Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 8 December 2011

The MCB Tour Championship 2011 continues at Constance Belle Mare Plage this week, 5-11 December.

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

Here are the latest highlights from Mauritius, delivered straight from the Legend and Links golf courses by golf journalist, Neil Webber.

Tom Lehman, the most celebrated player to have competed in a professional event on Mauritius, and the Australian Peter Fowler have both given their stamp of approval to the Legend course, over which this weekend’s drama will be enacted.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

In an exciting final day of the 36-hole competition in which one round is played on both the Legend and Links courses, the all-lady team of Odie Fat Lim, Aline Wong and Marguerite Kan Wah clung on to the lead they established in the opening round of the net category to emerge winners by a single point.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Australian Mike Harwood has guaranteed himself a return trip to Mauritius after registering the 10th hole-in-one of his career in Thursday’s second round of the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

Harwood took an eight-iron for the 170 yards of the 17th hole and saw his tee shot disappear into the cup, much to the excitement of playing partners Andrew Steward, David Gourlay and Ishtiaq Hajee Adam.

Read more on the MCB Tour Championship website.

 

 

Recipe: Chicken or beef stir fry with noodles

Chicken or beef stiry fry with noodles

Chicken or beef stiry fry with noodles

If you’re too busy partying this festive season to spend much time cooking, try this quick and tasty noodle dish from Constance Moofushi.

  • 400g rump steak or chicken
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 1/4 red, 1/4 yellow and 1/4 green bell pepper
  • 100g carrots
  • 50g Chinese cabbage
  • 50g bok choy
  • 3 tbsp dry sherry
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (not virgin or extra virgin varieties)
  • 500g fresh noodles

1. Cut the beef/chicken into thin strips, removing as much fat as possible during cutting.
2. Wash, drain and chop the spring onions. Slice the peppers. Julienne the carrots, and slice the Chinese cabbage. In a small bowl, combine the sherry and dark soy sauce and set aside.
3. Using a dry wok, heat the sesame seeds on medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Set aside.
4. Heat the olive oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the beef/chicken and brown until it is nearly cooked through (4 minutes max).
5. Add the spring onions, pepper, carrot, cabbage and bok choy into the pan. Stir fry for 1 minute. Add the sherry and soy sauce mixture and cook 2 minutes until the sauce has darkened.
6. Remove the wok from the heat and add the sesame seeds. Let the food stand in the wok while you are cooking the noodles.
7. Cook the noodles in 1 tsp of oil in a separate wok or non-stick pan for 2 minutes.
8. Eat straight away.

And don’t miss our post on the Top 5 most popular recipes on the Constance blog.

Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 7 December 2011

Mike Maclean and Phil Golding

Mike Mclean and Phil Golding

As the MCB Tour Championship gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage, our golf journalist, Neil Webber is keeping you up-to-date with the latest happenings from the Legend and Links golf courses.

Local knowledge proved invaluable in the first round of the Constance Hotels Pro-Am as resident professional Vishnoo Seeneevassen led his all-Mauritian team to top spot in the Net section at the Links.

Find out more from the MCB Tour Championship website. You can watch Vishnoo in action with our videos of golf pro tips.

Two familiar faces were in evidence on the Legend course yesterday when former Mauritius Open champions Mike McLean and Phil Golding made guest appearances in the Constance Hotels Pro-Am.

As Barry Lane and Peter Fowler go head-to-head for the John Jacobs Trophy in this week’s MCB Tour Championship, we take a closer look at the leading two players on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Frenchman Marc Farry is bidding for a sentimental double at this week’s MCB Tour Championship as he attempts to win a second European Senior Tour event he has helped to organise. Farry has been attached to host venue Constance Belle Mare Plage for the past ten years and was instrumental in attracting the Senior Tour to Mauritius in December 2009 for the Mauritius Commercial Bank Open, which paved the way for the 2011 season-ending MCB Tour Championship.

Pre-selections for Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2012

 

Island chefs in the kitchen at Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2011

Island chefs in the kitchen at Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2011

With just 4 months to go until the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival gets underway next March, chefs across our Constance resorts have been taking part in the final pre-selection event.

We can already tell that next year’s will be an exceptional festival, with one candidate taking part from each of our resorts.

