2016 National Meeting
2017 Sommeliers Competition
2016 Culinary Weekend

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 56th 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

10.17.2016 The Meeting Materials for the National Council Meeting are posted and available to voting National Council Members, subject to password access. Click here for access. If you are a voting National Council Member and forgot the password please contact the National Officer.
10.15.2016 The Chaîne U.S. and its 56th Grand Chapître will be in Las Vegas very soon and they are featured in the October 2016 issue Luxury Las Vegas. Click here for a link to the article which begins on page 110.
10.11.2016 Applications are now open for the 2017 Chaîne Young Sommelier Competition! The first round test will be given online on December 3, 2016. U.S. sommeliers who are at least 21 on December 3, 2016 and won't yet be 31 on September 30, 2017 are eligible to compete. This year offers the most generous prizes ever, and there's no cost to participate. For the full rules and to access the online application, click in the center photograph above on this page, which depicts our 2016 winner, Martin Sheehan-Stross of Michael Mina Restaurant in San Francisco, who is the 2016 Best Young Sommelier in the World! Chaîne and Mondiale members, recommend that any eligible sommeliers you know join in this career-building opportunity. The Chaîne supports the sommelier community!
10.01.2016 The Chaîne Foundation Auction is now open. Make your bid to support for The Chaîne Foundation!  Click here to view auction items.
9.21.2016 Dorothea Hunter Sönne, Food and Wine Editor of Gulfshore Life was awarded third place in the category of Non-Newspaper Feature Article by the Association of Food Journalists for her article about the Chaîne titled, "Eat, Drink and be Knighted". The Association of Food Journalist is a professional organization founded in 1974 and dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism across media platforms. She liked what she saw and experienced while researching the article and has now become a member of the  Naples Bailliage of the Chaîne.
8.26.2016 Sommelier Martin Sheehan-Stross of the San Francisco Bailliage and Michael Mina Restaurant was named the best Young Sommelier in the World at the International Competition in Vaduz, Lichenstein. Click here for access to the Press Release. 
7.17.2016 Maître Rôtisseur Jacqueline Bamrick, CEC (Buffalo Bailliage) and Bailli Jean Yves Vendeville, CEPC (Savannah Bailliage) were inducted into the American Academy of Chefs and Bailli Délégué Harold Small was inducted as an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Chefs during their annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations!
7.17.2016 ACF President and Maître Rôtisseur Tom Macrina (Pittsburgh Bailliage), AAC President and Maître Rôtisseur Mark Wright (Buffalo Bailliage), HBOT Chairman and Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Honoraire Bert Cutino, and Vice Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Michael Ty were each presented with a Brillat-Savarin Médaille de Mérite during the gala dinner of the American Academy of Chefs by Bailli Délégué Harold Small, with the assistance of Chancelier Heinze Hofmann and Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Reimund Pitz (also an ACF Past President).
7.17.2016 Chaîne Members received recognition by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for their accoumplishments at their national meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, including Cutting Edge Chef Award recipient Maître Rôtisseur Robert Phillips (Los Angeles Bailliage) and Cutting Edge Chef Award recipient Chef Rôtisseur Peter Sproul (Salt Lake City Bailliage). Both were recognized with these awards during the ACF National Convention and meeting events. Chef Rôtisseur Kathleen Vossenberg, CCC, CCE, MBA (Orlando Bailliage) was one of the four finalists for the ACF Chef Educator of the Year. We are very proud of these Chaîne Members, their accomplishments and recognition by the ACF. Congratulations! Chef Rôtisseur Peter Sproul of Utah Valley University was the coach for the ACF Student Chef of the Year Michelle Stephenson of Utah Valley University, their team won the ACF Knowledge Bowl, and Peter mentored Lyn Wells, our Chaîne U.S. National Chef of the Year.
7.17.2016 Maître Rôtisseur Randy Torres (Portland Bailliage) coached the winning team from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute to a Gold Medal and 2016 winner of the ACF Student Team national Championship. Congratulations Randy! Also, we want to extend congratulations to the team from Johnson County Community College, of Overland Park, Kansas, coached by Maître Hôtelier Edaward Adel, CEC, and Maître Restaurateur Felix Sturmer both of the Kansas City Bailliage, as well as the other competing teams and coaches.
