Presidential dinners from Prince Rainier III’s time to be recreated by Monaco’s finest chefs

Presidential dinner

As part of the Prince Rainier III centenary celebrations, three Michelin starred chefs from the Société des Bains de Mer group are honouring his memory by “perfectly reproducing” menus served to French presidents during the late ruler’s reign. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming ‘Presidential Dinner’ experiences.  

The Prince’s Palace was host to three presidents of the French Republic during Prince Rainier III’s time as Monaco’s Head of State.   

Charles de Gaulle was first, on 23rd October 1960, followed nearly a quarter of a century later by François Mitterrand on 19th January 1984. Finally, it was the turn of Jacques Chirac, who came to visit on 25th July 1997.  

Beyond being purely diplomatic visits, these trips were marked by a shared appreciation for joie de vivre and excellent gastronomical taste; sentiments set to be revived anew during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ experiences planned for the month of December.  


To celebrate the art of fine food in the Principality, and in memory of Monaco’s so called Builder Prince, three of Société des Bains de Mer’s (SBM) finest chefs are set to recreate the meals enjoyed by these historic leaders in days gone by. 

From 4th to 10th December, Chef Marcel Ravin will be taking on the meal created for President de Gaulle at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort’s Restaurant L’Orange Verte. Dinner is €199 with a wine pairing option for an additional €75. To book a seat, click here.  

The next location will be Le Grill at the Hôtel de Paris for Chef Dominique Lory’s menu in homage to the meal shared by Prince Rainier and President Mitterrand. Reservations for dinners between 11th and 17th December cost €450 per person. To reserve a table for a minimum of two, click here 

Last but not least, Chef Yannick Alléno will serve the carte offered to President Chirac at the Pavyllon restaurant in the Hôtel Hermitage from 18th to 23rd December. This meal will be accessible to parties of two or more for €450 per person. For reservations, click here

With three such incredible moments in time being revisited by these inspired and inspirational chefs, why not give them all a try this holiday season?  


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Photo credit: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer