Usually going from three stars to one star is devastating for a chef.
But for noma alum James Sharman it seems to be quite the opposite. Sharman is the brain behind One Star House Party, a two-year traveling, transcontinental pop-up kitchen, and has apparently begun taking the term haute cuisine very literally.
For the flagship stop on his One Star House Party, Sharman will be planting his flag on Mount Everest, according to the program's website. The meal won't be at the top of the mountain, to be clear, but at base camp. But at 17,600 feet of elevation, it's easily the highest location on this planet to get a Michelin-level feast.
At $1,050 USD, the price is almost as steep as the incline. But it's also not much more than a tasting menu with wine at The French Laundry, and you'll get a hell of a lot more than just snacks. The bundle includes hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, two guides, a down jacket, and a sleeping bag.
Unlike most dining experience, the Base Camp leg of this culinary tour will last a whopping 14 days. In addition to an insane travel experience, the trek promises to offer a glimpse into the psyche of a presumably obsessive and adventurous chef.
"Experience the restaurant we create at the peak of our journey, but also the process of discovery with the One Star House Party team," One Star House Party writes on their site. "Since we began traveling from country to country, the food we have fallen in love with the most has been the food created under unique or challenging circumstances."
So if you really want to one-up your buddies who bragged about going to that noma Australia pop-up, or the naked restaurant pop-up or the arcade game pop-up, fork out 11 big ones and pack your most IG-worthy scarf. This is going to be the mother of all pop-ups... until Rene Redzepi decides to one-up his former protegé with a pop-up in outer space.