Foodie Feast

Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius once again played host to the Bernard Loiseau Festival Culinare from March 21-28, the 10th edition of this unique week-long celebration of gastronomy. Since 2006, the festival has bought six Michelin-starred chefs from Europe to the Indian Ocean Island and paired them with six chefs from Constance Hotels and Resorts properties. Along with encouraging the exchange of culinary traditions, the event hosts a number of exciting events including cooking classes, wine competitions, and the ‘twelve-star’ Gala night dinner.

This year, the festival kicked off on March 21 with a Barmen contest which challenged competitors to push the limits of the art of mixology. The culinary event really kicked off on March 22 however, when the random draw decided the six competing teams – each composed of one Michelin-starred chef and one Constance Hotels and Resorts chef – and introduced them to the culinary traditions of Mauritius.

Over the rest of the week, guests were treated to a special dinner by Masachi Ijichi, desserts by celebrated pâtissier Pierre Hermé, a live sketch by artist Anne Delplace, a ‘Three Star’ dinner and cooking class by Patrick Bertron, a Sommelier competition, and an ‘Art de la Table’ competition where participants competed to set the best table and offer the best service.

In between all the exciting events, the teams competing in the main event started to get to know each other and build a basis for good teamwork for the final culinary competition which was held on March 26. The winner of the 10th edition of the Festival Culinar Bernard Loiseau were France’s William Frachot and Amit Chandel from Constance Ephelia Seychelles, who served a starter of creamy palm heart and pineapple confit with black pepper and pomegranate, and a main course of organic grilled seabass with calebasse, claws, and mussel curry broth.

The festival culminated in the glamorous ’12-star’ dinner on March 27, and the official prize-giving ceremony on March 28.

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