In November, all candidates were tasked with preparing a starter and a main course, all using the same ingredients.

For the appetiser

  • Shrimps 21/25
  • Tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Bell pepper
  • Lemongrass

For the main course

  • Fillet of fresh red snapper
  • Sweet potato
  • Coconut milk
  • Ginger
  • Lemon

How the judging works

Members of the jury at Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2011

Members of the jury at Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2011

We created a panel of 4 jury members for the tasting and one ‘technical’ jury member in the kitchen for each of our resorts. The rules and regulations, the timing, and the ingredients were the same.

The task was for each candidate to express his technique and creativity, and aim to impress the jury members.

Judging criteria

Jerôme Manifacier & Ashley Ramasawmy

Jerôme Manifacier & Ashley Ramasawmy at 2011 festival

Criteria for the kitchen jury:

  • Hygiene (Grooming, work flow, cleanliness, respect of hygiene standards) – out of 20 points
  • Respect of culinary techniques – out of 20 points
  • Organisation – out of 20 points
  • Fair-play attitude – out of 20 points
  • Timing – out of 20 points

 Criteria for the tasting panel:

  • Presentation, smell, colour, attractiveness of the dish - out of 5 points
  • Best use of produce - out of 5 points
  • Texture, right degree of cooking, temperature – out of 10 points
  • Creativity, originality - out of 10 points
  • Taste - out of 20 points

As the day got underway, there was much excitement and enthusiasm in our kitchens. The result was impressive, as you can see from the photos.

What happens next

All candidates are now anxiously awaiting the results.

Once each hotel knows who will be representing them at the festival, intensive training will start in order to be ready for the big day in March.

Watch this space for more information. And don’t miss our previous articles on:

Golf: Highlights from MCB Tour Championship 6 December 2011

The MCB Tour Championship gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius on 9 December. Our golf journalist, Neil Webber is keeping you up-to-date this week with the latest happenings from the Legend and Links golf courses.

Links golf course

Links golf course

Here are highlights from Tuesday 6 December. Find out more from the official website for the MCB Tour Championship

Regular visitors to the Constance Belle Mare Plage may have noticed a number of subtle design changes since they last played the Legend course.

The main alterations are all at par-five holes, namely the sixth, the 13th and the 18th.

The championship tee at the par-five sixth hole has been moved back 20 metres from its original location, with the intention of making it more difficult for the professionals to reach the green in two.

Read more about course changes at the Legend course from the MCB Tour Championship website.

  • Italians take command in Air Mauritius Trophy

It was a great day for Italy in the second round of the Air Mauritius Trophy on the Links course on Tuesday 6 December as players from the country moved into ascendancy in three of the six categories.

Read more about Tuesday’s play in the Air Mauritius Trophy from the MCB Tour Championship website.

  • Forward planning the key to success, says Petch

Behind the scenes with MCB Tour Championship tournament director. Michael Petch appears the kind of guy who wouldn’t break sweat in a sauna nor lose sleep during an earthquake.

He projects the aura of someone totally at ease with life. Whatever inner discomforts there may be, they rarely, if ever, appear on the surface.

But as the MCB Tour Championship tournament director, Mike is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the event proceeds without an obvious hitch. The buck, quite simply, stops with him.

Read more about how Michael Petch makes the tournament such a success on the MCB Tour Championship website.

Golf MCB Tour Championship: Andrew Oldcorn

It is one thing to play a course ‘blind’ in a metaphorical sense, but another altogether when the physical reality of an eye problem can threaten your entire career.

Andrew Oldcorn

Andrew Oldcorn

Andrew Oldcorn understands the difficulties better than most, having been afflicted with a serious eye condition for the second half of the European Senior Tour season which scuppered his hopes of ending the 2011 campaign as Number One.

Following successful surgery in October 2011 to remove a cataract in his right eye, the 52 year old Scot has a clear vision of the future, starting with the season-ending MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius.

Just being able to compete again on an equal footing with his peers on the Senior Tour is a huge relief to Oldcorn, whose inability to see properly caused him to lose ground at the top of the Order of Merit.  

Find out more about Andrew Oldcorn’s story and the MCB Tour Championship from the official website.