Launching Champagne Salon 2002 in the Indian Ocean

We’re looking forward to the arrival of the much anticipated Champagne Salon 2002 next week. With the Indian Ocean launch of this superb Champagne at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi next week, we have some very special events lined up in the Maldives.

Didier Depond brings Champagne Salon 2002 to Constance

Didier Depond brings Champagne Salon 2002 to Constance

This world-famous, critically acclaimed Champagne is special because it is born from a single grape variety (Chardonnay), a single terroir (the Côte des Blancs) and a single cru village (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger).

Champagne Salon 2002 is only the 38th vintage released under the Champagne Salon label in the last 90 years and is the very first Champagne Salon vintage of the 21st Century.

This is because at Champagne Salon they only produce their Champagne when all the conditions are perfect and the grapes are at their very best, something which fortunately happened in 2002.

Champagne Salon was first created by Eugène Aimé Salon at the beginning of the 20th Century to prove that Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger could produce an elegant Champagne without the need to add Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.

After Eugène’s death in 1943 the company was passed onto his sister and later sold to Laurent-Perrier in 1989 when it became part of the combined Salon-Delamotte house.

To celebrate the honour of Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi being chosen as the place to launch the vintage to the Indian Ocean and Africa we will be joined by the Director of Salon & Delamotte, Didier Depond.

Together we will be hosting two exclusive champagne dinners.

Constance Halaveli

On 4 May a Champagne Salon launch dinner will be held at Jing, Constance Halaveli

  • Marinated sea bass with curry oil, coriander sponge, apple & lime Original chenin blanc 2013
  • Seared scallops with fennel puree, pear & ginger Old vine chenin blanc 2012
  • Grilled tuna with purple broccoli, smoked avocado cream, red berry vinegar blaze
  • Dolomite cabernet franc 2012
  • Pan-seared duck breast with mushroom tart, pickled blue cheese, coffee jus Family cabernet franc 2010
  • Chocolate balloon with chocolat mousse & chocolat Croquant Red jasper 2012

Constance Moofushi

On 7 May Didier Depond will host an exclusive champagne dinner at Alizée, Constance Moofushi.

  • Gazpacho of Red Pimento, Lobster, Eggplant Confit Delamotte Blanc de Blanc N/V (France)
  • Baked Job Fish, Mango Barbecue Sauce ‘S’ Salon Blanc de Blanc 2002 (France)
  • Grilled Angus Beef fillet, Beef Cheek Meza Luna, Wilted Kale Tiano & Moreno Malbec 2010 (Argentina)
  • Milk Chocolate Parfait, Raspberry Trifle Delamotte Rose N/V (France)

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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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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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Interview with Swedish chef Jacob Holmström

Jacob Holmström, the 32-year old Swedish chef was born and raised in a family of restaurant owners. Jacob is the owner of restaurant Gastrologik, which opened in Stockholm in June 2011 and got his first Michelin star two years later.

Jacob Holmstrom with teammate Sandy Sokalingum, of Constance Lémuria Seychelles

Jacob Holmstrom with teammate Sandy Sokalingum, of Constance Lémuria Seychelles

At the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau prize-giving ceremony in Mauritius this weekend, Jacob and his partner chef Sandy Sokalingdum, who presently works as chef de partie at Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles, finally learned that they had reached the second highest step on the winner’s podium.

‘Of course it is a little disappointing finishing second in the competition,’ Jacob tells me, ‘and saying that, I especially think of Sandy, who is a very talented chef, who ends up so close to the coveted prize of a stay in an European gourmet restaurant – and yet so far. But he is young, and I hope that he will be back next year. But saying that, I also must congratulate Masachi Ijichi and Dammika Sarath with their well-deserved win, which is even more impressive when you know that they had to work through an interpreter,’ Jacob says with a smile.

The past week has been a fabulous experience for Jacob – not only professionally, but also socially. ‘Among the many positive experiences of the Festival is meeting five very nice colleagues. And in spite of the fact that all of us have fought hard to win, I now leave Mauritius with five new friends from five European countries. The actual competition is unique in its format, and I have really enjoyed every minute of my stay, both inside the kitchens of Constance Belle Mare Plage as well as outside.

The location of the event is absolutely spectacular, the weather has been perfect, and the organisation of the competition flawless. In addition to having established new friendships, I also leave the resort with newfound taste buds and some new spices and vegetables, which I may well introduce in my own restaurant,’ the easygoing young Swede happily tells me.

I ask Jacob about his style of cooking. ‘In short it is simple, clean and focused on the produce,’ he says. ‘ I especially love cooking fish and shellfish, and in Gastrolologik we only use produce from Sweden – except seafood, which we get from the crystal clear waters of the Norwegian fjords. I find inspiration everywhere as most chefs. But the most important source is definitely the produce itself. And my 10 days of cooking and meeting new people here in Mauritius have definitely been inspiring in more ways than one.’

Interview by Peter Bojesen of Luxury Aficionados.

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Winners of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The 9th Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in Mauritius has seen the finest Michelin-star chefs from Germany, Sweden, England, Switzerland and France team up with Constance island chefs in a competition that puts their skills to the test and challenges them beyond their normal capabilities.

