2014 Grand Chapitre Photos
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.
||The Board and National Council Meeting Book for the January 10, 2015 Meeting in San Diego is now available and can be downloaded here.|
||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!|
||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.|
||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.|
||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!.|
||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.|
||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. |
||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.|
||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!|
||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.|
||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.
||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!.|
||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!|
||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.|
||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.|
||The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website a brief biography about Bailli Délégué Harold Small. Click here for access.|
||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. |
||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. |
||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.|
||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.|
||The photos from the 2014 National Mondiale Meeting in Carmel, California are now available. Click here to see the photos.|
||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.
||More news can be found in the MEDIA/PRESS section of our website.|