At the LeMontBlanc restaurant in Crans Montana, chef Pierre Crepaud has just recently been named "2010 Discovery for French-speaking Switzerland" by the famous Gault Millau guide.

This 36-year-old chef has already built a respectful reputation for himself in several of the resort's establishments and only took over at LeMontBlanc in June 2009.

It's the culinary riches of the Valais area that shine through In his cusine - light, precise, and inventive. Perfumed with mountain herbs or with a subtle southern accent (Crepaud is a native of Valence, France), this talented chef sublimes his ingredients without denaturing them.

"Revisit, rewrite, and reinterpret each day by trying to seize and respect the product as best as possible, that is my motto . . . Nature, the flowers, the plants, and the fundamental references that are quality ingredients inspire me as the seasons pass," he explains.

Chef Crepaud's autumn creations will surely tempt even the most gourmet taste buds with several finely selected dishes such as truffle ice cream with cube of foie gras, venison roasted in pine honey, or Leman fera roasted in Masala butter mousse. The l'R du temps fixed price menu offers nine courses for 130 CHF (120 CHF without the cheese course). You can also give in to the inspirations of the chef, letting him create a menu as the inspiration comes. A five course meal will cost 88 CHF and a seven course meal will cost 110 CHF.

LeMontBlanc, located in the LeCrans Hotel & Spa offers an exceptional view of some of Europe's most sumptuous summits. Its rotunda shape adds visual pleasure to the pleasure of the palate created by chef Pierre Crepaud.

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