MONTREAL, May 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - From May 29 to 31, 2011, Montréal,
world-class capital of haute cuisine, will be proud to welcome some 100
members of the Canadian-American delegation of the Association des
Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (MCF) (Master Chefs of France; MCF) and
the Académie culinaire de France (ACF) for a major prestigious event.
The event consists primarily of three activities: the MCF's 60th
anniversary celebrations, the 46th Annual General Meeting of the MCF
Canadian-American delegation, and the 29th MCF/ACF friendship dinner.
All three will be presided over by his Excellency, Mr. François
Delattre, French Ambassador to Canada, and his Excellency's wife, Mrs.
"The Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France ensures that the
essence and traditions of French cuisine endure. Receiving the title of
Maître Cuisinier de France is an undisputable asset in the world of
gastronomy; it is an honour to be among the some 300 chefs worldwide
who have been awarded that title. By the same token, choosing Montréal
to host the MCF event confirms the city's status as a gastronomic
capital," said Europea's Chef and Master Chef of France, Jérôme Ferrer.
"Montréal is certainly one of our preferred host venues. For a long
time, the city has been making a name for itself for its fine cuisine
and creativity, two essential qualities of the Master Chefs of France.
I have no doubt that the three days we spend here will be a golden
opportunity for all our delegates to exchange ideas with their peers
and be inspired by Montréal's creative and dynamic atmosphere,"
asserted Jean-Louis Dumonet, President of the American MCF delegation.
The Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal
added: "By deciding to hold their event in Montréal, the Master Chefs
of France have shown how much they appreciate our wonderful city. It
shows the extent to which our reputation for gastronomy is recognized,
even by the most refined and knowledgeable connoisseurs of that milieu.
The arrival of so many culinary artists also validates Montréal's
presence in the Délice Network (an international network of good food
cities). This kind of visibility can only benefit our city, in the
sense that we will use it to strengthen our position as one of the
world's great gastronomic destinations, thereby attracting even more
gourmets and gourmands from around the world."
In addition to many great chefs from all across North America, the event
will be attended by restaurant professionals who will work alongside
these prestigious chefs to make French gastronomy more widely
accessible. This event represents an opportunity to showcase the
vitality and opportunity that Montréal brings to the table.
About the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France
Established in 1951, the Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France
includes over 300 certified chefs among its members; of which over 200
are in France, and the rest working elsewhere in Europe, the Americas,
the Middle East, and Africa. Its mission is to preserve, advance, and
continue the traditions of great French cuisine. Québec boasts two
members of this prestigious organization: Jérôme Ferrer, Owner/Chef of
Europea, Birks Café, Beaver Hall, and Andiamo, and Jean Soulard, Chef
at the Château Frontenac.
About the Académie culinaire de France
Created in 1883, the Académie culinaire de France is the world's oldest
association of chefs and pastry chefs. Its 900 members from 27
countries are high-ranking professionals in the fine cuisine industry.
Its goal is to perfect the French culinary arts and showcase the
creations and work of its members.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also
responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance
with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
SOURCE TOURISME MONTREAL
For further information:
Those wishing to attend the welcome cocktail (Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Birks Café) as a media rep and to meet the chefs should contact Micheline Vallée by phone at 514 344-9528, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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