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Leo is set to serve up a real taste of the Alps; Chef out to lure Brits to Italy's happy valley.

Byline: Ed Stephens

VISITORS to this year's British Ski & Board Show, held at Birmingham's NEC, will get the chance to taste what Italy's Aosta Valley has to offer... literally!

One of Aosta's leading chefs Leo Gerbore will be creating fabulous traditional recipes at the Aosta Valley Mountain Gastronomy Experience.

Each day, Leo and his colleagues from Aosta will invite visitors onto their stand to sample these delicious delicacies as well as the region's fine wines while some of the foods and wines on offer will be available to buy from merchants on the Aosta Valley stand.

Those keen to learn more about how to recreate these dishes in their own kitchens can visit the 'Secret Taste of Aosta' presentation in the Fall-Line Skiing Talk-Theatre and enjoy a dish created exclusively for them by Leo.

Enjoy traditional dishes such as the delicious Risotto alla Cognentse and for the sweet-toothed Crme from Cogne, a dessert made with eggs, cream, hazelnuts and sugar. There will also be an array of speciality cheeses, succulent meats, preserves and sauces.

Whether white or red, Aosta produces truly Alpine wines. With a keen bouquet and country flavour, they are ideal to enjoy with local dishes which match the mountain climate perfectly. While the red wines are mainly found in the lower valley and include Pinot Noir, Vien de Nus and Enfer d'Arvier, the white wines with their delicate mountain hay fragrance include Chambave Muscat and Nus Malvoisie.

As well as owning a restaurant in Aosta, Leo also teaches Italian culinary

skills to budding chefs across Europe and the USA.

Italy's Aosta Valley sits nestled between France to the west and Switzerland to the north in a beautiful mountainous province. With its close links to the Italian ski fields of Courmayeur, Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney, Pila and La Thuile, Aosta is an idyllic location in which to enjoy the Alpine sports that the region has to offer.

Easily accessible from Turin, Milan and Geneva airports, or by car through the Mont Blanc tunnel, and surrounded by some of the biggest peaks in Europe, Aosta Valley boasts outstanding scenery under the watchful eye of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc 4810m), Monte Rosa (4634m) and the Matterhorn (4478m). Coupled with its widespread Italian ski range (almost 550 miles), speciality cuisine and fascinating architecture few other regions can match what this charming valley has to offer.

To sample a taste of what Aosta Valley has to offer go along to The British Ski and Board Show, between Friday October 30 and to Sunday November 1. The Show opens from 12 noon until 8pm on Friday and 10am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at pounds 4 when bought in advance. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.britishskiandboardshow. or telephone the booking line on 0844 581 0734.


A taste of Italy: Aosta Valley chef Leo Gerbore (above) will be at this year's British Ski & Board Show, held at Birmingham NEC. . Below: A tempting selection of his foods.
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