Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau returns to Mauritius

Excitement is building around the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. For guests this is a rare opportunity to sample food prepared by some of the world’s leading chefs all together in one stunning location.

Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival 2012, behind the scenes

Behind the scenes at 2012 festival

Top chefs, including three Michelin star-holder Patrick Berton and two Michelin-starred Eyvind Hellstrom, are lined up to judge the nail-biting culinary competition which runs from 18-26 March 2013.

A selection of six of Europe’s finest chefs will visit Mauritius to cook alongside six of our island chefs with the challenge of creating an award-winning menu from local produce.

Michelin star chefs at this year’s festival:

Dominique Loiseau, President of Jury at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Dominique Loiseau

Judges of this year’s festival:

Highlights for guests include:

Guests at both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice can get involved throughout the week with cooking demonstrations, special menus created by the visiting chefs and the thrilling prize-giving ceremony.

  • Special dinner at Le Prince Maurice on 18 March orchestrated by Chef Hellstrom
  • Special dinner at Belle Mare Plage on 20 March created by Chef Bertron
  • Morning cooking demonstration by Chef Bertron at Belle Mare Plage’s Citronnelle restaurant on 22 March
  • Gala dinner by the Constance chefs at the Deer Hunter restaurant, Belle Mare Plage on 23 March

The week will climax with a cook-off on the final day in which the island chefs will need to put into practice all they have learned from their Michelin-starred mentors to create the winning menu.

Bertron, a former protégé of chef Bernard Loiseau after whom the festival is named, has described the competition as being, ‘In the spirit of Loiseau’s legacy, it’s about sharing, it’s about training and it’s about transmission.’

Beach at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Beach at Belle Mare Plage

Foodie holidays in Mauritius

Indulge your passion for food and join us for the festival in Mauritius this year. Check availability and book now for Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

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Christopher Barber lifts the lid as culinary festival begins

This week the much anticipated 2012 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau takes place at Constance Belle Mare Plage. We’ll bring you all the latest action, news, fun and drama from the event.

European chefs at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012

European chefs at the start of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Christopher Barber is one of the judges on this year’s panel. Christopher has over 30 years of experience in the food and restaurant industry, and has carried out nearly every role you can imagine.

Here, he reveals the thrills of the first day of the festival, as the fun begins and everyone gets to know each other.

What a way to launch a festival – Creole street market food followed by music and dancing.

It was really special. Relaxed, fun… a great ice breaker. And talking of ice, star of the day was a singing traditional Mauritian ice lolly maker – simply unique and wonderful.

No sign of the chefs competitive instincts yet, but that’s all to come.

Can we read anything into how they participate in this first event?

Enrico Barnardo and organisers of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012

Enrico Barnardo and organisers of the festival

Will the first chefs on the dance floor be the ones who embrace the spirit of friendship and form the strongest bond with their Island partner?

So many questions, so much anticipation… all will be revealed in the coming days. The festival has begun, may the best team win.

Keep up with the latest from the festival

Every day this week, our judges, chefs, island cooks and Constance team will be posting news, insight, photos and more.

And don’t forget to visit our Constance Facebook page for more photos from the festival.

 

Two days until the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Excitement is building in Mauritius as the stage is set for our fabulous culinary celebration – the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2012.

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

Island chefs in kitchen at Bernard Loiseau festival 2011

This week-long festival starts on Sunday 25 March. We’ll be posting every day to bring you the latest action, insight and photos as our 6 island chefs train with their European Michelin* chefs in preparation for the final cook-off competition on Thursday 29th and prize-giving on Saturday 31 March. We’ll also be a running a fun competition and lots more.

As the Michelin* chefs and judges fly into the island, it reads like a who’s who of the most accomplished stars in the world of food and wine.

The judges are:

  • Christopher Barber – former personal chef to the Prince of Wales
  • Enrico Bernardo – world class sommelier
  • Patrick Bertron – protege of Bernard Loiseau and world class chef
  • Serge Vieira – world class chef
  • Dominique Loiseau – wife of Bernard Loiseau and founder of the festival
  • Claus Meyer – co-owner of Noma

The  Michelin* chefs are:

  • Fabrine Biasolo
  • Patrick Bittner
  • Jacques Decoret
  • Dominique Gauthier
  • Angela Hartnett
  • David Johansen

 The island chefs are:

  • Ankur Daru – Ephelia, Seychelles
  • Kamlesh Doorjean – Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
  • Nuwan Hiettiarachchi – Halaveli, Maldives
  • Ravish Mukri – Moofushi, Maldives
  • Jayram Seenanum – Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius
  • Hildy Sinon – Lemuria, Seychelles

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Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival – only two days to go!

Lobsters

Lobsters - part of a winning dish?

Excitement is mounting with only two days to go until the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius.

A gathering of passionate professional chefs from across the Indian Ocean, the festival is a competition and a celebration of fine cuisine.

The event, running since 2006, is now an established celebration in the gastronomic industry calendar in Mauritius.

Constance Belle Mare Plage itself is a natural park of 150 hectares located on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mauritian east coast. This renowned resort is also known for its two famous 18-hole championship golf courses.