After a record-setting year in cuisine, boasting 27 Michelin stars at 18 dining establishments worldwide, Four Seasons is spotlighting its Masterdishes – the most coveted, shareable and iconic menu items from all over the world to guests, followers and locals alike. Ranging from newly conceived creations to recreated classics, these Insta-ready dishes showcase flavour mastery, passion and technique, and are as distinct as the restaurants and lounges where they originate and the artisans who created them.
Every Friday from November 22 until December 27, 2019 on Instagram, Four Seasons will be spotlighting a selection of Masterdishes via @FourSeasons and #FSMasterdish. With the festive period fast approaching, culinary enthusiasts are invited to experience Masterdish creations for themselves at Four Seasons restaurants and lounges or digitally through the dedicated hashtag.
“Four Seasons is home to some of the very best restaurants and lounges in the world,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations. “With Masterdish, we are placing our most iconic dishes centre stage, celebrating the passion and artistry that are at the root of everything we do."
Restaurants and lounges are the heartbeat of Four Seasons hotels, offering communities inviting spaces to gather, connect and dine. Read on to explore the very first global sampling of standout creations and beloved signature dishes from Four Seasons worldwide. Travel to Geneva, Mexico City, Seoul and Vail, among other culinary destinations as Four Seasons explores some of the most buzzworthy creations to date.
Food fans should stay tuned for more Masterdishes as they are unveiled by following @FourSeasons and #FSMasterdish.
A Feast for the Eyes and Taste Buds
Chef Patron Anne-Sophie Pic
La Dame de Pic London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Its first broadcast appearance on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals launched Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s take on the classic “thousand leaves” dessert to social media stardom. Crack into its pristine façade to expose layers of crispy triple-folded puff pastry, Tahitian vanilla cream and jasmine jelly. A sheet of royal icing covers the delicacy for added crunch, while dollops of voatsiperifery pepper-infused milk foam flank either side. The dazzling dessert fuses purity, lightness and surprise, easily earning the title of most Instagrammed dish in the two Michelin star restaurant.
Roasted Scampi Surrounded by Chef's Garden
Executive Chef Massimiliano Sena
Il Lago, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
In this complex piece of culinary art, 35 different vegetables are featured in various preparations, inspired by memories of Chef Massimiliano Sena’s childhood on Italy’s Sorrento Coast. The vibrant plate features roast scampi served in its own bisque surrounded by a garden of seasonal produce and topped with a squid ink tuile. Within the first hour of its social media debut, Sena’s star dish generated incredible intrigue, garnering more than 100k views on Instagram and encouraging eager tasters to visit the Michelin-starred Il Lago to see and taste the work of art first-hand.
Spaghetti with Ceps and Black Truffle
Executive Chef Christian Le Squer
Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
One of the most sought-after menu items at the three Michelin star restaurant Le Cinq, Chef Christian Le Squer’s luxurious take on a much-loved classic never fails to impress. Profiled on France’s Top Chef and online in French Vogue, a dedicated @fsgeorgevparis Instagram story achieved more than 12.5k views, while a post on @lecinqparis earned the most-liked photo of the year. Perfectly al dente noodles are tossed in butter and parmesan and carefully laid out side by side to form the walls of a rectangle. Inside, truffles and cep mushrooms are glazed in jus and drizzled with truffled cream. Topped with a thin parmesan crust and adorned with gold leaf, this rich, savoury and tender architectural masterpiece is served throughout the year and is a “must-try before you die” for Parisians and international travellers alike.
Steam, Smoke and Flames
Pastry Chef Andrew Schweska
Flame Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
Recently voted one of the world’s best hot chocolates by Travel + Leisure, a video of its epic marshmallow drop amassed the highest number of organic views on Four Seasons Instagram channel in 2018. At any given time, someone is eagerly taking a slow-motion capture of the suspenseful splash in Vail’s Flame Restaurant or in the comfort of their guest room or private retreat. Piping hot Valrhona chocolate, heavy cream and steamed whole milk are churned tableside and poured over a hand-made dark chocolate lattice, resulting in a perfectly-timed marshmallow plummet and pillowy landing. First featured by Forbes more than seven years ago, it remains one of the most popular items on the menu at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, a must-visit après ski destination.
Pastry Chef Chelsea Spaulding
BOURBON STEAK, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
The perfect end to an award-winning dinner at DC culinary institution BOURBON STEAK is this sophisticated riff on a nostalgic childhood favourite. Receiving critical acclaim from Bon Appetit and The Washington Post among other local and national media outlets, this head-turning confection features chocolate praline mousse, toasted marshmallow ice cream, hazelnut streusel and homemade marshmallow, all smoked under a cloche with the smouldering ember of a wood-burning grill. Dessert lovers will want to get their cameras ready as a cloche is delicately lifted tableside, revealing this exquisitely crafted version of the classic sweet treat.