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APRIL 2010

Paris, France

Best Recipes by the Best "MOF" Chefs Winner of the Gourmand World CookBook Award, this book is the result of a joint effort under the initiative of Editions Groupe Leduff . Presented like an imaginary menu, the book includes recipes from Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (aka"MOF") in all of the culinary world : chefs, butchers, cheesemongers, bakers etc... MOFs number under 200 in France. They are the pride of their country and their peers. Beyond their recognized skills - and the trademark red, white and blue collar, they are under a duty to convey their skills and experience to the younger generation. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the MOF Association. For information, contact :


Service Communication/Editions GLD


Paris, France

Nadia Igue is the resident executive Chef at the newly-opened Weber Grill Academy in Paris. Opened recently, (after a successful launch in the UK) the Grill Academy is the only outdoor cooking school available in France. A daring move in the heart of French cuisine at a time of renewed consumer awareness for organically grown products, the academy offers cooking classes for all levels. BBQ cooking techniques do not limit its use to just grill meat but also roast, bake, steam or low temperature cook any ingredients

Paris, France

Culinary author, food critic & blogger Sophie Brissaud represented by CCN honored in Paris with two key awards for superb book : Grands Crus Classes, Top Chefs. Commissioned by the Union of Grands Crus Classes in 1855, this well-researched book pairs recipes from top chefs around the world with 87 premium wines from Médoc, Sauternes & Barsac. This expert’s insight into the world of premium French wines received two prestigious awards : The 12th Edmond de Rothschild Book Prize and a World Cookbook Awards


Beverly Hills, California

Thomas Keller (The French Laundry in the Napa Valley & Per Se in NYC) one of the most recognized American chefs, opens Bouchon in Beverly Hills, California after the original rendition of a Lyon bistro in Yountville, CA and a second act in Las Vegas. Rorry Herman is the local chef with Scott Wheatfill, pastry chef and Alex Weil as head sommelier. Keller, a staunch supporter of young culinary talents through his involvement in the Bocuse d’Or competition is currently hosting Cesar Troisgros, a promising budding chef, son of Michel’s from of the eponymous lineage of French chefs from Roanne.   

The Head Sommelier at La Tour d’Argent overlooking Notre Dame in Paris was master of ceremonies at this month’s auction of 18,000 bottles of wine and old cognacs from the collection of 450,000 rich historical cellar. On sale : Vosne Romanee, Nuits Saint Georges, Volnay and several Burgundy 1855 Grands Crus. Third-generation manager Andre Terrail has recently undertaken a revival of the venerable institution created in 1582. Proceeds of the auction will help in securing promising 2009 millesimes and make room for a more diversified collection of new world wines in order to respond to more contemporary tastes and flavors.
Reims, Champagne Region
Philippe Mille : The Mille Touch at last at Les Crayeres in Reims this New Year’s Eve ? Six months after a change of the guards at the famous Reims property this summer (Chef Didier Elena left for La Chèvre d’Or and Philippe Mille, deputy chef of Yannick Alleno from Le Meurice Hotel in Paris took over) the chef is to unveil his personal menu paired with Champagnes - what else ?- on December 31st ! . The lunch crowd this last Sunday was spare and the bill very hefty. The perennial couple of tables of devout Japanese admirers of sous-chef Hideaki helped warm up the atmosphere. Pastry chef Sébastien Leproux deserves a special accolade for his creative desserts. With the new Brasserie concept on the property draining the crowds, and with a model for the restaurant out of synchronization with today’s tastes for simple and affordable offerings and service, the question in 2010 will be sustainability of the economic model. The property is owned by former owner of Champagne Pommery, Thierry Gardinier and is part of the Relais & Chateaux association.


Opening in November : International star woman chef from Catalonia, Carme Ruscadella will be at the helm of Moments by Ruscadella at the the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona. We met with the Hotel manager who was on tour throughout Europe to present the new establishment earlier this month



Two-star chef Jean-Francois Piege, after a 5-year stint at the famed Crillon Hotel in Paris, opens his new restaurant at chic brasserie Thoumieux in chic 7th Arrondissement in Paris. Hotel Thoumieux, above, is undergoing major renovation work, including an upcoming higher-end restaurant destined for Piege as well. The Costes family who operates over 100 restaurants in Paris is underwriting the project. The chef also publishes with Flammarion this month his latest book : Jean-Francois Piege in your Kitchen where he sets out 120 simple home recipes and 30 other basic recipes.


Jacques & Laurent Pourcel, the famed twin brothers from Montpellier who successfully combine French South West cuisine with Asian products and flavors internationally have been appointed to manage the restaurant of the French Pavillon at the World’s Fair in Shanghai in 2010. They are no strangers to the Shanghai scene where they were partners in a restaurant for four years. This come back may very well mean setting foot again in a new local venture

Las Vegas

After a first partnership in Hong Kong, French chef Pierre Gagnaire is due to celebrate his second venture with the latest new hot property of Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas this December. The new restaurant, called Twist by Pierre Gagnhaire will be located on the 23rd floor with a dazzling view of the city.

Paris : Meryl Streep and movie director Nora Ephron at private premiere of Julie/Julia for dignitaries of the food world in Paris

Brussels : Two-star seafood specialist, Chef Yves Mattagne, after a successful launch of his new cooking school Atelier Yves Mattagnes opens new concept Fresh Mama : Shop | Eat | Learn around seasonality at exquisitely restored historical customs building Tours & Taxis

Vancouver, BC
 : Chef David Hawksworth formerly of Ouest Restaurant, Isola, The Square and L’Escargot in London to open Hawksworth at the legendary Georgia Hotel & Private Residences. Munge Leung Design reinvented a chic modern boutique environment.

Beijing : Irish Chef Brian McKenna, formerly of The Blue Lobster at the Shangri-La in Beijing to take over Super Ganbei restaurant & banquet events at UCCA, the famed Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts created by Belgian collectors Baron Guy and Myriam Ullens. Brian served exclusive 8-course signature molecular tasting menu at slick Terra Roku restaurant in Bangkok in September.

Chef Albert Adria, "ideologist" of Spanish restaurant elBulli, will be the guest of honor at Spanish-inspired dinner hosted by McKenna and Da Dong of Da Dong Beijing Roast Duck Restaurants during a 3-day culinary event to be held at UCCA.