FCBL winners: Masashi Ijichi & Dammika Sarath of Constance Halaveli, Maldives

FCBL winners: Masashi Ijichi & Dammika Sarath of Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The winners

1st Prize:

Michelin Star Chef Masachi Ijichi from La Cachette restaurant in Valence, France and Dammika Sarath from Constance Halaveli Maldives, have won the 9th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

The competition which took place at Constance Belle Mare Plage from the 29 March to 6 April has also seen the crowning achievement of:

2nd Prize:

Jacob Holmstrom from Gastrologik restaurant Stockholm, Sweden, 1 Michelin star and Sandy Sokalingum from Constance Lémuria Seychelles.

3rd Prize:

Tim Allen from Launceston Place London, UK , 1 Michelin star and Yogessen Ramen from Constance Ephélia Seychelles.

The other teams in the competition were:

Masashi & Dammika's winning main dish: Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast

Masashi & Dammika’s winning main dish: Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast

  • Jens Rittmeyer from Budersand Hotel Golf & Spa, Sylt, Restaurant Kai 3, Hornum, Germany, 1 Michelin star and Dinushan Patabadage, Constance Moofushi Maldives
  • Mirto Marchesi from La Table d’Adrien restaurant, Le Chalet d’Adrien, Verbier, Switzerland, 1 Michelin star and Emmanuel Fortuno from Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
  • Nicolas Masse from Les sources de Caudalie, La Grand’ Vigne restaurant, Bordeaux-Martillac, France, 1 Michelin star and Sasha Dinnoo from Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius.

The winning dishes

Starter:

Cold white coco beans soup, carrot mousse and marinated vegetables.

Main course:

Spices and orange marinated Duckling breast, onions stuffed with giblets, fruits chutney and sweet potato cromesquis.

Cocktail competition

Cocktail competition winner: Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Cocktail competition winner: Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage

Ashvin Purrun from Constance Belle Mare Plage is the winner of the Cocktail Competition held on 31 March at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

This year, three barmen from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice took part in the competition. The liquors used were from Chamarel Rhum. The jury were Laurence and Joachim Louis representatives of Jack Daniels and Crème Chambord.

Wine competition

Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice is the winner of the Wine Competition held on 31 March. The competition consists of finding the best wines to accompany the dinner which was served by Chef Eyvind Hellstrom. In competition were three Mauritian sommeliers who presented their selection of wines in front of four jury members.

Service & Art de la table competition

Benito Bellehumeur from Constance Belle Mare Plage is the winner of the Service & Art de la table Competition held on Tuesday 2 April at the Blue Penny Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage. He presented the most beautifully prepared table and the best service.

Dominique Loiseau, Mercotte and Isabelle Mobihan made up the jury.

Wine competition winner: Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice

Wine competition winner: Cheryline Coulon from Constance Le Prince Maurice

Café Gourmand competition

Pastry Chef Camel El Sherifi from Constance Le Prince Maurice is the winner of a new Competition the “Café Gourmand” that was added this year to the event and organised in collaboration with our partner Nespresso. Participants were the Executive and Pastry Chefs of Constance Hotels and Resorts and were asked to create four pastries to best accompany a Nespresso coffee.

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Who will win the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014?

Yesterday’s finals in the 9th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau did not by any means signify the end of this extraordinary and unique event at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Gastrologik's Jacob Holmstrom advises teammate Sandy Sokalingum

Gastrologik’s Jacob Holmstrom advises teammate Sandy Sokalingum

Lots of things are still happening, and the result of the competition is still a well-guarded secret. Everybody – except for the jury members, who deliberated yesterday afternoon – have to wait until Saturday evening to know the names of the winning team.

The 12 chefs involved in the competition haven’t had a lot of time to spend on the beautiful beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage or golfing on Constance’s two championship courses. The chefs are still in the kitchen cooking – preparing tonight’s Six Star Dinner at the Deer Hunter restaurant. This lavish event, where each Michelin star chef prepares one course, is offered to journalists and special invited guests and represents one of the gastronomical highlights of this incredible week of culinary cooking.

Yesterday’s finals are still on everybody’s minds, however, and speculations on the winning team are heard everywhere throughout the resort. Everyone seems to have turned into an experienced food critic overnight. At lunch at the pool side restaurant Indigo, our friendly waiter tells us that he believes that the British chef Tim Allen and his Mauritian partner Yogessen Ramen will win, but the sommelier disagrees: ‘I think that the team of Nicolas Masse from France and Sasha Dinnoo had the most beautiful dishes of the all,’ he says, adding that Jens Rittmeyer from Germany and his Sri Lankan team mate Dinushan Patabadage stand an outside chance to end on top of the podium Saturday evening.

I’m keeping my thoughts to myself for now. At any rate, except for the members of the jury, none of us has tasted the dishes – only seen them as presented yesterday afternoon. And as taste counts double in the four criteria used by the jury (looks, smell, colour…, creativity & originality…, proper use of imposed products…, taste) anybody’s guess is as good as mine.

With some free time on my hands, I played a round of golf at the Links course this morning, situated 10 minutes from the hotel by shuttle bus. The course was in great shape and turned out to be much more forgiving than the other Constance course, the Legend, which has water everywhere and is much tighter than the Links.

Article by Peter Bojesen of Luxury Aficionados.

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