It all started last year, when the General Manager of the Hotel Guanahani & Spa, Marc Thézé, met with Chef Guy Martin (from two-starred historic restaurant Le Grand Véfour, Sensing, Baccarat Crystal Room). They decided to start working together and Chef Martin was invited to take part in St Barth’s annual gourmet rendezvous, the ‘Festival Gastronomique’ of the Hotel Guanahani & Spa.
Now a tradition at the island’s largest resort, the Gastronomy Festival has become a milestone in the calendar of culinary events at the Guanahani and on the prestigious island of St. Barths. Held this year from November 1st to December 17th, the festival will allow hotel guests to enjoy an exceptional complimentary three-course meal nightly, crafted by Chef Guy Martin and Executive Chef Philippe Masseglia.
Sharing a common taste for excellence and a strong attention to detail, Guy Martin and Marc Thézé have decided to extend their partnership and broaden their collaboration. Starting this winter, Chef Martin will work as a consultant for the food and beverage outlets of the hotel and will oversee the in-room dining menu as well as the menus at the property’s gourmet restaurants, le Bartoloméo and L’Indigo.
Particularly brilliant and talented, Martin has been one of the rising stars of the French culinary landscape over the past decades, opening two restaurants, Sensing, in Paris and Boston and creating the extremely popular Atelier Guy Martin that offers cooking classes for aficionados of all ages, from 7 to 77 years old. A self-taught Chef, he is a culinary artist bubbling with creativity but remains extraordinarily modest and discrete. His engagement and passion for healthy gastronomy have earned him many awards, including the title of Best Chef of the Year in 1999 and 2000 by, respectively, the Gault-Millau Guide and the Champérard Guide. His cooking brings together regional and international flavors, remaining classical while mindful of modernity.
The Hotel Guanahani & Spa boasts two popular dining establishments: Le Bartoloméo satisfies diners discerning palates offering gourmet Mediterranean specialties, with a strong Italian influence, while L’Indigo, the restaurant overlooking the pool and the sea, offers a more casual yet tasteful cuisine.