Year of Gastronomy,
Year of Auguste Escoffier's 175th birthday anniversary,
Year of the Disciples Escoffier!!!
It is with great satisfaction that Nicolas Sale, Michel Escoffier and the Magistral Council send you this testimony of the great success of these Epicure's Dinners, this crazy bet born from a crisis meeting a year ago.
In full confinement during an unprecedented global crisis, this meeting of the Magistral Council where the difficult topics of the sanitary crisis were tackled, was when the decision of organizing this world dinner in all our delegations to celebrate and honor Auguste Escoffier was made.
One year of work for hundreds of people, invested every day without counting, to realize this project.
Behind this great cause, even greater: celebrating French Gastronomy, helping the most disadvantaged, valuing professionals, honouring volunteers and young people, celebrating a return to normal life.
Tireless work, a desire of all to meet again. Finding customers, friends, business partners, establishments...
This was the dream of Auguste Escoffier, SHARING, without borders, without distinction of origin or class. Just the love of cooking, the basis of true happiness according to him.
An exceptional patron for this project, Guillaume Gomez Ambassador of France for Gastronomy, an exclusive work of art by Virginie Broquet to illustrate these menus, a menu created by the heirs of Auguste Escoffier (Nicolas Sale, Michel Roth MOF, Guy Legay MOF and Eddy Benghanem having all officiated at the Ritz Paris), loyal international partners ready to help (Nestlé Professional, Garden Gourmet, Valrhona, Rougié, Comte de Cheurlin), but also the support of all the local partners, the enthusiasm of the Presidents of the Delegations and their members, a large-scale charitable operation, a noble and motivating cause, gastronomes excited to meet around a good table, all the ingredients were brought together to make this moment a success.
Around the 28th of October, for Auguste Escoffier's Anniversary, nearly 7,000 Epicureans in more than 20 countries gathered to toast in his honour and that of Gastronomy in the more than 60 dinners that were organized.
The figures of the donations that were made continue to come to us, with tens of thousands of Euros donated to charitable organizations!
A Newsletter will soon be dedicated to this important point.
What about the dinners that couldn’t be arranged because of health restrictions? They will take place at the beginning of 2022, just for the pleasure of being part of this global movement of sharing, friendship, values and transmission.
We come back to the words of our International President, “Alone we go faster, but together we go further!”
In the meantime, our next world meeting is scheduled from April 1st - 3rd 2022 in Nice for the International Congress.
October 28 was just the start of the festivities for the Alsace Grand Est delegation! In this delegation, there are not 1 but 3 Epicurean Dinners !!
The first therefore on October 28 at the 1741 restaurant in Strasbourg, on November 8 at the Au Gourmet restaurant in Drusenheim then on November 15 in Ottrott at l'Ami Fritz.
The profits from these dinners will be donated to the Les Enfants de Marthe Association, which helps children with cancer.
Organised by the president Jean Michel Mougard and his team.
Crédits photos DNA et RD
The Epicure's Dinner of the Bourgogne Franche Comté Delegation took place on October 28 in the superb Château de Courban in Burgundy, the menu prepared by the starred chef Takashi Kinoshita.
The benefits of this evening will be donated to the association Anémone (Association du Noël des Enfants Malades – Organiser Noël pour ces Enfants) which allows to offer gifts and a show to children hospitalized during the Christmas holidays in Dijon and around.
Organized by the owner of the Chateau, Frédéric Vandendriessche, his teams and the Disciples of the delegation, under the chairmanship of Mario Vino.
Photo credits Marc Combier Photographe
The Epicure's Dinner of the Centre Val de Loire Delegation took place on October 28 at the Best Western Hotel Le Grand Monarque de Chartres celebrating the 175th anniversary of the birth of Auguste Escoffier.
The dinner was made by Thomas Parnaud, Romain Baudron and the brigades of the Grand Monarque.
A cheque was given to the association "Chartres Sanctuaire du Monde" to participate in the safeguarding of heritage.
Organized by President Rémy Giraud and his team.
The Epicure's Dinner of the Delegation Grand Lyon Ain Loire took place on October 28 at the Intercontinental Lyon Hôtel Dieu.
