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The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ is the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. Our society is vintage, but our events are cutting edge! The chapter in the United States is now in its 54th year with about 6,000 gourmands, gourmets, gastronomes, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, oenologists, winery owners, sommeliers, food and wine educators, and others interested in the finest of dining and life experiences and enjoying the camaraderie of friends at dinners and events. The tradition of the royal guild of goose roasters of 1248 was revived in Paris in 1950, and we now carry on those traditions.

While looking at photos on our website, you should get a feeling of the conviviality and enjoyment shared by our  members.

Latest News

7.13.2015 Our new Membership Brochure is available 24/7 for those that want information about the Chaîne and about becoming a member. It can be accessed by clicking here. And, if interested in becoming a member, contact our Administrative Director at chaine@chaineus.org and provide your name, address, telephone numbers and email address so that we can have someone from your geographic area get in touch with you about the organization and your membership interest.
6.23.2015 Jurisconsult Paul Haar will lead a fabulous cruise with all Chaîne members on the SeaDream I (a large yacht with only 56-staterooms) from July 2-9, 2016 from Athens to Rome, a first time offering! All of the particulars are now available for members and they may sign up now for the cruise. Click here to download the cruise brochure and obtain the contact information for the travel agent handling the exclusive bookings for this cruise.
6.13.2015 The results of the Chaîne Young Chefs Competition are in! Our national winner for 2015 is Matthew Phillips of Overland Park, Kansas. Congratulations, Matt! In second place was Geno Betz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and third was Spyridon Giannakoulopoulos of Islip, New York. Additional details will be posted soon. Congratulations to all of our regional winners who competed.
6.9.2015 Chef Rôtisseur Mark G. Wright of the Buffalo Bailliage (a Chaîne member for 27 years) has been elected as the Chair of the American Academy of Chefs ("AAC") for the term 2015-2017. He will succeed Chef Rôtisseur Stafford DeCambra who has served as President of the AAC for the past four years. Maître Rôtisseur Americo "Rico" DiFronzo of the Colonial New England Bailliage has been elected the Vice Chair of the AAC. Chef Rôtisseur Thomas J. Macrina, President of the American Culinary Federation ("ACF") for the past two years has been re-elected as its President for two more years. Congratulations to Chaîne Members Mark, Rico and Tom on their election!
6.5.2015 The registration materials for the 2015 USA Grand Chapitre taking place in San Juan Puerto Rico October 28 - November 1, 2015 are now available. Click here to download the registration materials. 
6.5.2015 The photos from the 2015 National Société Mondiale du Vin Meeting and Young Sommelier Competition are now available. Click here to see the photos from Chaîne Photographer David Ramsey.
5.30.2015 The International General Assembly elected Chancelier des Etats-Unis Heinz Hofmann to the Conseil d'Administration and Magistral and Bailli Délégué Honoraire Joe Girard was re-elected to the same Conseils, each for a 3 year term. Elected to one year terms on the Conseil Magistral were Argentier des Etats-Unis Rufus Cressend, Conseiller Gastronomique des Etats-Unis Ira Falk, and Bailli Délégué des Etats-Unis Honoraire Burt Hobson (re-elected). Bailli Délégué des Etats-Unis d'Amerique Harold Small has 2 additional years of his term as a member of both the Conseil d'Administration and the Conseil Magistral.
5.22.2015 The Chaîne U.S. congratulates our 2010 U.S. National Young Sommelier of the Year Michael Meagher and Far West Regional Winner and runner up in our 2013 competition Will Costello on being awarded their Master Sommelier designation by the Court of Master Sommeliers. They join prior Chaîne U.S. National Young Sommelier of the Year winners Christopher Bates, Ian Cauble, Jason Heller, Christopher Miller, Jason Smith and Desmond Echavarrie as Master Sommeliers. We also want to extend our congratulations to all of the other new Master Sommeliers on this very significant accomplishment, including Brahm Callagan, Elyse Lambert, Jack Mason, Kevin Reilly and June Rodil.
