Bidding opens in the Constance Festival Charity Auction

Bid in the Constance Festival charity auction for your chance to enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at a European Michelin star restaurant, and help raise money for a ground-breaking school in Mauritius.

Chez Bruce, London UK

from Chez Bruce, London UK

All money raised through the auction will go to Etoile de Mer, located in the village of Roches Noires, Mauritius. Set up by educational visionary Christine Baudot, the school teaches teenagers vocational and life skills to help them discover opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Over the next five days – until Friday 22 March – you can bid to dine at any of the following three restaurants in the UK, France and Switzerland.

 

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

 

3. Beau Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

At Beau Rivage

At Beau Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Make a bid

Click on the link to place a bid in the Constance Festival charity auction.

 

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day on the blog we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Visit the website for the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Teams are announced for Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

With the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013 now underway, this year’s teams have been drawn.

At Constance Hotels & Resorts

At Constance Hotels & Resorts

European Michelin star chefs teaming with Constance chefs

  • Luc Mobihan & Hem Pulami (Constance Halaveli)
  • Roman Paulus & Beguitta Ally (Constance Ephelia)
  • Ezio Gritti & Shanifa Larue (Constance Lemuria)
  • Robert Speth & Sampath Mariyadasa (Constance Moofushi)
  • Anita Klemensen & Elodie Oudeuil (Constance Belle Mare Plage)
  • William Drabble & Sasha Dinoo (Constance Le Prince Maurice)

 

What’s happening during the festival

Monday 18March

Lots will be drawn to pair the European chefs with their island counterpart.

  • Teams will visit the local market at Port Louis to discover the local produce.
  • In the evening a cocktail competition between the bartenders of Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage featuring liqueurs from Rum Clément.
  • Norwegian judge and chef Eyvind Hellstrøm will design a special menu dinner at Le Prince Maurice.

Tuesday 19 March

The teams start work in the kitchen exchanging ideas and experimenting with ingredients.

  • Culinary Festival opening cocktail party

Wednesday 20 March

Teams continue to plan their competition menu

  • Art of tablewear & service contest. Three head waiters from Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage will present a table and do service before a judge.
  • Chef and judge Patrick Bertron of the 3 star Relais Bernard Loiseau will create a special menu for guests.

Thursday 21 March

Having consulted, advised and trained the island cooks, the European chefs withdraw from the competition so their protégés can prepare the dishes the team has created.

Friday 22 March

  • The European chefs create a ‘6 star’ dinner for guests at the Blue Penny Café.
  • A wine competition in which 3 Constance sommeliers will have the chance to pair the perfect wine to the 6 star dinner created by the European chefs.

Saturday 23 March

The winner of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013 is announced at a Final Prize Giving Cocktail Party held in the gardens of Belle Mare Plage.

  • A gala evening with a special menu prepared by the competition Constance chefs under the supervision of Chef Frederic Goisset of the Blue Penny Café. The dinner will be served with Deutz Champagne.

Sunday 24 March

The European chefs create a second ‘6 star’ dinner for guests

Find out more

Every day this week we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival as well as photos on our Constance Facebook page and Twitter.

And you can find out more on the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013 website.

Constance’s young star chefs at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau

The very best young local chefs from Constance are set to battle it out this week for the accolade of winner of the Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013.

Culinary at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Dining at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Here’s a run down of who is appearing at this year’s festival in Mauritius.

Sasha Dinnoo – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

For Sasha Dinno of Le Prince Maurice being granted a place in this year’s Culinary Festival is a dream come true.

Beginning her career as a trainee at Le Prince Maurice, Sasha Dinnoo has literally grown up in the hotel’s exclusive kitchens, working her way up through their demanding ranks.

Known by her colleagues for her humility and passionate commitment to service excellence, she is excited about the opportunity to learn from the prestigious European chefs.

Elodie Oudeuil – Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage Chef Elodie Oudeuil is passionate about all aspects of food from the excitement of working in a busy kitchen to cooking with quality fresh ingredients.

She is very proud to be competing in this year’s Culinary Festival, especially because she is representing Belle Mare Plage in the competition.

Oudeuil is known for her calmness in the kitchen combined with her excellent powers of organisation.

Shanifa Larue – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Belle Mare Plage hosts festival

The 19-year-old chef began her culinary career with Constance at Lémuria.

Larue has gone on to be recognised twice as employee of the month as well as being voted Star of Lémuria.

Very focused Larue never stops learning while she is in the kitchen.

Driven to progress in her career, she is eager to show her talents in the competition and contribute her own personal touch and knowledge of Seychelles cuisine.

Beguitta Ally – Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Beguitta Ally dreams of being the first female cook to win the Bernard Loiseau trophy.