A brigade of 14 chefs prepared the dinner for the 250 guests present. The funds raised will go towards the school project in the restaurant professions for disadvantaged women of the association ALYNEA.
Organized by Christophe Geoffroy and the Disciples Escoffier team of the delegation, chaired by Bernard Corbignot MOF.
On Sunday October 24 in the late afternoon, a procession of Chefs, Meilleurs Ouvriers de France and lovers of gastronomy and fine dishes gathered at the prestigious Château Cheval Blanc to attend the induction chapter. The cocktail was prepared and served by Maison Monblanc, assisted by the students of the Ferrandi School […].
At the end of this cocktail, the guests walked towards the heart of the medieval city of Saint Emilion in the Dominican Room for the Epicure's Dinner.
The benefits of this exceptional evening were donated to the association Les Enfants de la Lune.
Text: MONBLANC Traiteur
Organised by the President of the delegation, Patrick Guat and his team.
Photo Credits DR
The Epicure's Dinner of the Mayenne Pays de Loire delegation took place in Meslay-du Maine on November 12.
What made this dinner special is that it was the largest Epicure's Dinner organized in the world with no less than 550 guests served!
The profits were donated to France Alzheimer.
A few words from Christian Louvigné, President of the delegation and organizer of the evening: “A team of friends serving two causes: the memory of Auguste Escoffier and his work, as well as the financial and moral support provided to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
A beautiful evening of solidarity offered by the members of our delegation, surrounded by many people from Mayenne, who brilliantly defended our values.”
Photo credit Christian Heuline and Hubert Houzet
The Epicure's Dinner of the Occitanie Pays Catalan Delegation took place on October 28 in the sumptuous setting of the Restaurant la Barbacane Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery with a menu concocted by the Chef Jérôme Ryon.
All the dishes were served in Food & Wine pairings in partnership with the Maison des Champagne Comte de Cheurlin and the wines of the AOC Minervois - Officiel.
The benefits of this evening will be donated to Purple Campus Carcassonne to help train young people in the Service and Catering professions.
Organized by President Fabien De Bruyn and his team.
Photo credits Ludo Charles Photographer - Studio LC VISION
The Paris Ile de France Delegation’s Epicure's Dinner took place on October 28th at Place Vendôme, just a few steps away from the legendary Ritz Paris.
This dinner focused all the attention with the presence of our International President, Nicolas Sale Officiel, the worldwide patron of the event Guillaume Gomez, French Ambassador of Gastronomy, chefs having co-signed the world menu with Nicolas Sale: Michel Roth, MOF Bocuse d'Or, Guy Legay, MOF, Eddy Benghanem (having all officiated at the Ritz Paris!) and the president(s) of the major French culinary associations.
Not to forget the presentation of the medal of honor of the Disciples Escoffier to our patron Guillaume Gomez, the induction of Davy Tissot, Bocuse d'Or 2021, the presence of Alain Griset, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises, and Didier Chenet, President of GNI Hôtellerie restauration.
Superb evening organized masterfully by Potel and Chabot and led by Marie Soria, the president of the delegation.
Photo credits Alban Gilbert Photographe
The Epicure's Dinners of the Provence Languedoc Delegation took place on October 28 at the Domaine de l'Hers in the vineyards of Châteauneuf du pape; a world-famous village.
100 guests were gathered that evening to enjoy the meal fully cooked by the Escoffier chefs of the delegation: Claude Lambert , Michel Benet , Denis Blin, Philippe Parc and the president Franck Jacquier.
All the wines were offered by the Chateauneuf du Pape winegrowers' union, thanks to Michel Blanc its President.
The benefits of this dinner will be donated for Operation OCTOBER ROSE.
Organized by the President of the Delegation Franck Jacquier and his team.
Crédits Photos Le DL /C.C.
The Provence Méditerranée Delegation’s Epicure's Dinner took place on October 25.
280 meals in 6 chapters were served in the reception room of Fort Ganteaume, evening sponsored by the chefs Dominique Frérard, Christophe Pacheco MOF.
Then, on October 28, still in Auguste Escoffier’s spirit of sharing, this delegation had the honour and pleasure of preparing nearly 300 meal trays including starter, main course, cheese and dessert for the Restaurants du Cœur des Bouches du Rhône.
