27 February 2017, Paris - Le Cordon Bleu, the leading Global Network of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institutes, was honoured to welcome the Académie Culinaire de France on Sunday 26 February 2017, for the induction ceremony of Auditor and Associate members, and for the presentation of the 2017 Trophée Passion competitors and juries.
Chef Fabrice Prochasson, (MOF 1996), President of the Académie Culinaire de France stated that ‘’all members whoever they are must be solidary and that the Academy is one and the same team permitting the development of the association nationally and internationally. With this in mind, the Academy wishes to open branches this year, notably in China and Russia and continue the organization of gala, hunting and charity dinners’’.
In his welcoming speech, André Cointreau, Le Cordon Bleu President declared that
the Culinary Academy of France and Le Cordon Bleu joined forces in their mission of transmitting and sharing know-how both in France and abroad. The French Chefs community must work together to defend the cultural and culinary heritage of France throughout the world. It is through the success of our students that these values are promoted.
A number of members of the Institute were honoured during the event:
- Mr. André Cointreau was awarded by Chef Fabrice Prochasson the Chevalier medal from the Ordre Mondial de l’Académie Culinaire de France.
- Chef Eric Briffard, One of the Best Craftsmen in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France - MOF) and 2* in the Michelin Guide, Le Cordon Bleu Paris institute Executive Chef and Yannick Anton, Cuisine Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa were inducted as Auditor members of the Académie Culinaire de France.
- Chef Olivier Boudot, Boulangerie Champion of France (2009) and Europe (2010), Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Paris institute, was inducted as Associate member of the Académie Culinaire de France.
During the event, Chef Fabrice Prochasson was accompanied by a multitude of professionals and personalities from the culinary world, including Chef Guillaume Gomez (MOF 2004 - President of the Association des Cuisiniers de la République), Chef Nicolas Sale from the restaurant of the Hotel Ritz, Chef Bernard Vaussion, former Chef of the Elysée Palace, Chef Joël Bellouet (MOF) and many others. Members of the Académie Culinaire include former Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructors like Chef Marc Thivet, but also current members of the teaching team such as Chefs Jean-Jacques Tranchant, Jean-Francois Deguignet, Christian Moine and Marc Vaca.
One of the day’s events was also a conference on “La Georgette” by its creator, Mr. Jean-Louis Orengo.
The Trophée Passion award ceremony took place on February 27th at the Quai d’Orsay – French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The six countries representing the competing teams of this competition were: Chili, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco and Switzerland and United States. Romain Schaller, the French candidate won the Trophée Passion 2017. The Guatemalan team’s coach, Milly Bruderer, a Le Cordon Bleu Paris graduate, won the award of Best Coach. This competition for young chefs was founded by the Académie Culinaire de France, honorary president, Mr. Gérard Dupont. In 2012, Chef Miguel Quesada from Le Cordon Bleu Mexico won this competition.
Photo credits: Laure Stephane