Three days of workshops, classes and conferences for chefs and culinary professionals from around the world will be the basis for the Chef’s World Summit at the Grimaldi Forum later this month.
These gastro-pros are coming together to discuss the changes in their professions under three main themes: eco-responsibility, training and recruitment methods for a new generation, and the latest in catering concepts.
Under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, this 4th annual congress will see Christophe Bacquié, Executive Chef of his eponymous restaurant in Le Castellet, as Honorary Chairperson and Executive Chef at Geneva’s Hotel President Wilson, Michael Roth, as the International Sponsor.
The event will touch on hot topics ranging from gastronomy, bistronomy, wines, trends, marketing, youth training, teamwork, and cooking for those with allergies.
But the event is not just for those already in the culinary arts business, it is also a place for people interested in the high-end food and beverage industry, those wishing to advance their skills and knowledge, and those who are considering this career path.
In addition to the many talks, exhibitors and workshops, there will be special events such as the unveiling of the 2020 ‘100 Chefs’ from Le Chef Magazine, who will also be awarding the top 10 chefs as they see it, the International Cuisine Cup/Prince Albert II of Monaco Trophy which grants the prize to the chef who executes the best all-around meal using their own creativity mixed with adherence to French culinary heritage, the International Culinary Photography Festival exhibit, and a Chef’s Gala.
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The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) awarded its 2018 European Medal of Tolerance to Prince Albert on Tuesday, March 6, for his commitment to truth, tolerance and historical reconciliation.
ECTR President Dr Moshe Kantor and ECTR Chairman former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair presented the medal to Prince Albert at the ECTR's first roundtable held in Monte Carlo, from March 5 to 7, to address the threat of radicalisation and issues surrounding the challenges to tolerance in European societies.
On presenting the honour, Dr Kantor said, "The European Medal of Tolerance is awarded to you because of exceptional personal leadership and inspiration to advance truth, tolerance and historical reconciliation. You have found the courage and political wisdom to openly address painful history and difficult memories."
In 2015, Prince Albert acknowledged Monaco’s rounding up and deportation of 66 Jews in 1942.
Dr Kantor added, "Your Highness' gesture of supporting historical truth and unveiling a monument commemorating deported Jews in World War II has been such a liberating act of contrition, all the more impressive because it concerned not only among your own people, but also because of your own family's political responsibilities for the course of events."
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Upon receiving the award Prince Albert said, "The promotion of international tolerance, reconciliation and education for which we must work are, in my view, of paramount importance in order to build a balanced world showing solidarity.
"I am particularly touched by the recognition that you are honouring me with and I would like to thank you very much. As Head of State, I will ensure that my actions continue to be worthy of the trust you have shown me today."
The ECTR is an opinion-making and advisory body on international tolerance promotion, reconciliation and education, and fosters understanding and tolerance, educates towards reconciliation, facilitates post-conflict social apprehensions, monitors racism, antisemitism and xenophobia and proposes pro-tolerance initiatives and legal solutions.
Among its prominent members are Tony Blair, ECTR Board Chairman, Jose María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden, VairaVike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia and Rita Süssmuth, former Speaker of the German Bundestag. Founding member of the ECTR was the late Vaclav Havel, one of the principal leaders of the democratic transformation in Central Europe. (Source: ECTR)
Article first published March 6, 2018.
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Almost 10,000 people attended the first edition of F(ê)aites de la Danse, organised by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Monaco government and Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, on July 1, making the night a huge success.
The festive atmosphere on the Place du Casino was also a tremendous achievement for Jean-Christophe Maillot, Director of the Monte-Carlo Ballets. Many genres were in evidence: dances of the world, dances of salons, jazz, urban dance, tango, hip-hop, free skate, and pole dances, added to the growing excitement.
After midnight, Place du Casino became a huge open-air nightclub with DJ Greg Boust, and from 2 am onwards, the French DJ moved to the Monte-Carlo Opera, transformed for the occasion into a nightclub, while outside the public also danced to his music in the impromptu discotheque on the Casino terrace.
For the event’s creator, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Director of the Ballets of Monte-Carlo, it was a dream come true, although did admit to having pre-festival nerves as to whether people would get involved.
Within minutes he had his answer, with the public and the dancers mixing together. “The magic started immediately,” he said.
At midnight, attendance was at its maximum and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo presented a public performance of the creation Core Meu, with the music of Antonio Castrignano.
“People showed great happiness, the dancers descended into the crowd and I saw the famous line that always separates the artists and the spectators disappear. These are images that will give me beautiful emotions for a long time. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the Monte-Carlo ballet team that works every day alongside me and all the people of the Société des Bains de Mer and the Prince's government who cooperated for this event.”
Hoping for a repeat in the future, he added: “I will always have a special attachment for this first time.”