5.16.2015 The results of the Chaîne Young Sommeliers Competition are in! Our national winner for 2015 is Andrey Ivanov of St. Louis. Congratulations, Andrey! In second place is Mia Van de Water of New York City, and third is John Filkins of Baltimore. Addtional details will be posted soon.
5.11.2015 The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional magazine features the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in their latest issue. Click here to view the magazine.
4.02.2015 Vice Chargé de Missions Honoraire Fred Wasserman of the San Diego Bailliage was honored by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Heath by being inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1973 he formed a group practice of physicians and developed an early federally qualified HMO that grew to 2 million members in 26 states and created the model now known as "Accountable Care Organization." His work in the HMO setting and the use of nurse practitioners, counseling, prospective review and quality assurance programs, and research focused on quality and satisfaction with care in this setting were very innovative.
3.26.2015 The registration materials for the 2015 National Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition Weekend taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 12-14, 2015 are now available. Click here to download the registration materails.
2.28.2015 Peter Mondavi Sr., at 100 years of age, was inducted as the oldest Chaîne member by Bailli Délégué Harold Small. This brings membership to three generations of this celebrated wine family with members in attendance, including Peter Jr., Marc, Janice, Alycia, Angelina, and Riana Mondavi. Pair and Grand Echanson Honoraire Shelly Margolis inducted Peter Mondavi Sr. into the Société Mondiale du Vin USA. They along with friends and Napa-Sonoma Bailliage members and guests particpated in an extraordinary event at the Carriage House (built in 1881) at Charles Krug Winery orchestrated by Bailli Gene Daly and his officer team.
2.25.2015 Conseiller des Bailliages National Honoraire Joel Spiro was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) recognizing his service as President of their Society of Fellows. A number of other Chaîne members are currently part of the Society of Fellows, a group that provides support for the CIA.
2.10.2015 The Bailliage of Israel has invited Chaîne U.S. Members to join them in the celebration of their 50th Anniversary Grand Chapître from April 27 - May 3. Bailli Délégué Harold Small will be there along with other members of our Bailliage. If you want to participate, access the registration materials and follow their instructions. Click here for more information.
2.3.2015 The registration materials for the 2015 National Société Mondiale du Vin Weekend and National Young Sommelier Competition taking place in Santa Barbara, California on May 14-17, 2015 are now available. Click here to download the registration materials.
2.3.2015 Please join the Kansas City Bailliage and the Midwest Region for the Midwest Assemblage and Regional Young Chef Competition, March 27-29, 2015 in Kansas City. Tours, special dinners, and an awards gala are all on the agenda. Stay on March 29 for a Bailli Boot Camp. Click here for more information.
12.22.2014 On December 13, 2014, Maître Rôtisseur Michel Richard of the Washington, D.C. Bailliage was presented the insignia of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merit by the Republic of France. Michel is one of the leading French chefs in the world and a long-time friend of the Chaîne. Michel has had an over 35-year love affair tantalizing discerning palates with extraordinary cuisine at his renowned fine dining restaurants Citrus and Citronelle restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore. Michel has been admitted into the acclaimed Traditions & Qualité, Les Grandes Tables du Monde, honored as "Best Chef of the Year" and "Best Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year" by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who" in American Food and Wine. Bravo, Michel!