Organized by Alain Laporte and his team.
Photo Credits: Lotti Pix Photographe and So Perrau
Under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who honoured the organisers with his presence, the Epicure's Dinner in Monte Carlo brought together nearly 450 guests on 28 October.
This Dinner was made by several prestigious Chefs, all Disciples of Escoffier, under the leadership of Philippe Joannès MOF.
The wine selection was carried out by Dominique Milardi, President of the Association des Sommeliers Monégasques.
The evening was also the occasion for Jean-Claude Brugel, in his capacity as President of the Disciples Escoffier Riviera Côte d'Azur Corse and Monaco and Mario d'Orio, representing the International President Nicolas Sale, to proceed to the exceptional induction of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The centerpieces of the Golden Hall of the Fairmont Monte Carlo were decorated with care, the Rose Auguste Escoffier ®Meizasmyne, created in 2020 by the company Roseraies Meilland Richardier in tribute to the emblematic Chef of French gastronomy, was at the centre of the compositions,
The artist, Virginie Broquet, present for the occasion, presented to His Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco, the lithograph No. 1 of the work which illustrates the menu of this 175th anniversary of the birth of Auguste Escoffier.
Organized by the Auguste Escoffier Foundation.
Photo Credit Gourmet de France MikaPhoto et Axel Bastello Palais Princie
The Grandes Alpes Delegation, chaired by Alain Patrick Fauconnet who was unable to organize their Epicure's Dinner for reasons beyond their control, will organize it during 2022.
On October 28, another world record in Epicure's Dinners, that of the greatest number of Dinners in the same country!!
That evening, in 11 cities of China, no less than 23 Epicurean dinners, with the same menu, took place bringing together 700 Disciples and Gastronomes!!!
Organised by the President of the delegation Peter Zhou and his team.
Discover this beautiful evening of sharing in video and photos:
Crédits photos DR
The Disciples and Epicureans of the South Korea delegation enjoyed the wonderful dinner on October 28 at Les Planches Busan restaurant.
The same world menu, recreated by chef Franck Lamache, Disciple of the South Korean delegation.
Organized by President Byong-Dong Jang and his team.
Credit Photo DR
On October 28, to celebrate the Master’s 175th birthday, more than 100 Disciples and epicureans gathered at the Diamond Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong to taste the wonderful dishes prepared by chef Peter Find and spend an unforgettable evening.
The proceeds of the Epicure's Dinner, organized by President Carlos de Sousa and his team, went to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.
DR Photo Credit
On October 28th in Jakarta, Indonesia, not only was the Epicure's Dinner held but it was also the first event of this young delegation at the Amuz Gourmet restaurant.
It was opportunity for the new team chaired by Gilles Marx to make the association known in the most beautiful way.
The benefits of the evening will be donated to Yayasan Komunitas Ambiente, who supports Agats in Papua.
Amuz Gourmet Photo Credit
The Disciples Escoffier Philippines joined other delegations all over the world with a lavish Epicure's Dinner in cooperation with PYC Foods Corporation, Cafe Fleur, One World Deli, One World Kitchen and Le Cellier Wines for a memorable evening of good food and camaraderie.
The finest chefs converged at One World Kitchen for a culinary spectacle befitting Auguste Escoffier's 175th birth anniversary. The open kitchen became a stage as the chefs performed a seamless choreography of precise and defined movements for the preparation of each dish.
This celebration was made even more special with the induction of new members to Escoffier Philippines adding to its growing base committed to keeping the Escoffier Spirit alive. The President of the Philippines delegation, Sau del Rosario, inducted the new members…
Bravo to Chefs Philip, Sau, Robert, Kaye and the rest of the team. From the venue to each of the courses in a sumptuous dinner, Escoffier Philippines pulled off a proper and fitting 175th birth anniversary celebration to honor a culinary icon.
As for all the delegations celebrating this event, it was a wonderful evening.
Organised by the President Sau del Rosario and his Team.
Credit Photo Dude for Food - dude4food.blogspot.com
For a re-opening after more than 4 months on lockdown, on the evening of October 28th, 3 outstanding Epicure’s dinners in 3 different cities: Restaurant P'ti Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Le Comptoir Danang in Danang, Fabrik in Hanoi took place.
