Norwegian TV-personality of the year Eyvind Hellstrøm in Mauritius

At last week’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius we caught up with Eyvind Hellstrøm, Norwegian TV-personality of the year in 2013, former 2 Michelin star chef, author of dozens of cook books and member of the Bocus d’Or jury since 1993. Interview by Peter Bojesen of Luxury Aficionados.

Eyvind Hellstrøm

Eyvind Hellstrøm

This is the second year in a row that Eyvind has sat on the jury of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. I ask him to compare this year’s performance of the chefs to that of 2013. ‘Difficult to say – but maybe the level was marginally higher this year, he answers. ‘Surprisingly, all the vegetarian starters looked almost identical this year, colourful and beautifully presented – almost as if the chefs had copied each other… Luckily, they did not taste the same,’ the charismatic 66-year old Norwegian adds with a smile.

Eyvind tells me that the jury was in agreement regarding the outcome of the competition. ‘One of the very interesting features about the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is the fact that the jury members come from different cultural backgrounds. A Chinese food critic, two 3-Michelin star chefs, one being Spanish but working in Germany, the other French, Mme Loiseau with her scientific background in microbiology and biochemistry apart from being the reference in French “art de vivre” – and myself, representing the Nordic cuisine. This means that our perspectives in regards to culinary matters often differ, leading to interesting and healthy discussions. When it comes to the actual voting, I see that the French often are somewhat tougher on the candidates than the rest of us, which may be due to the long standing tradition of a strict hierarchy in the kitchens of la Haute Cuisine Française.’

Once again, Eyvind Hellstrøm is impressed by the smooth running of the event. ‘Like last year, the organisation of the Festival – both professionally as well as socially – has been close to perfect,’ he says, ‘and the wonderful atmosphere between the 12 chefs is really quite unique. On a personal level, I have had the pleasure of meeting two new very interesting personalities on the jury, Juan Amador Perez from Spain and Bob Miao from China. So it is not only the chefs taking part in the actual competition who get to establish new, international friendships – it is certainly also an added benefit to the members of the jury.’

Following judging, Eyvind was heading back to Copenhagen for the filming of next season’s edition of Master Chef Norway. ‘Until the end of June, I have to be in Copenhagen every Monday and Thursday to shoot the TV-show, which will mean a lot of travelling back and forth from my home in Oslo,’ he says. But he must be doing something right, as Eyvind recently has been nominated Best Norwegian TV-presenter of the year – an award he won in 2012 as well as in 2013.

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Night diving in the Maldives at Constance Moofushi

Night diving in the Maldives

Night diving in the Maldives

Night dives are a unique experience for many divers, enabling even the most experienced to see the ocean in a new way.

Few places offer such stunning night diving as at Constance Moofushi, located in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, and regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world.

What you’ll see by night

At night, diving in shallow waters, with only the light of a dive torch, the multitude of colours from the reef and the life it supports becomes even more apparent, as it stands out against the blackness.

The atmosphere on the reef at night is also very different from that experienced during the day. Predators go hunting, prey flees while other fish sleep quietly in holes or crevices.

Night divers are more likely to see certain species such as the Moray eel or octopuses emerging from their holes to hunt at night.

The vibrant colours of the Indian Ocean

The vibrant colours of the Indian Ocean

Underwater firework display

Some sea creatures use bioluminescence as a defence mechanism by ejecting glowing chemicals from their body to ward off danger. These appear as clouds of light under water, creating a beautiful sight for the night diver.

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Leading female sommelier wins at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice won this year’s Wine Competition at the 9th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius.

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline Coulon, sommelier at Le Prince Maurice

Cheryline tells her story of how she’s found her place as one of the rising sommelier stars in Mauritius.

I had the opportunity to start my career in France, in the largest palaces of the Cote d’Azur in Nice in 2006, including the Palais de la Méditerranée, Le Méridien and Sol Cala Di Ajaccio in Corsica.

In 2009 I got a big break when I had the opportunity to learn and share extensively with industry professionals in the champagne bar ‘L’Effervescence’ in the Old Town, Nice. From that moment my love and passion for wine has not stopped evolving.

On my return to Mauritius in 2010, I started working at Constance Belle Mare Plage and then moved onto Le Prince Maurice. Constance is a pioneer in this field, and attaches great importance to food and wine.

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is an extraordinary experience for everyone involved. It’s a trying week both mentally and physically but it also offers unforgettable encounters with Star Chefs from around the world. Do not forget the wine and cuisine walking hand in hand. A good dish should be highlighted by wine and vice versa, this is what is known as the triad.

The festival is also an opportunity for us candidates to excel, to question, to see our limitations and to improve.

