The first event of the 2016 Stars Route will take place from February 19 to 23. Chef Benoît Sinthon will be the host to 16 guest chefs, not only from mainland Portugal, but also from around Europe.
Among those invited are : Michel Van der Kroft (‘t nonnetje, the Netherlands, 2 Michelin stars), Erik van Loo (Parkheuvel, the Netherlands, 2 Michelin stars), Richard van Oostenbrugge (Bord'Eau, the Netherlands, 2 Michelin stars), Dieter Koschina (Vila Joya, Algarve, 2 Michelin stars), Hans Neuner (Ocean, Algarve, 2 Michelin stars), José Avillez (Belcanto, Lisbon, 2 Michelin stars), Henrique Leis (Henrique Leis, Algarve, 1 Michelin star), Rui Silvestre (Bon Bon, Algarve, 1 Michelin star), Olivier Barbarin (Châteaux d’Audrieu, France), Kiko Martins (A Cevicheria and O Talho, Lisbon), Joannic Taton (Les Terrasses de Lyon, France) David Faure (Aphrodite, France), Miguel Gameiro (Alain Ducasse school, Portugal), Paulo Morais (Asian food specialist, Portugal), Julien Boutonnet (Olivier Bajard international pastry school, France), Cristophe Renou (Valrhona school, France).
In addition to traditional sit-down dinners, the program includes the already famous Kitchen Alive, a buffet dinner attended by some 300 people, with more interaction between chefs and participants through show-cooking demonstrations.
The event is not limited to The Cliff Bay hotel, but also includes the natural beauty of the “World's Best Island Destination”(World Travel Awards 2015), with a walk on the island of Madeira's northern side and catamaran trip featuring cuisine, wine, local produce and flavors and magnificent landscapes.
The Stars Route festival spans the country from north to south, with a side trip to Spain. It can be followed at www.rotadasestrelas.com, available in Portuguese and in English. The schedule and news on each participating restaurant, including guest chefs, will be updated at the website closer to each event date over the course of the year. Here, you can also find the clipping from the past few years, where The Stars Route has received coverage from a number of major international entities such as El Mundo, The Independent, and the Daily Telegraph.