Interview: Serge Vieira

Serge Vieira won the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau in 2011. For this year’s festival, he has returned as one of our judges.

Serge Vieira

Serge Vieira

  • **Michelin
  • Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chaudes-Aigues, France
  • Winner of the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau 2011
  • Bocuse d’Or in 2005

What is your principal trait of character?
Calm.

What is your greatest quality?
Enthusiastic and perfectionist.

What are the qualities you look for most in other people?
Forthrightness and simplicity.

What is your biggest weakness?
Too fussy.

What is your favourite tipple?
Water.

What is your favourite dish – and your least favourite?
I don’t like raw oysters, I think because of their texture. Otherwise, I like everything and particularly enjoy discovering new produce.

What has been your best experience professionally?
The Bocuse d’Or.

Who are the most important people to you in your professional life?
My wife and my team.

What, for you, is happiness?
My children and my wife. Enjoying moments with my friends.

What is your most important personal possession?
I’m not materialistic so I would be inclined to say my passport, because you need it to travel.

With what talent would you like to have been gifted?
I don’t really know. Perhaps to be able to play a musical instrument.

If you had not done this profession, what else would you have liked to do professionally?
Industrial designer because I like designing, building and creating. They are also things I do every day as a chef.

What do you think best translates the wish to pass things on?
It’s very important in our profession. You have to imbue youngsters with a desire for the profession.

How do you get away from it all?
Travelling to the far ends of the earth. I love travelling.

What inspiration do you get from Mauritius?
The change of scenery of course but above all the super welcome, the kindness of Mauritians and also discovering local produce like the herbs and spices.

What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?
Motor biking.

What’s the best compliment someone can pay you?
I’m not really very comfortable with compliments.

Which type of cuisine is currently the best in the world in your opinion?
There is no best cuisine. I enjoy a mix of cultures and produce, and so of styles of cuisine.

Luxury golf holidays in Mauritius and Seychelles

Golf enthusiasts can combine playing their favourite sport while holidaying at a beachside paradise. And for those of you who have never played before, where better to learn than on 2 idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean?

Legend Golf Course

Legend Golf Course

At Constance Hotels Experience, we offer 3 championship golf courses – 2 in Mauritius, and 1 on the island of Praslin, Seychelles.

Golf in Mauritius

Guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice have access to 2 stunning golf courses:

  • Legend Golf Course – par 72, with superb fairways and greens using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface
  • Links Golf Course – par 71, with practice fairway, the course was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis

Throughout 2012, guests can enjoy free green fees and free club cars on the Links.

In December each year, both courses play host to the internationally renowned MCB Tour Championship.

Read about journalist Charlotte Cripps’ golf holiday at Belle Mare Plage online on The Independent website.

Take lessons at the Marc Farry Golf Academy

Our golf pros offer individual and group lessons on grip, posture, alignment and ball position.

Golf in the Seychelles

Lemuria Golf Course

Lemuria Golf Course

On the breathtaking island of Praslin, you’ll find the only golf course in the Seychelles. In 2011, Lemuria Golf Course won the World Travel Awards title for Leading Golf Course in the Indian Ocean for the 4th year running.

This beautiful course borders the beaches along the Small Kerlan Cove and Grand Kerlan Cove, and incorporates a series of waterways and woodland.

Find out more in our article: Spotlight – Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles  

 

Recipe: Pineapple-coriander macaroons

Macaroons became a huge hit last year, and they’re proving as popular as ever in 2012. For all macaroon fans, here’s a tropical recipe from the kitchens of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Macaroons from Constance Hotels Experience

Macaroons at Constance

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours

  • 310g icing sugar
  • 190g powdered almonds
  • 5 egg whites
  • 25g caster sugar

For the ganache

  • 250g milk chocolate
  • 1/2 small pineapple
  • 2 sprigs fresh coriander
  • 150g whipping cream
  • 50g caster sugar

 1. Make the macaroons: sift the icing sugar with the powdered almonds. Whip the egg whites, adding the caster sugar, then add the sifted icing sugar and almonds and mix carefully with a spatula. Pour this batter into a piping bag fitted with a 5mm plain tip and drop regular-shaped disks, 5cm wide, on a biscuit sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
2. Preheat oven to 140ºC. Bake the macaroons for 20 minutes. Take them out of the overn and let them cool on the paper.
3. Make the ganache: peel the pineapple and dice the flesh finely. Finely chop the coriander. Mix pineapple and coriander, and refrigerate.
4. In a large bowl, break the milk chocolate into small pieces. Bring the cream to simmering point with the sugar, mixing well, then pour it over the chocolate. Mix until smooth. Add the pineapple and coriander, mix well and keep refrigerated for 2 hours.
5. Assemble the macaroons: lift them from the parchment paper and paste them two by two by spreading 1 small teaspoon of ganache between them.

And for inspiration, take a look at these delightful looking macaroons from Constance Belle Mare Plage on our Constance Facebook page.