I am delighted to have won the title of Best Sommelier Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014 and to have had the honour to represent Constance Le Prince Maurice. I am now taking part in the competition of the Best Sommelier of Mauritius 2014.

In the words of David Biraud (Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2004): “I have known many more defeats than victories, but the important thing is to get up and persevere.”

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Ultimate luxury golf holidays in Mauritius and Seychelles

Discover the luxury of playing golf on the Constance championship 18-hole golf courses set in paradise Indian Ocean locations.

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Luxury golf holidays at Constance

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Savour the elegant luxury accommodation, refined fine dining, sumptuous spa and numerous activities and sporting facilities at Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Our two championship 18-hole golf courses The Links and The Legend are home to the annual MCB Championship.

As a guest at Constance Le Prince Maurice you can enjoy:

  • Unlimited green fees at both courses
  • Blocked tee-off times
  • Unlimited bookings for tee-off times before arrival with our online concierge service
  • Free club cars
  • Free club rental if required
  • A non-stop shuttle to both courses from 7am – 7pm
  • A limousine service to courses is available
  • Access to our Marc Farry Golf Academy
  • A weekly complimentary golf clinic with one of our Academy pros so that you can time your lessons for when you want them.
Lémuria's incredible golf course

Lémuria’s incredible golf course

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautifully secluded Lémuria hotel on Praslin is an elegant combination of luxury and traditional charm. With beautiful accommodation, 5* fine dining and a soothing spa it offers a perfect island escape for golfers looking to unwind.

The golf course at Lémuria has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world with its terraced greens looking down over the stunning Anse Georgette beach.

The variation of the course will keep even experienced golfers on their toes as it goes from relative flat, tropical parkland surrounded by mangrove forest to jungle-clad hills making the mandatory club cars extremely necessary.

The famous 15th hole will take your breath away as you tee off from a spectacular height with views out across the ocean and watch your ball fall more than 50 meters to the green below.

As a guest at Constance Lémuria you can enjoy:

  • Free green fees
  • Golf equipment available to rent
  • Club cars available to rent
  • Pre-bookings of tee off times for the first 2 days of your stay before you arrive (for the other days, booking can be done on site with 48 hours notice)
  • Golf lessons for groups or individuals with one of our resident professionals
  • A ‘Discovery Package’ including a 2 hour lesson, a 9 hole lesson and a 45 minute massage.

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Romantics guide to getting married in the Seychelles

It’s not hard to picture the romance of the Seychelles’ white sand beaches and crystal waters but a wedding in the Seychelles could also be the stress-free option.

Getting married in the Seychelles

Getting married in the Seychelles

Perfect weather

If you’re looking for uninterrupted blue skies the best time of year to book your Seychelles wedding is from April to October. This is the islands’ dry season when it is not unusual to have dry spells of two weeks or more.

Perfect location

The Seychelles is world-famous for its powder white sand beaches framed by distinctive granite boulders, leading into calm clear waters. Anse Lazio on Praslin is often ranked in the top 10 beaches of the world.

Other dramatic locations for weddings on the island include its numerous picturesque Roman Catholic churches and beautiful colonial mansions.

Wedding planners

Book a wedding package at Constance Lémuria or Constance Ephélia, and one of our wedding co-ordinators will take care of everything for you.

We will plan with you in advance any personal requests such as flower preferences, cake choices and music. We can also organise the photographer, wedding video, table decorations, or even a live band to play for you.

Your day, your way

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Idyllic location: Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

By law you are required to arrive in the Seychelles several days before your wedding giving you the perfect opportunity to look at the wedding venue options and choose the one that’s right for you.

You can meet the hotel or resort’s hair and make up stylists to go through how you want to look on your wedding day.

Pamper yourself

Both Constance Lémuria and Constance Ephélia have a range of romantic private dining options, including in-villa dining, exclusive excursion and spas. Enjoy a Bridal dreams, Perfect Day treatment at Lémuria including a manicure and full body massage or take your partner and experience a couple’s aroma massage followed by a glass of champagne at Ephélia.

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Italian chef to create a Mediterranean feast at Constance Moofushi

Nicolino Lalla

Nicolino Lalla

In our quest to offer guests an exciting culinary experience we have invited leading Italian chef Nicolino Lalla to cook for guests at Constance Moofushi.

Nicolino will be creating a sumptuous Mediterranean dinner at Moofushi’s Alizee Beach Grill Restaurant, with a special wine pairing by Head Sommelier Nash, on 16 and 23 April.

With more than 15 years experience cooking for fine-dining restaurants including Baglioni Hotel in London, Paresa Resort and Le Meridien Beach resort in Phuket, Nicolino specialises in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

As a chef, his passion lies in sourcing and using the very freshest seasonal ingredients.

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