#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The columnist of Vogue, GQ and Forbes magazines Gennady Josefavichus, the creator and editor-in-chief of the Salt project, the permanent columnist of GQ and Aeroflot Premium Ivan Glushkov, the editor-in-chief of Robb Report Andrey Zolotov, columnist of the Restorator Chef and Simple Wine News publications Anna Kukulina were among the guests.
The Taimyr Salt’s program was opened by ice fishing on the Yenisey. Under the guidance of local professionals, the expedition members were catching smelt, and after exercises with a fishing rod, they assessed what the fresh catch tasted like, the organizers, the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA), said.
Acquaintance with the way of life of the northerners continued in the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore. The peculiarities of the Dolgans, Nganasans, Nenets, Evenks and Enets’ life aroused genuine interest among the guests, and the most popular photo zone was the central exhibit of the museum collection – the mammoth Zhenya.
A sightseeing tour of the city and its environs helped the guests to immerse themselves in the past of Norilsk and understand how it lives today. The visiting chefs recognized the Norilsk greenhouses as one of the most impressive locations.
The guests learned about the work of the city-forming enterprise, the Nornickel company, both underground and on the water – at the training ground of the Anhydrit mine of the Kayerkansky mine and on board the Avraamy Zavenyagin icebreaker. The members of the expedition admitted that they were able to better understand the country’s mining and metallurgical industry leader’s activities scale and were filled with a deep sense of respect for the people working in harsh climatic conditions.
The most spectacular point of the Taimyr Salt’s program was a helicopter excursion to the Irkindinsky waterfall on the Putorana plateau.
Acquaintance with Taimyr became both exciting and tasty for the expedition members.
The local residents could appreciate dishes made of traditional northern products performed by culinary gurus from Moscow, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnoyarsk.
An evening of gourmet cuisine was held at the Grill Farm reastaurant. Olga Suzdalkina (brand-chef of the Salt restaurant, Moscow) and Pavel Borisenko (Salt restaurant, Kaliningrad) served choir with wheat, whitefish caviar and kelp, reindeer with parsnips, drake liver and soaked lingonberries and other unusual dishes.
The visiting chefs shared their experience with their Norilsk colleagues. Also, as part of the educational program of the expedition, two lectures were held: the metropolitan sommelier Andrey Larin spoke about the secrets of his profession, and Olga Suzdalkina spoke about the trends in healthy eating.
“One of the main results of Taimyr Salt was the expedition participants’ unanimous recognition of the huge tourist potential of the territory. This is adventure, industrial, ethnographic, and gastronomic tourism”, the NDA said.
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Text: Victor Tsaryov, Photo: Denis Gaskov, Evgeny Tumashov, Alyona Ivanova, Nikolay Shchipko