The team from Tassili at Grand Jersey are celebrating this week, having been awarded four Rosettes by the AA at a gala event at Grosvenor House in London on Monday evening.This accolade, which ranks Tassili amongst the very best restaurants in the UK, is awarded to very few establishments.
It’s a fantastic achievement for Nicolas Valmagna, Executive Chef and Luis Silvestre, Sous Chef at the AA Five Star St Helier hotel, who have been working tirelessly to put Tassili firmly on the map as one of the island’s best gastronomic experiences.
Four Rosettes are awarded to restaurants which according to the AA ‘exhibit intense ambition, a passion for excellence, superb technical skills and remarkable consistency’ and where ‘the cooking demands national recognition’.
Nicolas’ style is largely French with overtones of British cuisine. Simplicity, taste, produce and technique are all key to his philosophy as he strives to showcase the exceptional quality of produce available on the island with signature dishes like crab, passion fruit gel, combava lime, bisque dressing and coconut foam that combine elements from both the land and sea around the beautiful island of Jersey.
Nicolas said, “We are thrilled that Tassili has been awarded four AA Rosettes. We’ve been working really hard over the last three years and to receive this recognition is great motivation for us to keep creating and delivering the highest possible standards.”
“Luis shares the same passion as I do for trying different things, tasting them and refining them until we reach perfection. I am proud and excited about what we can achieve as a team in the future!”
Commenting on the accolade, Simon Miller General Manager of Hand Picked Hotels Jersey said, “This prestigious award is testament to the amazing work of our Tassili team. We are extremely proud of Nic and Luis’ dedication and commitment to showcasing creative, well crafted, seasonal dishes, with authentic provenance, that genuinely surprise and delight our customers each and every time they visit. These four Rosettes are really well deserved.”
This year marks the 110th year of AA Hotel & Hospitality Services. The annual black tie AA Hospitality Awards event is one of the highlights in the industry calendar and is attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers, restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media. The event recognises and rewards the excellence of hotels, restaurants and their respective teams across the UK.