Having trained in tourism she has always been passionate about cooking and it was that passion which brought her to Ephélia.

Her positive attitude, and her ability to listen and learn from advice is what has got her this far in the competition and she hopes she can go all the way.

Hem Pulami – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Pulami discovered his passion for food in his home country Nepal. Having worked in local restaurants he joined the kitchen of Hotel D, la Annapurna Casino Ann in Kathmandu.

Deciding to widen his experience Pulami joined the culinary team at Halaveli in 2009.

Starting as a commis chef in the resorts signature restaurant Jing he has recently been promoted to demi chef de partie in recognition of his hard work and dedication.

Sampath Mariyadasa – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Sampath, originally from Sri Lanka, is passionate about food and relishes the opportunity to work with the European chefs in order to learn as much as possible from them.

Constantly practising his culinary craft, Mariyadasa is creatively inspired to create new and exciting dishes.

His willingness to seize new opportunities at Moofushi has meant that he is always learning new techniques and he hopes to use these skills to win this year’s competition.

 

Photos of this year’s Island Chef contestants

Sasha Dinnoo

Sasha Dinnoo

 

Elodie Oudeuil

Elodie Oudeuil

 

Shanifa Larue

Shanifa Larue

 

Beguitta Ally

Beguitta Ally

 

Hem Pulami

Hem Pulami

 

Sampath Mariyadasa

Sampath Mariyadasa

Bid in our online charity auction to dine at a Michelin star restaurant in Europe

Every day next week we are holding an online charity auction offering you the chance to bid for an exclusive dinner for two at a Michelin star restaurant in the UK, France and Switzerland.

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata

Roast cod with olive oil mash and gremolata at Chez Bruce

All money raised will go to the ground-breaking school, Etoile de Mer, in Mauritius that helps disadvantaged teenagers get back on their feet, teaching them vocational and life skills.

How it works

From Monday 18 – Friday 22 March you can choose which of the following restaurants you would like to bid to dine at:

1. Chez Bruce, Chef Bruce Poole (London, UK)

The offer: Dinner for 2 with wines matched by sommelier, and a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen to meet Chef Bruce Poole.

At Chez Bruce, you can enjoy top-notch modern food loosely influenced by classical and regional French/Mediterranean cuisine. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making are specialities, as is the restaurant’s famous cheese board.

Visit their website to read more about Chez Bruce and Chef Bruce Poole.

 

2. Restaurant Serge Vieira, Chef Serge and Marie-Aude Vieira (Chaudes-Aigues, South Central France)

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

Dining room at Restaurant Serge Vieira

The offer: Tasting menu for 2 plus drink

At Restaurant Serge Vieira, you can enjoy fabulous light and simple cooking, using only the finest ingredients, seasonal and locally sourced where possible.

Describing his cooking as ‘emotion culinaire’ Chef Serge runs his restaurant with his wife Marie-Aude, and the menu is the expression of their culinary creativity, reflecting their passionate respect for the food and the environment.

Visit their website to read more about Restaurant Serge Vieira and the masterminds behind it.

 

3. Beau-Rivage, Chef Dominique Gauthier (Geneva, Switzerland)

The offer: Dinner for 2 at Le Chat-Botté

At Beau-Rivage’s Le Chat-Botté you can enjoy contemporary and inventive French cuisine by award winning Chef Dominique Gauthier.

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Le Chat Botte at Beau-Rivage

Wine connoisseurs can indulge in some exceptional wines from the cellars of Beau-Rivage, renowned as being one of the best stocked cellars in Switzerland.

Visit their website to read more about Beau-Rivage and Chef Dominique Gauthier.

How to take part

Join us on FacebookTwitter or here on the blog on Monday 18 March, where you can start bidding. We’ll be keeping you updated on how the bidding is going, and publishing more information about each of the restaurants taking part.

The charity we’re supporting

All money raised in this auction will go directly to the Mauritian school, Etoile de Mer to help the students turn themselves around, and discover opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.

At Constance, we have supported the school for teenagers for some years. Now, with your support, we can help the school expand so the founder, Christine Baudot, can take in more children. Currently demand is far in excess of the number of places available.

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

Serge Vieira visits Etoile de Mer in 2012

The school welcomes children from 12 years old who come from deprived families living in the neighbourhood, and who have struggled in their primary education.

The school’s proven non-academic approach is enabling pupils to thrive as they build self-confidence and personality, teaching them non-vocational skills, as well as how to read and write.

Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

We’re running this year’s online charity auction to mark the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau. Every day we’ll be publishing highlights from the festival. Follow us on Twitter for photos and updates, using hashtag #CFBL13.

Read more about this year’s festival, and the big names from the culinary world who are flying into Mauritius for the event this weekend: 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.