelin-starred chefs arrive from France for a series of events and special dinner menus in collaboration with the island's top resorts for the St. Barth Gourmet Festival.
Last year we met Jean-Baptiste Piard, chef at the five-star Hotel Christopher, one of the participating properties and our home base for the week. (Their signature orange decor is an homage to design house Hermès.)
We loved chef Piard's roast lobster with a coconut-shrimp emulsion served poolside at restaurant TAINO a few yards from the ocean. This year, he tells Airows, he has been incorporating lime and passionfruit essence into his dishes.
A highlight of the week is the competitive beach picnic, held at Le Guanahani resort.
Each chef creates miniature tasting plates, like a diminutive four-course meal, one from each chef. Then you get to vote for your favorite with a color-coded ballot.
This year's festivities will be November 3-6. Bon appétit!