12.10.2014 On December 10, 2014, Paul S. Haar, Jurisconsult des Etats-Unis and Bailli Honoraire of the Washington, D.C. Bailliage of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, was honored by the Republic of France at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. when Christopher Malvezin of the Embassy of France to the United States bestowed upon Paul the title of Chevalier de L'Ordre du Mérite Agricole, in recognition of his over 20 years of tireless dedication to the promotion of French gastornomy and wine in the United States.
12.09.2014 Two distinguished Chaîne members take national television spotlights this month. Be sure to tune in and see Chef Evan Hennessey of the New Hampshire Bailliage on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay". This episode, "Roll the Dice' will air at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. Chef Reimund Pitz can be seen on The Cooking Channel's "Coming to America" on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:30PM EST, Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:30AM EST, or Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:30AM EST.
12.08.2014 Gastronome Extra! is on our website, Vice Chargée de Presse Nationale Marie Addario today released the issue of Gastronome Extra! for 2014. Gastronome Extra! is the U.S. Chaîne's all-digital national magazine (now in flip book form) and is a supplement to the U.S. Chaîne's print magazine, Gastronome. Click here to get a direct link to the Gastronome Extra!.
11.20.2014 Conseiller Gastronomique des Etats-Unis Ira Falk was honored by the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival as Culinarian of the Year at their Celebrity Chef Gala. During the evening Chaîne scholarships were awarded and approximately $20,000 was raised for additional Chaîne scholarships to be awarded next year.
11.17.2014 The newest issue of La Revue Internationale de la Chaîne includes a marvelous feature article, Life at Sea Chaîne-Style, written by Greater Miami Bailli Nancy Radlauer and featuring cruise lines associated with the Chaîne and their ships, including Crystal, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian and Silversea. In this issue Chargée de Presse Michele Metter and Vice Chargée de Presse and Gastronome Editor-in-Chief Marie Addario appear in a photo with Bailli Délégué Harold Small.
11.17.2014 Chaîne Foundation scholarships were presented by Rhode Island Bailli Paul Damiano and Bailli Provincial Gabor Huszar at the Johnson & Wales Providence Campus. Also participating in the presentation were Dean of Culinary Education and Conseiller Culinaire Provincial Honoraire Peter Lehmuller, and Department Chair/Educator and Echanson Provincial Honoraire Edward Korry. For many years the Chaîne and its Foundation have provided thousands of dollars of scholarships for Johnson & Wales students at the various campuses.
10.31.2014 Napa-Sonoma Vice Chargé de Missions Jean-Charles Boisset was honored for his joie de vivre by the Pennsylvannia Academy of the Fine Arts at the Baccahanal 2014. Congratulations!
10.16.2014 The first-round of the 2015 Young Sommelier Competition will be held online on Saturday, December 6. To sign up, candidates should read the rules and fill out the application linked at the bottom of the Young Sommelier page on the Chaîne website. After the December 6 first-round test, up to the three highest-scoring competitors in the region will be invited to an in-person regional competition to be held between January and March. The national finals will be in Santa Barbara, CA on May 14-15, 2015. The competition is open to sommeliers age 30 and under and there's no cost to participate.
10.06.2014 The Bailliage de Myrtle Beach of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is featured in The Sun News with comments by Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Tony Hirsh and Vice Chargé de Missions Tom Maeser regarding raising more than $425,000 for the Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The HGTC trains the chefs of the future and the Chaîne has for the past decade been assisting them in doing so. Click here to read.

