The world’s oldest gastronomical society from Paris gears up to launch a Chennai chapter
Five days ago, Sathya Raj, a young chef from Bengaluru, beat 10 other participants in Le Concours de L’Inde des Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs. He will represent India at the finals of a prestigious competition for junior chefs, scheduled to take place in Budapest this September. Raj is the chef de partie at Ritz Carlton, a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1248. Since it came to India in 2008, the Chaîne has opened two chapters, Bengaluru and Goa. Considering the former has just around 65 members to date, we have to believe Marie Jones, the international vice president of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, when she insists that membership is only by invitation.
Jones shares that a Chennai chapter of the Chaîne is in the pipeline next. “We are choosing a local board and they will invite members,” she says. Chaîne’s members list in India includes chefs like Abhijit Saha and Manu Chandra, and it also welcomes non-professional members who get to be part of exclusive events conducted by the society. And with Jones promising us that the Chennai chapter should be operational “By December,” we’re sure many fingers will be crossed.
For love of wine
Having hosted food societies from Australia and Russia in the past, Chennai is not new to gourmet clubs. But while most of them were passing clouds, Terroir, The Madras Wine Club, has been active for around seven years, meeting up over wine dinners and wine movies at least four to six times a year.