The French connection

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The French connection

Chaines is a 60-year-old French association, present in over 70 countries, which opened its India Bailliage in Bangalore in 2008. The evening was rich with heritage, culture and fine food which was especially created by the Chef de cuisine, for the members present.

Chaines de Rotisseurs has a rich history behind it. “The society started off as the French ‘guild of goose roosters’ in 1248 in Paris at the time of King Louis IX and was re-established in1950 as the Chaines de Rotisseurs, a club meant for food industry professionals,” said Manfred Matysik, a member.

Today, with over 25,000 members, this club is as unique as its members. Most of the members are professionals in the industry but the club has its doors open to non-professionals too. Chetan Kamani is not into  food business but his love for food guaranteed him an invitation. “I go to every event because it is an experience,” he says. “I even went to Goa to attend just a luncheon there. My family thought that I had lost it,” he adds laughing.

Something else that is especially noticeable are the ribbons worn by the members which are presented to them during induction. “There are over 25 different colours of ribbons depending on your status in the organisation and the profession,”says Manfred Matysik. The dinner was a black-tie event, where an evening dress was de rigueur for women. It started with a brief description of the menu by the executive chef, where he took the invitees through an exclusive repertoire of wines which were to be paired with a gourmet menu planned. During the dinner, smoking and using of cellphones was not permitted. The dishes were created exclusively for the dinner and took almost 40 days to finalise the menu.

This was evident as the guests were served with the food which were full of ingredients which may not normally go together but created magic as they came straight from the kitchen. Each course of the Italian meal allowed the guests to experience something new and exciting. The evening came to an end with a standing ovation to the team of chefs who had imagined and executed the wonderful meal for everyone. “These events are a gastronomical experience for the people who are invited. There is nothing else they take back from the evening other than the fine food and drinks,” says Anja Matysik-Kroll, Chargee de Missions of the Bailliage in India.

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