7.5.2016 The registration materials for the 2016 National Grand Chapître taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 27-30, 2016 are now available.Click here to download the registration materials.
6.30.2016 Brillat-Savarin Members can sign up now to participate in the Brillat-Savarin Gourmet Getaway in San Antonio, Texas from September 15-18, 2016. San Antonio Bailli Vivian Ray, Southwest Bailli Provincial Bill Salomon, Vice Chancelier Délégué, Académie Brillat-Savarin Georges Muller, and the San Antonio Team have planned marvelous experiences for involving the cuisine of the Southwest and experiences at the CIA. Click here for more information and to obtain registration materials.
6.21.2016 World Certified Master Chef and our Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Reimund Pitz, CEC, CCE, AAC, WCMC, is the first person selected by Canada Bailli Délégué David Tetrault (and Président du Comité des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs) to be on the Culinary Advisory Board to the International Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Committee of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The newly created Culinary Advisory Board's purpose is to advise the Committee regarding all aspects of staging our International competition using current industry practices to keep the competition relevant. The members will include Certified Master Chefs, Master Chefs or Executive Chefs (senior culinary professionals with experience in competitions and mentoring of chefs), two each from North America, Europe and Asia/Australia, and each to serve for two years. We are very proud of Chef Pitz (one of the most awarded and decorated chefs in the world and having been honored as the USA's Chef of the Year) and all that he has done for young chefs and how this will expand those opportunities. Congratulations!!!
6.11.2016 Chef Rôtisseur Lyn Wells of Salt Lake City, Utah (Far West Region), was the winner of our National Competition to find the Best Young Chef. Kevin Maier of the Southeast Region placed second and Ian Sagayaga of the Hawaii/Pacific Islands Region placed third. The announcements were made at the gala induction dinner marking the culmination of the national competition and the end of the first ever Culinary Weekend of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage des Etats-Unis in Sarasota, Florida, at Keiser University. More information and a photo will be posted.
6.11.2016 Maître Rôtisseur Susan Notter of the YTI Career Institute was crowned as our 2016 National Pastry Competition Winner. Congratulations Susan!
6.11.2016 Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels des Etats-Unis Reimund Pitz was presented with the Brillat-Savarin Fondateur Award. At the time of presentation by Bailli Délégué Harold Small, he praised the amazing efforts and accomplishments of Dr. Pitz within the Chaîne, the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), and countless other groups and individuals that he has assisted and mentored. This award is only presented once per year.
6.11.2016 Maître Rôtisseur Americo S. DiFronzo, of the Colonial New England Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage des Etats-Unis, soon after being inducted as a member of the elite group of the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque (only 100 chefs). Congratulations Rico!!! Yes, some of the other chefs in this elite group are also members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage des Etats-Unis. Among the Chaîne members that are already members of the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque are Charles Carroll, John Folse, Michael Garbin, Karl Guggenmos, Tom Macrina, Reimund Pitz, and others.
6.1.2016 Vice Conseiller Gastronomique des Etats-Unis of the Las Vegas Bailliage Michael Severino was profiled in the June issue of Luxury Las Vegas relating to his philanthropy and all that he has done in his illustrious career in Las Vegas. Read all about his accomplishments and meet him at the Grand Chapître in Las Vegas. Click here to read the entire article.
6.1.2016 Vail Bailli Suzanne Hoffman has written the just released book Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte, about some of the notable families of wine producers of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrto regions of Piemonte, Italy. The writing of the book was a labor of love and provides a glimpse into the generations of wine producers. Contact Suzanne to acquire your book.
5.19.2016 Las Vegas Bailli Larry Ruvo was profiled in Las Vegas Weekly (May 19-25, 2016) regarding not only what he has done in Las Vegas, rising from a bus boy to one of the notables in that city.  He created the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, named after his father. Learn what they are doing for others. Click here to read the entire article.
5.17.2016 Chaîne U.S. Members Buffalo Maître Rôtisseur Mark Wright, CEC, AAC, and Sarasota Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels Southeast Rene Marquis, CEC, AAC were inducted into the Canadian Culinary Federation's Honor Society, together with Claudio Ferrer, CEC, AAC, HOF, at a gala induction dinner at Essex Gold & Country Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Congratulations! Mark is the current President of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. Congratulations!
