The Monaco Yacht Club (YCM) and Bluewater have joined forces to organise a competition for superyacht chefs on April 5.
Over three rounds of 30 minutes, three chefs will each prepare an original dish, at workstations replicating the reduced kitchen areas they operate in on yachts. Contestants will be judged, by a jury chaired by Prince Albert, on their creativity, use of produce, presentation and taste. The three chefs with the highest scores will compete in the grand finale, at 3 pm, for the Lalique Trophy, which will be presented by His Serene Highness.
“L’Art de Vivre la Mer is our motto,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club de Monaco. “In keeping with the competition that we organise for chefs every two years during Monaco Classic Week – La Belle Classe, we want to pay tribute to these professionals who put their talents and culinary artistry at the service of owners. Promoting yachting professions to the general public is an important objective for us in our desire to position Monaco as Capital of Yachting.”
For the 2018 edition, 12 chefs will go head-to-head on superyachts from 40-105m, five flying the Yacht Club de Monaco flag: Rola (47m), Black Legend (50m), Sokar (64m), Royal Romance (92m) and the iconic Lady Moura (105m).
The Jury includes Stéphane Raimbault (two Michelin stars, Oasis restaurant in Mandelieu); Michelin star chef Jacques Maximin (two-time Chef of the Year and Meilleur Ouvrier de France); Michelin star chef Patrick Raingeard (Cap Estel in Eze); Philippe Joannés (Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Fairmont Monte Carlo); and Cédric Seguela (founder of the Secrets de Cuisine culinary school that trains superyacht chefs).
“We are delighted to partner with YCM for the first time with our world-famous Superyacht Chef Competition,” commented Peter Bennett, Founder and Managing Director of Bluewater.
“Now in its 9th year, we are continually amazed at the talent of the yacht chefs and what they are able to create from a limited selection of surprise ingredients, in just 30 minutes. The competition is growing, the pressure is on, and with this exciting jury line-up we hope the chefs are ready to create dishes that will make them stand out from the rest.”
The Superyacht Chef Competition takes place at the Monaco Yacht Club, from 11 am to 5 pm, and is open to the public.