In the presence of the Consul General of France in Ho Chi Minh City, Mrs. Pavillon-Grosser Emmanuelle, they made a toast together to Auguste Escoffier and French Gastronomy.
A big thanks to Chefs Sakal Phoeung, Olivier Corti and Olivier Génique and to the suppliers for their support: Hoàng Anh Vũ from Tru-Life Vietnam , Martin Treiber, Gourmet Partner Vietnam and Annam Gourmet.
Organised by the President Sakal Phoeung and his team.
Credit Photo DR
In Australia, during the week in which the Epicure's dinner took place, the country is just coming out of this lockdown, after more than 260 days of confinement in some areas and states, so their dinner has been rescheduled.
The Australia Delegation is in a new dynamic spirit, and they are committed to celebrating Auguste Escoffier’s birthday in early 2022, to prepare this dinner which is a great opportunity to grow their Association with the new chef de cuisine of the French Embassy.
Their very dear Ambassador of France, His Excellency Mr. Jean Pierre Thebault is already a Disciple Escoffier and he is honoured to offer them the venue of the Residence of the Embassy of France in Canberra.
Video text of the Président Christophe Grégoire.
On 28th October, because of the government's strict regulation due to the pandemic, the Singapore Delegation conducted a masterclass to celebrate the Auguste Escoffier's 175th birthday at Shatec Institutes for Culinary Students instead of executing the dinner. Despite the dinner being canceled, they still decided to celebrate in the best way possible and participate in this global event in the Escoffier Spirit.
Organised by the President Edmund Toh and his team.
Credit Photos DR
Due to the government restrictions, the Thailand Delegation decided to postpone the Epicure’s dinner, whilst waiting for a beautiful event to come.
But in the meantime, on October 31st, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Auguste Escoffier, the delegation gathered at Cagette Canteen & Deli in Bangkok for a great brunch. The country is going back to a "normal" life, which is great for everyone
Led by the President Frederic Hamann.
Credit Photo DR
The Cambodia Delegation, chaired by Richard Gillet who was unable to organize his Epicure's Dinner for health reasons, will organize it during 2022.
The Macau Delegation, chaired by Franck Damianovich who was unable to organize his Epicure's Dinner for reasons beyond their control, will organize it during 2022.
The New Caledonia Delegation, chaired by Olivier Haar, could not organize his Epicure's Dinner for health reasons, and will organize it during 2022.
The Tahiti Delegation, chaired by Christian Fréchède who was unable to organize his Epicure's Dinner for health reasons, will organize it in January 2022.
The great master of French gastronomy, Auguste Escoffier, would surely be delighted that his 175th birthday was celebrated in Croatia as well, thanks to his compatriots.
Namely, the French ambassador Gaël Veyssière and chef Mickael Alix – Disciple Escoffier of the Swiss delegation, under the Presidency of Pierre Alain Favre, organized a Diner d’Epicure in Zagreb, and thus put Croatia on the map of 30 countries on five continents that pay homage to the “father of modern cuisine”.
This was also the first gathering of the soon-to-be delegation, so during this celebration, in the French ambassador’s residence in Zagreb, the host Gaël Veyssière, chefs Mickael Alix, Tomica and Ivan Đukić, Tino Vojaković, winemaker Damir Josić, received sashes and diplomas, and recognitions were handed to them by Pierre Alain Favre, Vice President of the Europe Zone.
Local chefs led by Mickael Alix, who has been living in Zagreb for eight years, prepared a dinner for the guests according to the unique menu orchestrated for the whole world by our International President Nicolas Sale.
Credit photos: Taste of the Mediterranean
The Hungary Delegation's Epicure's Dinner was held at the Garden Hotel on 29 October in Szolnok, where nearly a hundred people participated.
Imre Hubai, President of the General Council, was also present and gave a toast.
The Ambassador, Pascale Andréani, as the patron of the dinner, greeted and described the importance of this dinner in a letter, to which the local media, such as Új Néplap and SzolnokTV, were also very attentive.
