Lifestyle & Wellbeing
Brought to you by: Pastor Real Estate & Barclays
Monegasque gastronomic fare took a trip to the subcontinent for four days in September to present the Monaco Organic Food Fair in the vibrant “city of all dreams”, Mumbai.
Monaco Tourism Board (DTC), the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), and Michelin-star chef Marcel Ravin of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort organised the event from 26th to 29th September at the Hotel Oberoi’s Vetro restaurant.
Themed ‘From Monaco with love’, the Indian audience was soon inspired by the cuisine of the Principality and the charm of Mr Ravin, who over the course of four days was able to offer his creations to local celebrities, industry leaders, and representatives from the media.
At a press lunch, given by the Monaco Representation Office of India, the Principality’s Directorate of Communication’s representative Corrine Kiabski applauded the event, saying: “The festival was very productive for Monaco because we met some very interesting media reps and influencers, sharing the same values in terms of sustainable development.”
Chef Ravin heartily seconded her viewpoints and added his long-held desires to spend time on the subcontinent. “I waited for so long to come to India, it is a dream that has come true for me,” he said. “It was such an experience to have been able to share our knowledge with Indian confreres, proving that cooking is above all a matter of love and sharin. So much so that this experience inspired me.”
The cross-cultural benefits are not only for those gastronomically inclined. As Rajeev Nangia, Director of the Monaco Office in India, pointed out: “This event was conceived with the aim of making the Principality’s culinary arts discovered here in India, and why not attract some high-end Indian travellers to the shores of the Mediterranean.”
The government has revealed that Monegasque schools are conducting regular medical screenings of students with the aim of detecting certain disorders early enough to help make a difference.
Despite a massive expansion project in the works, the current Princess Grace Hospital continues to stay on the cutting edge with the introduction of new equipment and technologies.
General crime rates in the Principality dropped by a significant 16% between the years 2016 and 2019, and street crime by an impressive 52%.
Monaco Life speaks to Artcurial Monaco Director Louise Gréther about this week’s winter auctions at the Hermitage Hotel.
“Exploration yachts are a trend we have seen for the last two years,” says Johan Pizzardini, Communications and Media Manager for the Monaco Yacht Show. “People don’t want to charter the most expensive yacht - they want a yacht with unique experiences.”“This is particularly true for younger customers,” he continues. “If they’re cruising in the Antarctic, they’ll often invite scientists for a research project. It’s not just about sunning yourself in the Bahamas.” Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli has donated his 96-metre explorer superyacht, Vava II, to be used for several scientific expeditions. It has been loaned to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and other research universities from around the world. Mark Duncan, Fraser Yachts Business Development Director, says: “I can think of four or five yachts currently under construction which are being built to an owner’s spec that include research facilities.” One example is the 183-metre Rev Ocean, due to launch in 2020, accommodating a permanent team of up to 60 scientists. It’s being designed to research CO2 emissions’ impact on the oceans, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing.
Bannenburg says: “There was a period before the financial crisis when there was an element of market speculation - people were buying shipyard building slots in order to sell them on quickly for profit,” says superyacht designer Dickie Bannenberg. “It only affirmed that a financial crisis was due. No one needs a yacht. It’s by and large the passion that drives them to do it."