Six legendary chefs with a total of eight Michelin stars will fascinate the guests of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

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A culinary event unlike anything Bulgaria has ever seen will take place on 18 and 19 March 2022

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko will surprise gourmet lovers with a unique-for-Bulgaria event at the exquisite Come Prima Restaurant on 18 and 19 March 2022. Six legendary chefs with a total of eight Michelin stars will show their passion and put on an incredible cooking show in the open kitchen of the Mediterranean restaurant of the luxurious hotel in the Pirin Mountains.


Тhe extraordinary French chefs Thierry Drapeau, Joël Césari, Jean-Baptiste Natalie, Alain Caron and Patrick Jeffroy and the Spanish chef Sergi Arola will be serving an extraordinary six-course menu, with each of the six chefs preparing one course. The dinners will be paired with high-class French and Italian wines and champagnes, courtesy of the long-time partner of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko – BNK, a local market leader and importer of Europe’s most valuable brands. At lunch on 19 March, some of the stars will surprise the guests of the VIP Room restaurant, located on Bunderishka polyana, with culinary treats for their body and soul.


The background of the chefs is more than impressive. Originally from Vendée, Drapeau mixes, in his cuisine, flavours from the regions of France he visited during his career. Thierry knows how to seduce with a beautiful, rich and inventive local cuisine served in his two-Michelin-star restaurant and hotel in St-Sulpice-le-Verdon.


Executive chef and owner of the Michelin-starred La Chaumière hotel-restaurant in Dole, Césari combines traditional produce with a modern style in his cooking. He cultivates the unconventional and carefully designs each plate. Chef Césari chooses the best products for his customers, not only from Jura, but from all around the world.

With solid international experience and some impressive references, Natalie became the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin star for his restaurant Hostellerie La Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. His signature style is inspired by wild flavours. His vocation in life: taste storyteller.

Renowned for the creative cuisine at his restaurant LAB by Sergi Arola in Sintra, Arola stands out in the culinary scene, thanks to his passion for music. A guitarist in a Spanish rock group, he’s also known as a ‘rock-star chef’.


Born in Paris, Alain Caron is a culinary expert living in the Netherlands. Together with his family, he runs a restaurant and a café – Café Caron and Petit Caron. The chef has also created 15 cookbooks. With his long years of experience, Caron will surely impress the guests of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko.

Chef Patrick Jeffroy ran the L’Hôtel de Carantec Restaurant Patrick Jeffroy, for which he obtained two Michelin stars in 2002. His cooking style is said to be audacious and evocative, perfected over the course of his career. He loves incorporating his passion for exploring the world, creating a combination of inventiveness and classicism in each dish.


Due to the exclusivity of the event, reservations will be possible only when directly contacting the Reservations Department by phone +359 749 88888 or by email:


About Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko: Being the only ski-in and ski-out hotel in the area, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is located in the very heart of the most popular and vibrant winter resort in the Balkans – Bansko, right аcross from the Gondola lift station, which gives access to 75 km of ski runs groomed at a high international level, suitable for all skiers, from complete beginners to advanced ones. The luxury hotel is the only international branded winter resort in this part of the Balkans and is open year-round. It features 157 Alpine-style rooms, including 26 suites and an exclusive Presidential Suite, fully renovated Kempinski The Spa with brand new and unique thermal facilities, four conference rooms and eight restaurants and bars with spectacular views of the majestic Pirin Mountains. Graced with European flair, the hotel grants the ultimate Kempinski ski, gourmet and spa experience.

About Kempinski: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 78 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. · ·

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