UK CHEF RUSSELL BROWN IN INTERNATIONAL CULINARY FEST
Dorset restaurant owner Russell Brown is to be the first UK chef to feature in an annual international summer culinary fest in Austria.
The mountain villages of Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See in the Paznaun valley of Tirol become a paradise of hiking, biking and climbing once the snows have melted leaving green rugged slopes to explore – and delicious dishes created with local produce are devised by international Michelin-starred chefs for the hungry holidaymakers.
The Culinary Jakobsweg project is in its 6th summer and this year's event, to be launched at the beginning of July, will feature for the first time a dish by a UK chef.
Russell Brown, whose exclusive restaurant Sienna is in Dorchester, is thrilled to be part of the project as he loves devising dishes with an emphasis on regional produce and simplicity.
Said Russell: “ I am delighted to have been asked to take part in the Culinary Jakobsweg in the Austrian Tirol. My menus are based on simple dishes using the best regional produce and my wife and I both enjoy walking on the West country coastal paths and beaches so an event involving regional food and hiking seems a perfect fit! At the heart of my dish for the Jamtalhütte is a beer braised beef cheek and there is an abundance of the high quality ingredients required in the region.”
In 2010 Russell became the first Dorset chef to achieve a Michelin star and currently is the only chef with such an achievement in the county.
Culinary Jakobsweg is named after the ancient pilgrims’ path which crosses the Silvretta Mountains in this part of Austria and has become a popular draw for holidaymakers who appreciate great food. The project is led by top Austrian chef Martin Sieberer, who has a restaurant in Ischgl, and is supported by Austrian Chef of the Century Eckard Witzigmann.
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.
Each of the four guest chefs creates a recipe for one of the four main mountain lodges along Jakobsweg and teaches the kitchen staff how to prepare it all summer long for holidaymakers.
Russell represents the UK and 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.
Said Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl: “We are so pleased to have a UK chef participating in our popular Culinary Jakobsweg this summer. He will add a new dimension to our summer culinary event. We are looking forward to welcoming him and many British holidaymakers to this very special area of the mountains this summer.”
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. Three nights‘ accommodation with breakfast and including the Silvretta Card – which allows free or discounted use of facilities and activities – is from €75 per person. Go to www.paznaun-ischgl.com to book and for more information on Culinary Jakobsweg and all summer activities.
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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF SIENNA
Russell & Elena are delighted to announce that, following the success of their recent 10th anniversary celebrations, the sum of £2,070 was raised for Hospitality Action, the industry’s benevolent charity.
Huge thanks to our sponsors, staff and customers for their generosity, hard work and support, all of which made the event such a success.
To take a look at how we celebrated this event and more information click here.
On behalf of ourselves and Hospitality Action, Sienna Restaurant would like to thank the following for their generous support:
Hildon Natural Mineral Water
Westwood House Guest Accommodation
Villeroy & Boch
Oliver Harvey Chefswear
Blackacre Farm Eggs
The Dorset Wine Company
The Chef’s Forum
Richard Budd Photography & Design
Samways Fish Merchants
Charles Steevenson Wines Ltd
The Fine Food Company UK Ltd
Steamer Trading Cookshop
The Staff Canteen
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Russell is pleased to announce the launch of his new website www.ChefRussellBrown.co.uk
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Michelin star for Sienna!
Following the release of the Michelin Red Guide 2014, we are delighted to announce that Sienna has retained its Michelin star since it was first awarded in January 2010. Assessed via a series of unannounced inspections, this is currently the only Michelin star held in Dorset, and Russell, Elena and the staff are over the moon about the news.
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We are very happy to announce that, following a number of inspections, we were awarded and have retained our 3rd AA rosette by the Automobile Association since January 2007. This represents a wonderful achievement both for ourselves and the dining scene in Dorset, and we look forward to continuing to offer our seasonal, modern British menu in a friendly, relaxed & stylish environment to all our customers, old and new.