The culture of the top level spa experience is to create an environment where guests can be completely transported from the everyday to refresh, relax and rejuvenate – with lasting beneficial results. The return to everyday life comes with new energy and enthusiasm, and with satisfaction at a quality standard that brings everyone back, time and again.
What makes the experience at Lake Austin something distinctive is a thorough and careful program of dining that invites participation and facilitates education of the guest all during the rest and relaxation of the stay. One gets to enjoy the finest meals prepared by Chef Stephane Beaucamp and his team, and the opportunity to learn from Chef, and other food and nutrition experts at Lake Austin about how to incorporate the culture of healthful and flavorful cooking and decision making in meals at home and every day.
Chef Stephane Beaucamp and the acclaimed team at Lake Austin Spa Resort are expert in designing and implementing culinary experiences that fully immerse one in the delight, nourishment and flavors of cuisine. These dining experiences also achieve guests’ goals of better health and living following their stays. This standard-setting approach has won Lake Austin Spa Resort international acclaim and praise as one of the world’s best spa destinations from such top news outlets as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, US News & World Report and Allure, to name a few.
Chef Beaucamp brings an incredible understanding of world cuisine and the spa experience to this Texas Hill Country destination. He was born in Argenteuil, just outside Paris, and discovered a passion for food and cooking to drive his career following a summer as a young boy working in his uncle’s bistro in Arromanches, Normandy. He studied at the Belliard culinary school in Paris, was an apprentice at Paris’ Hôtel Plaza-Athénée, and then went on to cook at the Grand Café des Capucines and other Parisian dining destinations. Chef also led the culinary team at the famous spa of Enghien-les-Bains and the Hôtel le Trianon in Versailles and the Parisian destination Barfly. Chef then came to the United States to lead the team at Bouchon Bistro Lyonnais on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Chef Beaucamp has also cooked for many celebrities, including Elton John, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Tim Curry, Adrian Brody, and Nicole Kidman.
Chef Beaucamp incorporates the wonderful culture of French cuisine in his approach at Lake Austin. Flavor-filled, top ingredients brought together in carefully created recipes make every bite delightful, so one is completely satisfied with less. But the enjoyment of food is big – and is not compromised at all!
“What we try to teach our guests is that with good ingredients, you can make a small portion of something to eat so good and satisfying,” said Chef Beaucamp. “Dieting is something you do to lose weight in a certain period of time. We’re not about being a diet center. We are showing our guests how to use great, natural and seasonal ingredients in really good recipes, along with portion control, and exercise, that they can incorporate into the day to day to create health for the long-term.”
“And what we also love creating is a spa experience as a resort,” Chef continues. “Women and their husbands are coming together to stay with us. Everyone enjoys their stays because we have a really relaxing experience at a beautiful location, along with a spa with healthy benefits!”
Lake Austin Spa Resort features The Culinary Experience™, an interactive week each month that includes guest chef visits from the world’s culinary stars like Joanne Weir, Cooking Light’s Chef David Bonom, Top Chef star Tre Wilcox, and green living expert and tv host Sara Snow. Topics for the guest courses during The Culinary Experience can include All About Herbs, Boat, Hike and Breakfast Cookout, Remodeled Recipes, Wine Tastings, The Chocolate Mystique and Kitchen Gadgets.
At every meal and in every facet of the guest’s stay, Chef Stephane and team prove that real and healthful enjoyment of the good life can happen – with the design of recipes that have a reasonable balance of flavor, satisfaction and good nutritional content. The combined Ben E. Keith Foods and Winn Meat Company teams, led by John Wonder, have the privilege of procuring the fine proteins for Chef’s recipes to ensure the freshest and best flavor for guests at every meal.
Chef’s Resort Dining menu is a wonderful study of lovely and fresh ingredients combined to sustain enthusiasm about food and making good choices, with selections like Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese and Pear Soufflé with a Molasses gastrique; the Prosciutto and Provolone Panini, lean Italian ham and cheese, sweet red peppers, baby arugula and fig vinaigrette on toasted Ciabatta bread; a Chile Marinated Pork Loin with all natural pork, ancho chile paste/citrus rub, pan-sautéed, shredded lettuce, radish, fresh green tomatillo salsa; and The Black and Blue, an all natural beef tenderloin stuffed with blue cheese crumbles, dusted with Cajun spice, then pan-sautéed and finished with a blackberry pan reduction.
Along with the choice of dining traditionally in small groups, Lake Austin Spa Resort’s Aster Café features The Friendship Table, a community dining experience that allows guests to visit and make friends with each other while they enjoy Chef’s fine recipes. Star recipes at The Aster Café include the Grand Island Gumbo, with Gulf shrimp, house-smoked chicken, Broken Arrow Ranch wild board sausage, okra, tomatoes, Cajun seasonings; and the Wholegrain Flatbread, with smoked gouda, barbecued chicken, caramelized onion, apple, baby spinach and barbecue sauce.
Standard-setting business that garners such international accolades takes an intensely dedicated commitment to quality. We applaud Chef Beaucamp and the entire team at Lake Austin Spa Resort for their fine work and precise focus that are continuing to shine a wonderful international spotlight on both the Texas Hill Country and the Lone Star State.