‘Goût de France’ Sponsored by Chef Alain Ducasse has Selected the Château Mon Désir to Represent the Best of French Cuisine

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The leading culinary even ‘Goût de France’ which is sponsored by renowned Chef Alain Ducasse has selected the Château Mon Désir to represent the best of French cuisine in Mauritius. The global even will see more the 2,000 chefs across five continents in order to celebrate French gastronomy.

The event will take place on Mach 21st and the chefs will be hosting dinners in honour of French cuisine. In recognition of this event, Rakesh Munoruth, chef of the Château Mon Désir at the Maritim Resort & Spa in Mauritius will serve guests a unique tasting menu. The tasting menu on offer will include French classics that are UNESCO listed.

The tasting menu will be six courses and will begin with champagne and a mushroom Vol-au-vent. This will be followed by marinated scallop carpaccio with passion fruit and crispy Kadaifi gambas, creamy leek, caviar and beetroot sprouts. The main course of this French gastronomic even is Bees Rossini served alongside sautéed baby spinach, truffléed potato mousseline and a selection of vegetables. To follow will be gratinated goat’s cheese with honey, rucola and pear salad and dressed with a walnut vinaigrette. The dessert after this spectacularly rich meal is a Grand Marnier soufflé with vanilla ice cream.

Rakesh Munoruth has been awarded the red ribbon, a famous symbol of ‘Les Disciples d’Escoffier’ in recognition of his innovative style and respect for French culinary traditions. Fellow luminaries include Raymond Blanc, Brian Turner and Gary Rhodes, who are all members of the famous association. With twenty years of experience, Rakesh has joined the biggest worldwide organisation of chefs. The Mauritian native Rakesh has collaborated with Michelin starred chefs in order to further improve the standing of the restaurant. Château Mon Désir is a restaurant that offers guests an opportunity to try their exquisite cuisine, combining international specialties as well as French and Indian Ocean delicacies, served in an historic and beautiful environment.

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Spirit Restaurant has Teamed up with Blue Apple Veterans Charity

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The Spirit Restaurant located in Warrington has teamed up with Blue Apple Veterans Charity. Through this partnership, the charity’s allotment will be used in the Warrington restaurant and Spirit’s food will be served in the in the charity’s new café in the town centre.

The Spirit Restaurant in located next to the charity’s one-acre allotment and garden site, which will mean that the Spirit Restaurant will be using local produce in its meals that will be easily accessible to the chefs. Located on Park Manor, Victoria Park, the location of the allotment and restaurant provides an ideal opportunity to build a partnership.

Head Chef Rick Barlow works with his team in order to produce the highest possible quality, tasty ingredients in the menu. So teaming up with the military veterans, who are seen to work hard in order to produce the best quality products the partnership should work well.

Blue Apple Veterans is a charity that was launched five years ago in order to support service men and servicewomen as well as their families across the north west. The charity helps these veterans that are dealing with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The charity offers physical as well as emotional support to all its veterans through a team of volunteers and the use of the allotment and garden in Victoria Park. Blue Apple works with as many as 100 former Army, Royal Navy and RAF personnel every week.

The Blue Apple Veterans Café is located in Buttermarket Street, Warrington. The café opened in February, but due to a lack of volunteers and facilities, the café has not been able to serve hot food. The Spirit restaurant will deliver fresh food o the café which will allow visitors to buy high quality products. By doing this, the restaurant is helping more money for the charity.

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The Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship is Back

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The Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship is back for its fourth year this year. This fun contest will travel across the country in order to test bartending skills. The bartenders will be tested on a host of different bartending skills and will stay true to the original format. This contest is a high energy opportunity for bartenders to show their skills and be in with a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans and the world’s premier cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail. The winner will be given the opportunity to network with the industry’s influential personalities as well as other Ultimate Bartender Championship winners from around the world.

The bartenders will be tested on a variety of different skills including their ingredient knowledge, mixing, pouring and nosing as well as their organisation skills with tasks such as stock take. This year’s championship will use Monkey Shoulder’s typical fun style in order reinvent the traditional cocktail competition. This new style competition will allow the next generation of bartenders to show their talents.

Last year Dave White from the Dead Parrot won after strong competition from more than 300 applications. He claimed the top prize for the UK and was awarded with a trip to the USA last year. This year, the competition starts in Aberdeen on Sunday 19th March and the team will then travel up and down the country over the course of 10 weeks. The final of the UBC is Sunday 14th May and will be held in London.

The UBC has an unconventional nature even though all stages of the competition have been designed to make sure that the bartenders that enter the competition are encouraged. Driven by a love of bartending, the Monkey Shoulder team will be travelling to Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, and Brighton in between the start at Aberdeen and final in London on their look out for the UK’s best bartender.

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