Pierre-Alain Favre, Vice-President of the Europe Zone also greeted the participants who were very happy with the good dishes that were prepared by the Disciples and the students of the Lycée Hotelier.
Thanks to the proceeds from the dinner, they were able to support the Liget Primary School Foundation in Szolnok, which looks after disadvantaged, handicapped and autistic children.
Organized by the President of the delegation, Istvan Bali and his team.
Piémont Vallée d’Aoste Delegation
On October 23, the Epicure's Dinner of the Piemont delegation took place at the restaurant Cascina Mo.Ma di Carrù.
Some 80 people were able to appreciate the menu prepared by the heads of the delegation, under the leadership of Delegate Claudio Barisone.
Lazio Roma Delegation
On October 28, in Rome, it was in the restaurant La Santeria di Mare that the Disciples and guests gathered to celebrate the birthday of the Master of Gastronomy.
A menu prepared by the heads of the delegation surrounded by friends in a most gentle atmosphere organized by the delegate Serge Marconi.
Photo credit Alberto Blasetti
On October 28th, in Campania, in Giugliano in Campania, the restaurant Il Connubio welcomed the fifty guests participating in the event organized by the Delegate Nicola di Filippo.
Crédit photo DR
Despite a delicate sanitary context in Romania, President Stéphane Opréa did not miss the opportunity to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Auguste Escoffier.
The Dinners in large numbers being proscribed, he took advantage of the final exams of the learners of the Culinary Institute Disciples Escoffier of Bucharest to celebrate the Master Escoffier and the French Gastronomy.
On October 28th, a birthday cake, decorated with candles arrived in the room and all those present sang a Happy Birthday to Auguste Escoffier.
A more official dinner will be held in Bucharest as soon as the health situation allows, according to Stéphane Opréa and his team!
DR Photo Credit
What could be better than a dinner in London, city where Auguste Escoffier spent most of his career, to pay tribute to him on the occasion of his 175th birthday?
That is exactly where the UK Delegation’s Epicure's Dinner took place on October 20th.
This evening took place at Westminster College in The Escoffier Room, (La Salle Escoffier) named after the Chef who was one of the founders of this University, and the service performed by the students of this same school.
Organised by Alan Coxon, Ambassador for Europe under the chairmanship of Daniel Ayton.
It was in Zurich, at the Marriott Hotel, that the Disciples Escoffier of the Swiss delegation met on October 28 for the delegation’s Epicure's Dinner.
It is under the benevolence of the great Anglo-Swiss chef Anton Mosimann that the guests were able to enjoy a beautiful evening in honor of the Master of Gastronomy.
Pierre Alain Favre, also known as the International Vice President of the Europe Zone, wanted to invite to his dinner the Nestlé Professional Group, which supported the International Association for the creation of menu materials distributed on tables around the world, to thank them for their support and to show them the global impact of this operation which would not have existed without their help and friendship.
Cornel Krummenacher (Head of Global Food Nestlé Professional), Emmanuel Lorieux (Global Executive Chef Nestlé Professional) and Laurent Azouz (Business Executive Officer Switzerland Nestlé Professional) participated with joy in the festivities.
The President also wanted to highlight those who often work in the shadows, the spouses of the Disciples Escoffier.
He inducted Ms. Kathrin Mosimann, wife of Chef Mosimann, to represent all those people who give their support and patience to their passionate but volunteer spouses every day.
A small detail to mention, a table was set for Chef Escoffier, and the film about his life and his career was broadcast.
At the end of the evening, the proceeds of the dinner were donated by the presentation of a cheque to the Kinder Krebshilfe Association.
Organised by the Switzerland Delegation President Pierre Alain Favre and his team.
Photo credits Andy Della Casa
On the occasion of Auguste Escoffier’s 175th birthday, his Disciples in Canada joined forces to prepare a magnificent dinner at the Embassy of France in Canada in Ottawa. With the support and in the presence of Ambassador Kareen Rispal.
“We are very pleased and proud to resurrect this global event and to be here to honour this Chef who has revolutionized gastronomy and continues to inspire us to this day,” said Chef Helena Loureiro, President of the Canada delegation. “ This great chef, in addition to being the “cook of kings and king of cooks,” was also a great humanist and visionary.”
