Michelin Star restaurants, cosy bistros lining the cobbled streets, a breath-taking panoramic view stretching from the sparkling Mediterranean across to the jagged hills of the Gorges du Loup… There are certainly worse places to eat that the delightful hilltop town of Mougins!
Synonymous with art de vivre, it boasts a great gourmet scene and from 2nd to 3rd June will play host to a renowned gastronomic event: Les Étoiles de Mougins. Originally founded in 2006 in honour of the late Roger Vergé, a chef renowned for his contemporary cooking style and as having a major role in putting Mougins on the culinary map, Les Étoiles de Mougins is an event that grows year-on-year.
This year’s food extravaganza will be presided over by Philippe Etchebest. As a two Michelin star chef, the host of Cauchemar en Cuisine and a judge on Top Chef France, Basque-born Etchebest is a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to food. Who better then to judge the Roger Vergé Concours du Jeune Chef? On the Sunday, four young chefs selected by Etchebest and his jury will attempt to create a dish based on the theme: Revisite de la Bouillabaisse. Three separate competition categories (Sommelier, Pâtissier and Amateur) will also take place over the course of the weekend.
Before any calories are consumed, however, the first event on the agenda will actually be a Zumba class hosted by Fitlane. Once visitors have worked up a sweat –and an appetite – then the feast can begin! A variety of other workshops and demonstrations are on offer too, from pastry classes to cooking with the kids accompanied by a chef. For the first time ever, there will be an open-air, pop-up restaurant, among an array of tasting tents. A marketplace showcasing local produce and wine will also feature, as well as arts de la table and décor.
While the food itself is undoubtedly important in French cuisine, one cannot underestimate the importance of service à la française and the Arts de la Table workshop hosted by the Paul Bocuse Restaurant and Hotellerie Foundation (numerous times throughout the weekend) will show visitors the intricacies of folding serviettes and carving fruit and vegetables as well other aspects of French service. There will also be an area dedicated to debate and discussion, as chefs and other members of the industry come together to talk about a variety of issues and topics.
Les Étoiles de Mougins expects to welcome around 25,000 visitors over the two-day event, and with over 120 demonstrations taking place in a variety of forms, this eclectic gastronomic gathering promises to be an event not to be missed!
Entry to the event is free and tickets for demonstrations and tastings start at €5. For more information as well as a detailed itinerary: lesetoilesdemougins.com
*Originally published in the #178 edition of Riviera Insider