Julie GAUTHIER Feeding the body and mind

Publication date 17 June 2022,
After a career in Shanghai, Julie has just taken over the 1647 at the summit of the Plateau de Beauregard. Julie was born in Lyon in a French-Taiwanese family and is married to a native of Annecy. She felt the need to renew contact with the peaceful and authentic life on offer in the region.

 

HOW DID YOUR PROJECT COME ABOUT?
In 2019, I had the opportunity to take over the restaurant. I had already been working in hotels and restaurants in Shanghai for 10 years. There I met my husband Thomas, who was developing a chain of cocktail bars in Asia. We needed to get out of the city, to get back to nature and simplicity after all those years abroad.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU?
The view over the Aravis mountains, of course, but also the restaurant’s history. In 1954, the Masson family opened ‘Altitude 1647’, which was then handed down from generation to generation. We liked the his- tory and the heritage.

IN TERMS OF GASTRONOMY, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BRING PEOPLE?
For us, cooking is an art. Our meat is vacu- um-packed and cooked at low temperature for at least 12 hours to ensure tender and juicy results. We serve classical recipes made using modern culinary techniques. Cooking is most of all an opportunity for sharing.


 
HOW DO YOU COMBINE YOUR IN- TERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH LO- CAL SAVOYARD CUISINE?

When we were in China, we had access to a wide range of very good ingredients, but most of them came from abroad, and we found the resulting carbon footprint frus- trating. With the concept of local produce «from the farm to the dining table», we can at last buy directly from nearby farmers and enjoy great tastes without polluting the planet!
 
HOW DO YOU SELECT YOUR SUPPLIERS?
They must be close by geographically to guarantee short supply chains, to provide high quality and traceability of products. If they also share our values of conviviality, simplicity and sharing, then so much the better!
You also have a rich programme of activities and events.
We have yoga on the panoramic terrace, pre-dinner drinks with a DJ, activities for children, cocktail creation workshops and gastronomic tastings, live sport on a big screen... More than a restaurant, the 1647 is a living space. We would also like to bring new dynamism to the Plateau de Beauregard,  where hikers, athletes, farmers and wild and Alpine animals co-exist. It’s an incredible living space!