5.9.2016 The photos from the 2016 National Société Mondiale du Vin Meeting and Young Sommelier Competition are now available. Click here to see the photos from Chaîne Photographer David Ramsey.
4.29.2016 Young Sommelier Martin Sheehan-Stross of San Francisco's Michael Mina Restaurant has won the 2016 Chaîne Young Sommeliers Competition presented by Moët & Chandon. Morgan Harris of Aureole Restaurant in NYC placed second, and Steven Gullo of Paramour at the Wayne Hotel in Wayne, PA finished third. The finals were held on Friday, April 29 in Sonoma, CA. Congratulations to all nine finalists, and thanks to sponsor Moët & Chandon and major prize contributor CIVB (the Bordeaux Council)!
3.30.2016 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs partners with Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) to create New Young Sommeliers Competition Prize. For more information click here.
3.30.2016 Food & Wine Magazine named the 2016 Sommeliers of the Year, including Christopher Bates (our 2013 U.S. National and International Best Young Sommelier), Andrey Ivanov (2015 U.S. Best Young Sommelier), and Mia Van de Water (2015 2d in U.S. Best Young Sommelier Competition). Congratulations to each of them on another advancement in their careers! They are stellar and are members of the Chaîne!
3.7.2016 Moët & Chandon announced today its partnering with the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs as the title sponsor of its Young Sommeliers Competition. The competition will be from April 28-30 in Sonoma, California, to find the best young sommelier in the country. This is the 16th annual competition and the winner will be announced and toasted with Moët & Chandon at a gala dinner on April 29. Click here for access to the Press Release.
3.7.2016 Regional Young Sommeliers Competitions are now occurring. Our Press Release with the names of sommeliers that advanced to our regional competitions and those that have won regional competitions appear at this location. We wish all regional competitors well in the competition and congratulate those that have already won and will advance to and be competitors in our National Competition on April 28 and 29. Click here for access to the Press Release. 
12.2.2015 Officier Chef Rôtisseur and Commandeur Karl Guggenmos of the Rhode Island Bailliage was named one of the 2015 Stars of the Industry by the Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation as its Education Ambassador of the Year. Congratulations Chef!
11.21.2015 Chef Rôtisseur Stafford T. DeCambra of the Hawaii Island Bailliage was recognized by the ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Association at their 34th Annual American Academy of Chef's Regional Gala Dinner as the recipient of their 2015 Honor Chef Award for his leadership of and service to the American Academy of Chefs as its Chairman. Congratulations Stafford. 
11.17.2015 Bailli Délégué Honoraire Dr. David Wilson has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Johnson & Wales. David has served for a number of years as a Member of the Corporation in an advisory capacity.
11.16.2015 Chaîne Foundation Scholarships were presented by Rhode Island Bailli Paul Damiano and Bailli Délégué Honoraire David Wilson at the Johnson & Wales Providence Campus. Also participating in the presentation were Chancellor and Conseiller de la Toque Honoraire John Bowen, Dean and Conseiller Culinaire Provincial Honoraire Peter Lehmuller, Assistant Dean and Vice Conseiller Culinaire Thomas Delle Donne and Director of Developement & Alumni Relations Steven C. Shipley. For many years the Chaîne and its Foundation have provided thousands of dollars of scholarships for Johnson & Wales students at the various campuses. 
11.16.2015 The photos from the 2015 Grand Chapître in San Juan, Puerto Rico are now available.Click here to see the photos from Chaîne Photographer David Ramsey.
10.27.2015 Bailli Delegue Harold Small, Foundation Chair John Burson and Foundation Friends participated in the "chain cutting" of the first Chaine Kitchen in the Caribbean Islands, together with Universidad del Estate Chancelllor Alberto Maldonado Ruiz, Esq. and Dean of the Jose A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts Terestella Gonzalez Denton, at the University's campus near to San Juan, Puerto Rico,. The hospitality professionals and culinary artisans training at this wonderful educational institution will advance their training with scholarship funds provided to the University. And they will also learn about the Chaine because of the relationship established between the university and the Chaine.
  More news can be found in the MEDIA/PRESS section of our website.



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