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Catey award-winning hotel the Atlantic in St Brelade, Jersey, is to host the inaugural Eat Jersey Food Festival this November.

The event, which takes place from 5-7 November, is headed up by executive head chef Mark Jordan, who will be joined by acclaimed chefs from across Britain and France for the three-day gourmet event designed to celebrate the island’s finest produce.

Over the course of the weekend, guests will be able to attend one of two gastronomic evenings at the Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant with an all-day dining event at beachside bistro Mark Jordan at the Beach.

Beginning on the Thursday evening, Jordan will be joined by celebrated chefs from the islands, the nearby Normandy coastline and the south coast of England in a celebration of the exemplary ingredients found in Jersey. Working in partnership with local producers to create a feast of locally inspired dishes, a specially created five-course menu will be paired with fine wines by head sommelier Richard Burton. The chefs joining Jordan are:

  • Russell Brown, chef consultant, formerly of Sienna, Dorchester
  • Philippe Hardy of the one-Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Mascaret, Basse-Normandie
  • Simon McKenzie, The Brasserie Restaurant at The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, Guernsey
  • Steve Smith, from the Michelin-starred Bohemia at The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey
L-R: Simon McKenzie, Philippe Hardy, Mark Jordan, Russell Brown and Steve Smith

L-R: Simon McKenzie, Philippe Hardy, Mark Jordan, Russell Brown and Steve Smith

On the Friday evening, a six-course meal using the finest ingredients sourced from around Jersey will be created by a unique brigade of Chefs from the UK. Local lobster, oysters, crab and Jersey beef amongst other gourmet specialities will captivate guests in a sensational array of dishes, with selected paired wines. Jordan will be joined by:

  • Eric Chavot of the one-Michelin-starred Brasserie Chavot, London
  • Pascal Proyart, One-O-One, London
  • Adam Smith of the four-AA-rosette Burlington Restaurant at the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, in Skipton
  • Michael Wignall, from the two-Michelin-starred Latymer restaurant at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot
L-R: Michael Wignall, Adam Smith, Mark Jordan, Eric Chavot and Pascal Proyart

L-R: Michael Wignall, Adam Smith, Mark Jordan, Eric Chavot and Pascal Proyart

A more relaxed dining experience will be offered in the coastal setting of Mark Jordan at the Beach on the Saturday. With an exclusive menu created by head chef Tamas Varsanyi, a one-off ‘Lobster and Burger’ all-day dining event on the sand will showcase Jordan’s famed signature burger and the freshest Jersey lobster.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the event, Patrick Burke, owner of The Atlantic Hotel, said: “We are passionate about promoting the wonderful produce available from both coast and country on our beautiful island. The Eat Jersey Food Festival has been a number of years in the making, and we are delighted to be welcoming so many highly respected chefs to Jersey in November. Their talent and creativity combined with the very finest and freshest of ingredients promises a spectacular weekend of gastronomy.”

The Jersey based charitable conservation trust, Durrell, has been chosen as the Festival’s philanthropic partner. Durrell works with some of the most endangered species across the world in countries such as the Galapagos, India, Madagascar and the Caribbean Islands, taking action within the animals’ habitats and securing their future through captive breeding and research within its wildlife park in Jersey.

Food Festival tickets are priced at £175 on Thursday 5 November, £250 on Friday 6 November and £45 on Saturday 7 November. Inclusive packages are available starting from £355 per person for a two night break. For more information or to make a reservation, please call +44 1534 744101 or email reservations@theatlantichotel.com.