As directed by Auguste Escoffier, the evening had a charitable purpose and $35,000 were donated to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
Photo credit: French Embassy in Canada
It was in Mexico City, at the Club de Industriales of the JW Marriott, that a hundred guests had come together to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Auguste Escoffier.
The opportunity that evening for all to meet again after long months but also to induct new members!
Organized by the President of the Mexico Country Delegation Guy Santoro and his team.
Photo credit: @gabyrodriguezb
Two Epicurean Dinners are held in the USA under the chairmanship of Jean Francis Mots.
November 11 at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted by Jean Francis Mots.
On November 15 at the Passadera Club in Monterey, California, organized by Mary Chamberlin, the dinner welcomed around 125 guests in the presence of Michel Escoffier, who came from France to celebrate his great-grandfather's birthday with them.
Crédits photos Harold Small et Jeff Bricker
The Madagascar Delegation Epicure's Dinner took place on October 28 at Le Marais Restaurant in Antananarivo. It is in this superb setting that some sixty guests gathered to celebrate the birthday of Auguste Escoffier, under the leadership of the chef of the place, Lalaina Ravelomanana.
Proof that these Dinners had no borders: a live-video was organized between this dinner and that of Lyon!
The benefits of the evening will obviously go to the good cause.
Since 2018, the Escoffier Disciples of this delegation have held the African and Indian Ocean record for the largest Christmas log (210m!) which was then distributed to thousands of children in need (more than 5200!!)
For next Christmas, they will try to break their own record in order to be able to offer these children a little something, a drop of water that will bring a moment of change in their life at Christmas!
If you woud like to support them to help these children send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organized by Julien Loray, Administrator for the Madagascar Delegation and the Disciples of the delegation, under the Presidency of the President, Yves Bouvier.
Photo credit: Ellena, Director of the Marais Restaurant
The Moroccan delegation’s Epicure's Dinner took place on October 30 in the heart of the idyllic Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort in Tangier.
Nearly 200 guests from all over the Kingdom, as well as from abroad, participated in this colourful and delightful evening that was held under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI.
It should be noted that during the day, the first Moroccan edition of the selections of the Young Talents Escoffier Competition took place where the candidates were trying to win the precious sesame for the final of Nice 2022, in the presence of Guillaume Gomez, world sponsor of the Epicure's Dinners who wanted to be present for the 2nd chapter of this young delegation.
Organized by President Lahcen Hafid and his entire team.
The Mayotte Delegation's Epicure's Dinner took place on October 28th in the application restaurant the Jardin des Saveurs of the Lycée Kaweni de Mamoudzou thanks to the tenacity of the local administrator Fabien Gimenez and his students.
Thirty lucky guests were present to pay tribute to French Gastronomy and Auguste Escoffier.
Organized by Fabien Gimenez, Administrator Mayotte and the Disciples of the delegation, under the Presidency of the President, Yves Bouvier.
Crédits Photos DR
The Epicure's Dinner of the Reunion Delegation took place on October 30 at the restaurant Le Bocage in Ste Suzanne. That evening, nearly 200 people had arranged to meet for an evening of celebration and reunion.
That evening, in the presence of Dana Virin, Miss Reunion 2021 worked, in service as in the kitchen, the Disciples of the delegation but also the young learners of the RSMA of the Reunion (Régiment du Service Militaire Adapté de La Réunion, which has developed a system for the socio-professional integration of young people aged 18 to 25 years away from training and employment.)
The proceeds of the dinner were donated the same evening to two associations. The association Zolivines (Crew of Dragon Ladies of Reunion) and the association Cevif (Collective for the elimination of domestic violence).
Organized by President Yves Bouvier and his entire team.
Photo Credits Marie Christine Coulon and DR
On October 28, it was in Tokyo, at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, that the Epicurus Dinner of the Japanese Country Delegation took place.
Ten Disciples Escoffier chefs had the pleasure of preparing a beautiful meal for the one hundred guests present for the occasion. Video lives from the kitchens were organized throughout the meal to present and prepare each dish in front of the guests.
Organized by President Nobuhiko Fukuda and his team.
Crédits photos DR