Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius

The talented wine growers of Art de Vignes will be celebrating a week of gastronomy at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage from 20-26 May 2012.

Blue Penny Cafe

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Art de Vignes is a club of passionate, dedicated wine growers from French wine-producing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Organised in collaboration with Jerome Faure, our Head Sommelier, the event is now in its third year. Throughout the week we celebrate fine dining and exceptional wines from the six French winemakers, who also attend the dinner.

Guests at our 2 hotels in Mauritius can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to taste rare wines from the Art de Vignes club, and to meet and discuss their passion for wine with the winegrowers. Add to this the famous culinary delights of our talented Constance chefs and you can see why this is an unmissable foodie event.

Highlights of the week

Sunday 20 May

  • Alphonse Mellot – Sancerre Domain La Moussiere
    Special lobster dinner at Indigo Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Monday 21 May
  • Olivier Decelle – Maury Mas Amiel/St Emilion GC Jean Faure
    Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Tuesday 22 May
  • Thierry Germain – Saumur – Domaine des Roches Neuves
    When Val de Loire meets the Sega – at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Wednesday 23 May
  • Jean-Marc Boillot – Pommard/Puligny-Montrachet
    Recipes from Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage
Thursday 24 May
  • Marc Perrin – Chateauneuf du Pape – Beaucastel
    4 hands menu at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Friday 25 May
  • Christine Vernay – Condrieu – Cote Rotie – Georges Vernay
    Summer scents and spices of Syrah and Viognier at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

Find out more on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Marc Farry offers golf lessons to guests in Mauritius, 12-21 April

Marc Farry, professional golfer and golf ambassador of Constance Hotels Experience, is giving personal coaching to guests of Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice from 12-21 April 2012.

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Links golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Marc Farry, a full member of the European Tour since 1989, has won 16 tournaments on the French domestic tour including the 2000 French PGA Championship. He joined the European Senior Tour in 2009.

In 2010, he captured a special second Senior Tour title when he won the inaugural Cannes Mougins Masters, an event that he co-organised. His maiden victory came four months earlier in similarly rainy conditions when he triumphed in the Handa Irish Senior Open presented by Fáilte Ireland.

Mark, a regular visitor in Mauritius, was named Ambassador of Mauritian Golf  during MCB Tour Championship 2011 by Robert Desvaux, Chairman of MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority).

For more information about the courses with Marc, please visit the Links or Legend Club Houses at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

 

 

Top tips for sourcing great saké

Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Faure shares his top tips for finding top quality saké , and how to enjoy it at its best.

Lounge Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Lounge Bar at Le Prince Maurice

The quality of saké varies greatly. Once you’ve tasted really good saké there’s no looking back. Your taste buds will revel in a fine and very delicate drink.

Similar principles apply as for wine, although in the case of saké particular care needs to be taken. It’s often best kept chilled and should not be kept longer than 3 days once the bottle has been opened.

Top saké tips

  • Check the date it was bottled – it should be less than 1 year ago. Except for a few rare exceptions, saké should be drunk young.
  • Saké should be colourless
  • Buy a Ginjo, or even better a Daiginjo premium saké
  • Drink it chilled (7-9°C)
  • Drink it with fish and vegetable dishes, white meat, pasta or even cheese but not with red meat
  • Avoid pepper or chilli with it
  • Above all: Enjoy

Constance sommeliers can help you choose a great saké

Our sommeliers had the opportunity to listen to Keith Norum, Export Director of Sake Masumi in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. Keith came specially to Mauritius to provide training to the sommeliers from Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Our guests also had an opportunity to share some of Mr Norum’s knowledge during a special dinner at the Blue Penny Café.

Our sommeliers will be very happy to share their knowledge with you on your next Constance holiday.

Christopher Barber and team celebrate end of culinary festival

With bags almost packed in the knowledge of a job well done, the team behind the successful 7th edition of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau head out to sea on a luxury catamaran to have some well earned fun.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Here, Christopher Barber shares the day with us.

What sadness, the last day in paradise.

Yesterday was the final organised event - a catamaran trip along the coast, lunch on board washed down with copious amounts to drink.

Executive chef Dominique Grel is as comfortable looking after guests as he is in the kitchen. He is the ultimate professional, looking after everyone whilst having a great time himself. He epitomises everything that is wonderful about Constance Hotels and the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau - having fun, making friends and looking after people. He is ably assisted by Vincent and Guillaume from Belle Mare Plage, they exude friendship and charm, making sure that the chefs have an appropriate send off.

Star of the day is Angela Hartnett’s boyfriend Neil Borthwick. He sings, dances, swims and drinks, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

Bruno Le Gac and team with Patrick Bittner

Bruno Le Gac and team with Patrick Bittner

The Constance team have once again shown us that gastronomy alone is not enough - great food and hospitality is also about people and personality. Through the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau, they have shown the world that they have this in abundance.

Behind the scenes photos of the final festival dinner

Visit our Constance Facebook page to see some wonderful photos of the Michelin* chefs and island cooks preparing the 6* dinner on the final night of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.

Christopher Barber shares the moment the winner of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is announced

The pinnacle of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau is the prize giving ceremony.

David Johansen and Ankur Daru

David Johansen and Ankur Daru

After a glorious sunny day, the rain returns just as the ceremony is to begin. Mauritians always have a Plan B, and without any fuss we move indoors into the main bar. There is tension, but this feels like a genuine celebration of the week’s culinary highs and the new friendships made.

It is not all about the chefs – winners are announced for cocktail, wine matching and table setting categories.

However cuisine is king for this week, and the winners are announced.

David Johansen and Ankur Daru take this year’s crown, and it is a well deserved success.

In my opinion, there may have been better individual dishes than those created by our winners. However, David and Ankur showed us something which captured the spirit of the festival. Theirs was a true collaboration - the Nordic and Indian influences both prevailed creating an admirable and equal fusion.

This was not just a European master presiding over his Island apprentice, and their obvious bond made a heart warming and quite obviously special relationship.

The evening was celebrated with yet another highlight - a 3* dinner created by the wonderful Patrick Bertron.

Dancing and partying rounded off a truly magnificent day.

Read more about the winners of Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

Winners announced at the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

David Johansen, the Michelin-starred chef of Kokkeriet restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark is the winner of the 7th edition of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. His partner is the Chef de Partie, Ankur Daru of Constance Ephélia Resort, Seychelles.

Watch their acceptance speech on video on Ile Maurice Tourisme website.

David Johansen and Ankur Daru (left)

David Johansen and Ankur Daru (left)

The winning menu:

  • Starter – Shrimps with crispy rice and curry leaves, jellyfied mango chutney, coconut milk with shrimps and curry leaves oil
  • Main course - Marinated lamb in spiced bread, coconut curry sauce, chayote leaves, passion fruits glazed carrots, pickles of pumpkin and onions, lamb coriander juice.

2nd place:
Angela Hartnett, Restaurant Murano, London, United Kingdom and Kamlesh Doorjean, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

3rd place:
Dominique Gauthier, Restaurant Le Chat Botté, Beau Rivage, Geneva, Switzerland and Jayram Seenanum, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

 

4th Place: (shared by)
Patrick Bittner, Restaurant Français, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, Frankfurt, Germany and Nuwan Hettiarachchi, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Fabrice Biasiolo, Restaurant Une Auberge en Gascogne, Astaffort, France and Ravish Mukri, Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Jacques Decoret, La Maison Decoret, Vichy, France and Hildy Sinon, Constance Lémuria Resort, Seychelles

Visit our Constance Facebook page for more photos from the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.