Rising stars head to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2014

The rising culinary stars of Constance Hotels and Resorts have been battling it out in kitchens across the Indian Ocean in order to make it to the prestigious Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

Will you be seeing dishes like this at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau?

The festival, held at Constance Belle Mare Plage from 31 March to 7 April, gives the island chefs the opportunity to cook alongside some of the leading Michelin-starred chefs of the world.

Competition has been fierce as young, inspired chefs seize the opportunity to compete for a chance to represent their hotel or resort in a festival which celebrates culinary passion, and inspires innovation and the sharing of expertise.

The road to Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

To qualify the chefs have gone through several rounds of internal competitions with only the winner moving on to the next stage.

Challenges have included a written stage where the chef must describe why they want to be entered into the competition and practical stages including creating dishes following a recipe from classic French cuisine and creating their own dishes from a mystery box of ingredients under timed conditions.

The chefs who have made it through have proved not only their culinary skills but their passion and dedication to creating innovative and inspiring food.

The chefs

The island chefs who have made it through to the final in Mauritius are:

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Traditional Indian Ocean flavours with a contemporary twist

Sasha started as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice and has worked her way up through the kitchen. She qualified for the final stage of the competition last year and loved the experience so much she’s come back for more, although this year she’s more determined than ever to win.

Emmanuel Fortuno – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Emmanuel loves cooking and is constantly striving for perfection, slowly and methodically improving his skills. It is this dedication and hard work which has taken him through the qualifying stages of this competition and into the Culinary Festival.

Sandy Sokalingum – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Mauritian born Sandy doesn’t let being a new father distract him from his passion for cooking or his determination to get to the final. Currently a chef de Partie at The Sea Horse, he describes himself as ‘in love’ with cooking.

Dammika Sarath – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Used to working under pressure, Dammika brings a sense of serene and calm to the kitchen when he works. He loves everything to do with food and is proud to be part of the prestigious Festival.

Dinushan Patabadage – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Always keen to learn new dishes and try new techniques, Dinushan is a very creative chef and is excited by the learning experience offered by competing in the Culinary Festival. Both passionate and ambitious, he is keen to put everything he has into the event.

Yogessen Ramen – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

A chef at Ephélia, Yogessen is passionate about food and keen to add to his expanding skillset with techniques and advice acquired from the Michelin-starred chef he is paired with.

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What’s on at the Seychelles International Carnival 2014

This year’s Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria (25 – 27 April) is set to be the most spectacular yet.

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria, the home of the Seychelles International Carnival

Victoria will be decorated with lights and banners to welcome revellers from around the world.

The carnival aims to celebrate the diverse ethnicities of the Seychelles as well as the different countries and cultures which are gathering in the Seychelles for the Carnival weekend.

Highlights of the three day event will include:

Day 1 – The official opening of the carnival

  • Live music
  • Live entertainment shows
  • An array of international food stalls.

Day 2 – Carnival procession day

  • A spectacular carnival procession including local and international floats celebrating the theme of ‘a melting pot of cultures’.

Day 3 – Family fun day

  • A day of festivities for all the family lasting into the night
  • Food stalls
  • Live bands (local and international).

Find out more about the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria.

Visit our website to find out about staying at Constance Ephélia or Constance Lémuria this April or to make a booking.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice wins prestigious hospitality award

We are thrilled that Constance Le Prince Maurice has won Connoisseur Circle magazine’s Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award.

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Jean Jacques Vallet, collects the Best Hospitality Reader’s Choice award

Connoisseur Circle is an exclusive luxury information service for discerning leisure and business travellers.

With a circulation of more than 900,000 across its target countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Le Prince Maurice is honoured to have received a prize for best hospitality, all the more so because it was voted for directly by readers.

CEO of Constance, Jean Jacques Vallet, was at the award ceremony in Berlin to pick up the prize.

‘This recognition is a reward to the whole team at Constance Le Prince Maurice who are the “real” winners,’ he said. ‘This award is the fruit of their dedication and passion to provide exceptional services to our guests.’

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Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit Constance Ephélia

We have invited leading winemaker, Patrick Léon, to Constance Ephélia in the Seychelles to share with guests his expertise and passion at a wine tasting lunch on 13 March.

Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit the Cyann restaurant

Leading winemaker Patrick Léon to visit the Cyann restaurant

With a stellar career in the wine industry spanning 40 years including managing director for Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, consulting oenologist at Château D’Esclans and running his own vineyard in Bordeaux, Château Le Trois Croix, Léon has earned a first class reputation for wine making.

Guests at Ephélia will have the opportunity to meet Léon at a lavish wine tasting lunch at Cyann where they can enjoy wines selected by him from Château d’Esclans and his own Château Les Trois Croix.

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Trip Advisor recognises Constance at 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

We are thrilled that Trip Advisor has listed Constance Hotels and Resorts in its Top 10 Hotels awards for Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Halaveli - Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli – Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Our hotels were recognised in the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards in both the luxury and romance sector.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named in:

Maldives

Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli have been named in the:

Madagascar

To see the full list of award winners or to share your Constance experience by writing your own review, visit the Trip Advisor website.

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Constance Hotels & Resorts partner with Baglioni Hotels in Europe

As part of our journey to continually offer our guests the very best, we have joined in a venture partnership with luxury Italian hotel group Baglioni Hotels.

Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome

Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome

With our range of seven luxury hotels and resorts across Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles and Madagascar and Baglioni’s 11 hotels across Italy, France, the UK and soon Morocco, the world of luxury experiences for our guests just got much wider.

Benefits for our guests

The partnership means that we can unreservedly recommend Baglioni’s selection of elegant 5* European hotels to our guests, confident that they will meet the high standards you have come to expect from us.

As part of a loyalty scheme, guests will enjoy a number of benefits when staying at both Constance Hotels & Resorts and Baglioni Hotels. Visit our website to find out more.

Leading Hotels of the World

Baglioni shares the Constance passion for creating ‘unforgettable experiences’ and like Constance Halaveli, Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Lémuria, Baglioni’s Milan, Venice, Rome and London hotels are all members of the Leading Hotels of the World group.

Here’s a rundown of where you will find Baglioni Hotels across Europe:

Italy

UK