The Hameau Albert 1er accomodates two well-known restaurants in Chamonix : the Maison Carrier, our traditional restaurant and the ’Albert 1er', the gastronomic restaurant! These two must see in Chamonix now have a valuable place in every Chamoniard’s heart in terms of Food and Beverage.
Today, we are going to focus on the gastronomic restaurant history. This restaurant reflects the genealogical tree of the Carrier family who has been running this business since 1903.
Perrine Carrier, the current Hameau Albert 1er General Manager, tells us about this family journey. Clothilde used to be in the Albert 1er kitchen. Then, her son Marcel (Perrine’s grand parents) took after Clothilde. In 1967, they offer the first star to the gastronomic restaurant. It is the beginning of a new adventure. The Michelin guide is about a 100-year history. In 1900, the Michelin brothers created the well known guide. This, in order to “give potentially useful information to car drivers in France” Before becoming an international reference in terms of gastronomic guides, he was, firstly, a 400-page book full of ads given to any tyre-buyer.
Let’s get back to our Hameau Albert 1er. In 1979, it is up to Perrine’s father to take over in the gastronomic restaurant kitchen. Twenty years later, he finally gets a second star at the Michelin guide. At the same time, the Hameau Albert 1er gets affiliated to the prestigious “Relais et Chateaux” chain. The 1999 year is definitely a “grand cru” for the Hameau Albert 1er. Then, in 2011, the hotel gets its 5-star certification.
Pierre Maillet will then take over Pierre Carrier as the Chef of the gastronomic restaurant Al-bert 1er until Fall 2018. It is now up to Damien Leveau, previously Sous Chef to lead the teams. His way of cooking is very modern and pure in order to serve the product. The 2022 edition allowed Damien Leveau and his teams to confirm their Michelin star.
We congratulate them for their amazing work and wish the best to this young, dynamic and creative team.