Lalique Dinner at Park Weggis with
Chef Jean-Georges Klein
An invitation to a dinner cooked by Chef Jean-Georges Klein is certainly not one to be missed – particularly when it is served at such a beautiful and luxurious location as the Park Weggis. The hotel is under an hour away from Zurich and located just steps away from the picturesque Vierwaldstättersee, better known in English, as Lake Lucerne.
The weather when I arrived was not ideal, but the welcome I received and the friendliness of the staff more than made up for the odd drop of rain. In fact, in any weather, the Park Weggis and its unique setting look beautiful. It’s just a short drive from Zurich, but feels like a completely different world.
Chef Jean-George Klein of Villa René Lalique
The chef who would be cooking that evening was Chef Jean-Georges Klein, the Head Chef at the Villa René Lalique, Wingen-sur-Moder in France, who is well known for his creativity and the perfectionism of his cuisine. Within four months of taking charge of the kitchens at Villa René Lalique the restaurant had been awarded two stars. Testimony indeed to the calibre of this great chef who won his first Michelin star in 1988, his second in 1998 and his third in 2002.
The evening began with a champagne Apéro at the Park Weggis’ Lalique Caviar Bar and before long we were seated in the beautiful dining room for the special Villa René Lalique dinner.
We started with a beautifully light and fluffy Cappucino of Potato and Truffle which was followed by an equally delicious Vegetable Variation around the Pea …
… then a delightful Langoustine Cocktail, followed by Red Mullet à La Plancha. Each course was light, colourful and imaginatively presented. Next came a wonderful Chartreuse of Blue Lobster Pina Colda style and then a beautifully cooked filet mignon in a herb crust with asparagus and gravy.
Every dish was delicate and light, yet so full of the flavour, that despite the dinner consisting of so many courses we were all eager to see what came next. The menu was complemented by perfectly matched accompanying wines. Rounding it all off was a fabulous cheesecake with Melissa and Opera Cake Lalique style with ice cream and a tiny Lalique emblem in the cocoa powder. The whole dinner was amazing and each dish as well as being delicious, was a work of art in its own right.
At the end it was great to meet the wonderful Jean-Georges, the chef himself, in the kitchen and he kindly chatted with us and posed for a photo. The whole evening was a delight from start to finish and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
If you would like to try Chef Jean-George’s cuisine find out more at the Villa René Lalique and if you would like to find out more about Park Weggis please see the link here or watch this short video of the hotel and its surrounding location:
With thanks to Park Weggis and Villa René Lalique for this unforgettable experience.
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