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The Dîner des Grands Chefs 2012 in New York City

Gotham Hall on Broadway hosted the second edition of the Dîner des Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux on 16 April,. Again this year, 45 of the Associations Grands Chefs continued this Culinary World Tour which started a year ago in France at the Château de Versailles. This time, tribute was paid to the American terroir. The theme “Springtime in New York” attracted 45 renowned Chefs who shared the top billing. 10 different nationalities were represented from all over the world: France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Singapore and Taiwan as well as 45 different career paths: from legendary chefs like Daniel Boulud or Patrick O’Connell to future leaders like César Troisgros and Christopher Kostow, including the most recent three-star chefs Thomas Bühner and Emmanuel Renaut and a new generation perfectly represented by Lan-Shu Chen.

45 different cuisines were showcased as well: regionalist with Marc Meneau or Annie Féolde, fusion with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, just to name a few. 45 passionate personalities came together to create a culinary score live in open pop-up kitchens, only a few metres from the guests. Every chef worked with a star ingredient “Made in the USA”: asparagus, morels, Maine scallops, sea bass from Montauk, rack of lamb… Every table enjoyed its own customised menu; altogether 15 different exceptional menus. The dinner was accompanied by the Maison de Champagne Pommery with its famous Cuvées Louise 1989, 1990 served in jeroboams, and Cuvée Louise Rosé 2000 to round out this exceptional gustatory experience.

This celebration was orchestrated by 42 maîtres d’hôtel, 12 sommeliers…in a naturally decorated Gotham Hall covered by vegetation with the colours of spring from the floor to the ceiling. A perfect setting to awaken all the senses of the 400 guests, including celebrities and public figures like actress Elizabeth Olsen, model Coco Rocha, Frédéric Lefèbvre, French Secretary of State for Trade and François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the Unites States. All discerning gourmets, who were visibly delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate this art de vivre by Relais & Châteaux. The Association has also been happy to offer others the conviviality of a good meal, by supporting Citymeals-on-Wheels. The co-founders of the Zagat Survey, Tim and Nina Zagat, were presented by the Grands Chefs with the Art de Vivre Award, “a recognition created exclusively for the Dîner des Grands Chefs to reward the many years of relentless work and commitment of Tim and Nina for the benefit of the culinary arts and restaurant industry”, said Chairman of the Board Jaume Tàpies.

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Another Charming French Chef on the Rise – Vincent Gadan, Vive la France!

It’s a very exciting week for Patisse as Executive Chef Vincent Gadan appears on the small screen three nights this week! Vincent, who appeared last night in the MasterChef Immunity Challenge, will also appear on SBS Food Safari on Thursday night and will finish off the week with a special Dessert Masterclass on Masterchef.
Last night in the MasterChef Immunity Challenge, Vincent beat audience hot favourite Hayden Quinn in a nail biting finish. Vincent who is a classically trained Pastry Chef was placed totally out of his comfort zone when asked to create the perfect Pork Roast.
“My life’s work has been Pastry and to be asked to participate in an Immunity Challenge cooking a meal was the biggest professional challenge I have faced to date. I loved the adrenalin rush and the MasterChef experience, however my passion will always be Pastry!” says Vincent.

On Friday night, Vincent gets the opportunity to show the MasterChef audience where his real talents lie by hosting a Pastry Masterclass in the Patisse kitchen. The class will feature a ‘How To’ on making the best pastry and three delicious signature tarts.
On Thursday 23rd June, Vincent will be featured on the premiere SBS episode of its nine-part French Food Safari series. Maeve O’Meara visits the Patisse kitchen with Vincent demonstrating a true French classic, the Raspberry Soufflé.
To continue sharing the Art of Pastry, Michelle Guberina, Patisse’s owner, is hosting monthly Themed High Tea and now offers the opportunity for the public to have Two Hour Private pastry & dessert Cooking Classes with Vincent.
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