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Michelin-star chef Caines on learning at Mauritian food festival

Dishes from the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau 2015

Double Michelin-star chef Michael Caines has described taking part in this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at Constance Belle Mare Plage as, ‘a wonderful experience.’

Michael Caines shares his culinary knowledge

Michael Caines shares his culinary knowledge

In a post on his web page, the chef at the two-star Gidleigh Park, described how much he enjoyed taking part in the festival in which Michelin-starred chefs cook alongside chefs from Constance’s Indian Ocean hotels and resorts.

‘It was very interesting to learn about the ingredients that are used on Indian Ocean islands and incorporate them into the dishes that we put forward,’ explains Caines. ‘Working with Aviraj and Ravi [from Constance Lémuria] was a great team effort that resulted in everyone learning from each other and me being able to pass on my knowledge.’

FCBL 10th anniversary

The Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, now in it’s 10th year, pits 5 teams made up of one European Michelin-starred chef and one Island chef against one another to come up with a prize-winning menu using local ingredients and traditional methods.

This year competition was particularly tough as each of the European chefs held two Michelin stars.

Caines, who worked under the legendary chef Bernard Loiseau and one of the festival founders Patrick Berton when he was starting out, said, ‘Working with the island chefs was a wonderful experience for me. It was great to be able to give something back in the spirit of Beranrd Loiseau. Bernard was a great chef and wonderful man. His spirit lives on.’

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