World-class chefs from all over the globe come to Monaco to share their culinary delights

Later this month, the trendy Monegasque nightclub in Port Hercules will be swapping late-night parties for all-day dining, as the Seasons of Gastronomy festival comes to Monaco. Between the 18th and 20th October, the popular nightlife hotspot will become transferred into a hub of haute cuisine from all over the globe, as the cream of world chefs work their magic during the three-day festival.

Seasons of Gastronomy was originally dreamt up in 2010 by founder and president Natalia Marzoeva and celebrates the very best in fine dining from across the globe. Past sessions have been held with great success in Azerbaijan, France and Ukraine – and now it’s Monaco’s turn. This year’s extravaganza will combine a rich variety of luxuriously long lunches and decadent dinners with culinary workshops and wine tasting sessions to offer attendees an experience quite like no other.

What’s more, Marzoeva is well aware that such events can become stuffy, elitist affairs; keen to avoid a similar fate befalling her festival, she aims to inject a relaxed and homely ethos into proceedings. That means that all members of the public are welcome to attend, no strict dress code will be enforced and, regardless of the superstar status of some chefs in attendance, all festival-goers should have the chance to chat with them and witness first-hand their kitchen prowess.

“Haute gastronomy is now approaching the general public and our concept in Port Hercules will confirm this; our customers will have the opportunity to ask their questions to renowned chefs, participate in master classes and enjoy the special menus created for the festival, accompanied by a glass of wine specially chosen to accompany each menu,” Marzoeva explains. “The list of participants this year is very international: Japan, Spain, Peru, France, Monaco and Russia. The best chefs from each country will come together to create true culinary masterpieces and to reveal the secrets of culinary techniques to the public.”

Notable attendees include Russia’s Igor Grishechkin, Oksana Dave, Vladimir Burkovsky, Sergey Nosov and Marina Nosova, as well as Spaniard Aurelio Morales and homegrown talent in the form of Roman Martsinkevich, Henri Geracci and Marcel Ravin. Tickets start at €30 for lunch and go up to €150 for dinner on the opening night, with other ticket types and prices available. More information and booking forms can be found on the official website of the festival.