International Young Sommelier Winner Jane Lopes of Ristorante Morini in New York, takes high honors during the International Young Sommelier Competition in Copenhagen winning second place ribbons! We congratulate Jane on herhonors in what has been reported as intense competition among the world's brightest young sommeliers.

9.19.2014 This just in! Winners of the International Young Sommelier Competition are offically announced. First Place: Pier-Alexis, Souliere, Australia from Est Restaurant; Second Place: Jane Lopes, United States of America from Ristorante Morini; Third Place; Tanguy Martin, Great Britain from Hotel Terravina. Congratulations to all of the winners!.
9.15.2014 Napa-Sonoma Bailliage Vice Chargé de Missions Jean-Boisset and his wife Gina Gallo were awarded the Chuck Smith Award for Global Entrepreneurship by the John F. Kennedy University's Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership at a recent awards ceremony. Boisset, the proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, including Raymond, Buena Vista, JCB, Lyeth and other wineries has been a leader in the wine industry, as has his wife, winemaker for Gallo Signature Wines, Jean-Charles is assisting in building this Bailliage. Congratulations Jean-Charles and Gina!
8.13.2014 The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website an article and images from our Grand Chapître in New Orleans. Click here for access.
8.8.2014 The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website an introduction of our Chargée de Presse Michelle Metter and Vice Chargée de Presse and Editor-in-Chief of Gastronome and Gastronome Extra Marie Addario. Click here for access.
8.8.2014 The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website a brief biography about Bailli Délégué Harold Small. Click here for access.
7.13.2014 Bailli Délégué Harold Small elected to a three-year term as a member of the Conseil d'Administration (the 15-member governing Board of Directors of the International Organization) by the International General Assembly and will continue to serve as a member of the Conseil Magistral. Chancelier Heinz Hofmann and Bailli Délégué Honoraire Burton Hobson were each elected to one-year terms as members of the Conseil Magistral. To see the posting on the International website, click here.
7.12.2014 The members of the Conseil Magistral unanimously elect Bailli Délégué Honoraire Roger Yaseen to the International Conseil d'Honneur. Other members of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis who have received that honor include Robert Epstein, Burton Hobson, Shelly Margolis and Henry Schielein.
7.11.2014 The photos from the 2014 Grand Chapître in New Orleans, Louisiana are now available. Click here to see the photos from Chaîne Photographer David Ramsey.
6.28.2014 Harold Small was promoted to Bailli Délégué (National President). Other National Officers and Directors promoted at the wonderful Grand Chapître in New Orleans included Chancelier (National Vice President) Heinz Hofmann, Argentier (National Secretary/Treasure) Rufus Cressend, Conseiller Gastronomique Ira Falk, Chargée de Presse Michelle Metter, Grand Echanson Charles Bennett, Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels Reimund Pitz, Jurisconsult Paul Haar, Chaîne Foundation Chair John Burson, Bailli Provincial Northeast Gabor Huszar, Bailli Provincial Southwest William Salomon, Bailli Provincial Midwest Renee Wilmeth, Bailli Provincial Northwest Bertrand deBoutray, Vice Chargée de Presse National and Editor-in-Chief of Gastronome Marie Addario, Vice Echanson National Pete Stiles, Vice Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Martin Frei. Regional Officers, Baillis and Bailliage Officers were also promoted along with the induction of new members. Newly approved National Officers not in attendance will be promoted at other ceremonies. Mr. Small thanked all of the officers whose terms expire on June 30, 2014 for their service to the Chaîne and congratulated all of those being promoted.
6.28.2014 The photos from the 2014 National Mondiale Meeting in Carmel, California are now available. Click here to see the photos.
5.17.2014 The winner of the 2014 U.S. National Young Chefs Competition was Geoffrey Lanez from Rhode Island, representing the Northeast Region. Second place was awarded to Mike Reidy from California, representing the Far West Region, and third place was awarded to Marco Bahena from Illinois, representing the Midwest Region.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the finals of the Chaine Young Sommelier Competition in Carmel, CA, three sommeliers under 30 were victorious after a challenging day of testing. Congratulations to the three top finishers, and to all the other regional winners who competed! First Place - Jane Lopes of NYC, our first-ever female champion! Tied for First after initial Scoring - Andrey Ivanov of Saint Louis, MO and Third Place - John Filkins of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Click here for more information.


Chancelier National Harold Small was elected Bailli Délégué Saturday following a mail-in ballot of the 186 eligible U.S. National Council members. Bailli Délégué-elect Small will be elevated in New Orleans in June and will begin a three-year term as Bailli Délégué July 1. Elected to serve as Chancelier National (Vice-President) was Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels Heinz Hofmann. Southwest Bailli Provincial Rufus Cressend was elected to serve as Argentier National (Secretary/Treasurer). Indianapolis Bailli Renee Wilmeth was elected to serve as Midwest Bailli Provincial, and Southeast Bailli Provincial Charles Radlauer was elected to serve a second term starting July 1.

Running unopposed and deemed elected as Baillis Provinciaux were Gabor Huszar, Northeast Region; Bertrand de Boutray, Pacific Northwest Region; and Bill Salomon, Southwest Region. Unopposed incumbents for Bailli Provincial included Robin Jacobs, Mid-Atlantic Region, Tom Ruff, South Central Region; Ron Overend, Caribbean/Atlantic Islands Region; Bryan Stirrat, Far West Region; and Bruce Liebert, Hawaii/Pacific Islands Region. Also unopposed for Audit Committee were Far West Chambellan Provincial Hon. Ira Falk, Lake Shore Bailli Bruce Foudree, and Santa Fe Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Hon. Steve Lustig.

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