If you are looking for a truly unique experience this summer, head to the sixth annual Culinary Jakobsweg in Ischgl, Austria! This year the UK's own Russell Brown will be joining the ranks of elite chefs at the festival.
The Culinary Jakobsweg is a brilliant concept thought up by Austrian Chef of the Century Eckart Witzigmann. The idea is formed around four Alpine Association huts, four international star chefs and four lovely walks in Galtür, Ischgl, Kappl and See. Each chef has designed a unique menu around seasonal, local produce, which include dishes to satisfy hungry hikers and bikers.
Russell Brown, who owns the exclusive restaurant Sienna in Dorchester, will be devising dishes with an emphasis on regional produce and simplicity. He assumes sponsorship for the Jamtalhütte mountain lodge above Galtür with his recipe for cheek of beef braised in beer and onions with whipped potatoes and onions four ways – pickled shallot rings, fried onions, spring onion and sweet onion purée.
In addition to Russell, the three other international guest chefs for summer 2014 are Alfio Ghezzi from Italy; Dieter Müller from Germany; and Giovani Oosters of Belgium.
The dishes will be on the summer menu of each mountain lodge until 21 September. On opening day at the beginning of July, the four guest chefs will hike with holidaymakers up to the Heidelbergerhütte above Ischgl, where they will prepare and serve their dishes to visitors.
Special accommodation packages are available in the four Paznaun villages of Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See for the summer season, which runs from 6 July to 21 September.
Price: Three nights' accommodation with breakfast and including the Silvretta Card – which allows free or discounted use of facilities and activities – is from £62 per person.
Booking and more information: paznaun-ischgl.com
Photo Credit: TVB Paznaun-Ischgl and R.W.Brown