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?
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 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
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.