A gastro experience and photo walk in Chamonix

Views in Chamonix
Views in Chamonix

What a great day for a photo walk in Chamonix, but then most days in my opinion are great days for a photo walk in one of the many beautiful areas of the Haute Savoie region of France.   So today I took a photo walk with long time resident of the Chamonix Valley – Teresa Kaufman

Teresa Kaufman
Teresa Kaufman

Today was special for me as I got a glimpse of the Michelin-starred chef Mickey Bourdillat in situ working in his kitchen at the Five Star hotel Mont Blanc in the centre of Chamonix.  When I arrived the chefs were hard at work prepping for lunch using seasonal local produce and the kitchen was very calm, quiet and incredibly tidy. Let’s hope he doesn’t wander into my Taste of Savoie kitchen unannounced when I’m mid-preparation or to coin the correct culinary phase during ‘mis en place’ 

Le Matafan kitchen - Mickey Bourdillat
Le Matafan kitchen – Mickey Bourdillat

We met by the church and made straight for the hotel – it was the first time I had been in The newly refurbished Hotel Mont Blanc and it is stunning!  The decor has been completely designed by the renowned French interior architect Sybille de Margerie.  One can see the traditional style architecture of the Chamonix valley alongside the contemporary touches which gives a refined atmosphere.

Entrance Hall of Hotel Mont Blanc
Entrance Hall of Hotel Mont Blanc

There are glimpses of a ‘modern Savoyard’ look, lest we should forget we are in the french alps, but clearly this establishment is aiming at Chamonix’s ‘high-end’ clientelle. 

Looking up the grand staircase at Hotel Mont Blanc
Looking up the grand staircase at Hotel Mont Blanc

    The first thing that hits you is the impressive entrance and staircase with great lighting.  

Looking down the impressive staircase in Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Looking down the impressive staircase in Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix

The restaurant, lounges and bar area have a contemporary feel with some great styling and accents on lighting and decor.  

Le Matafan restaurant at Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Le Matafan restaurant at Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Le Matafan restaurant at Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Le Matafan restaurant at Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix

However all the action this morning was happening in Chef Mickey’s kitchen.

Mickey Bourdillat at work in his kitchen
Mickey Bourdillat at work in his kitchen

After having spent some time chatting and photographing the chefs at work, we embarked on Teresa’s ‘nooks and crannies tour’ of the town area of Chamonix.  Teresa took us on some of the smaller streets and quiet neighbourhoods, through servitudes and ‘off the beaten tracks’ to glimpse a hidden and interesting Chamonix.

The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman

 Teresa has lived in the Chamonix valley for 42 years and I can’t think of anyone better to show you around this area.  Her knowledge of the place and its history is fascinating.  Whilst walking around the town she gives hints and tips for photo opportunities and ideas to get the best shot of some great scenes.

The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman
The Nooks and Crannies photo walk in Chamonix with Teresa Kaufman

Then it was straight back to restaurant Le Matafan in the Hotel Mont Blanc to enjoy the menu du jour, that we had watched being prepared.

Lunch at Le Matafan
Lunch at Le Matafan

The lunch was excellent and represented great value at €22. This included an amuse bouche, main dish and dessert followed by home made petit fours served with coffee.  The service was very good, friendly and quite formal.

Desserts and Petits Fours at Le Matafan
Desserts and Petits Fours at Le Matafan
The bar area - Hotel Mont Blanc
The bar area – Hotel Mont Blanc

Teresa offers a variety of photo walks either in groups or one-to-one for more information visit her website – it would be great if you mention Taste of Savoie if you book a walk with her.

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11 thoughts on “A gastro experience and photo walk in Chamonix

  • January 7, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    What an awesome experience and beautiful hotel… but not as beautiful as the mountains. I LOVE snow and have never been to Chamonix or even close. LOVE your pics! #allaboutfrance

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  • January 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    We love Chamonix and have eaten at that restaurant, which you captured it perfectly in your photos. The images of the graffiti are interesting as that is not what anyone would think of when they imagine the Alps, but it is reality. Great photos!

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  • January 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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    Lovely photos! I worked a ski season in La Tania but never made it to Chamonix can you believe it? The hotel décor looks fab – I love the photo of the staircase with the black and white tiling! Menu du jour looked yummy too. #AllAboutFrance

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    • January 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
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      Thanks Becks, If you are back in this area Chamonix is definitely worth a visit…

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  • January 8, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    I had a completely different taste of Chamonix, but my visit was in a completely different season and I was accompanied by small children… no Michelin starred restaurants for us 😉 Visiting from #AllAboutFrance…

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  • January 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm
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    Gorgeous photos! This looks like a perfect day – walking/photo tours and eating great food are two of my favorite activities when visiting a new place, so this would be right up my alley! How cool that you got a sneak peek behind the scenes in the kitchen. And I’m surprised by how reasonably priced lunch was – a great tip! #AllAboutFrance

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    • January 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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      Thanks Sara,
      If you are coming this way to Haute Savoie let me know and we can plan a foodie walking tour! Caro

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  • January 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm
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    How wonderful to see a master chef at work, it must have been so inspiring. The decor of the hotel is incredible, the staircase in particular. I agree with Carolyne that you don’t expect to see graffiti in the mountains but loved all your photos. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance Caro!

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    • January 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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      It was a great experience Phoebe, the food was very good and the hotel decor has been done beautifully. Thank you for providing the #AllAboutFrance link up.

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