Award-winning British chef Matthew Tomkinson is to star in an Alpine summer culinary event, which is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and climbers.
Matthew - who runs two restaurants at the Montagu Arms country house hotel in Beaulieu, Hampshire - is one of four European chefs to feature in this summer's Culinary Jakobsweg in the Austrian villages of Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See, which are popular ski resorts in the winter and a paradise for mountain sports in summer.
Each chef creates a new dish using local produce, which is then adopted by the kitchen of one of the four mountain lodges dotted along the ancient pilgrims' path of Jakobsweg as it crosses this part of the Alps and then features on the menu enjoyed by hungry holidaymakers all summer long.
Matthew is developing a veal dish which will be on the menu of the Jamtalhütte in the mountains above the village of Galtür = following in the footsteps of Dorset chef Russell Brown who took part in the event last summer and was also paired with the Jamtalhütte.
This is the 7th summer of the Culinary Jakobsweg and it enables guest chefs to explore creative dishes using the abundance of local produce. It's the brainchild of the valley's own celebrity chef, Martin Sieberer, an Austrian Chef Of The Year, who runs the Paznaunerstube in the 5* Hotel Trofana Royal, and the event is supported by Chef Of The Century Eckart Witzigmann.
The event runs from the beginning of July until the end of September and Matthew will visit the valley for the launch - and to teach the recipe to the kitchen staff at the Jamtalhütte - and will be accompanied by his partner Alexandra Coxon and their five-month-old baby Esmé.
I'm so excited about doing this. I'm not a skier and haven't been to the Tirol before, but I love hiking and the great outdoors and I am so looking forward to visiting the area and also to meeting the other chefs.
The three other chefs taking part are Marc Veyrat from France, who is one of the top chefs in Europe; Jörg Sackmann from Germany; and Laurent Smallegange from The Netherlands.
As well as having a Michelin star, Matthew has three AA rosettes, has appeared twice in The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants, is in the Good Food Guide and last year was the winner of the Hampshire Chef Of The Year.
Summer offers for holidaymakers can be found on www.paznaun-ischgl.com - for example a three night stay with breakfast and including the Silvretta Card, which allows free or discounted use of facilities and activities in the valley, is from €75 pp.