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Club des Chefs des Chefs to make UK debut

Club des Chefs des Chefs to make UK debut

The Club des Chefs des Chefs, the exclusive culinary society for the chefs of heads of state from around the world, is to make its first visit to the UK since it was founded in 1977.

London luxury hotel the Dorchester will host the Club for its visit in July, which kicks off with a charity Sunday Lunch at the Mayfair property in aid of the Beyond Food Foundation.

Each of the visiting chefs will devise one of the dishes which will be produced with the support of both past and current Beyond Food apprentices as well as the Dorchester's executive chef Henry Brosi.

Mark Flanagan, chef to Her Majesty the Queen and vice-president of the Club, has organised an itinerary of events for the chefs that is designed to highlight the best of British produce and culinary traditions and includes trips to Stilton and Melton Mowbray.

Commenting on the club's inaugural visit to Britain, Flanagan said: "Now is the right time to welcome the Club des Chefs des Chefs to the UK as the country continues to establish itself within the global food community.

"The restaurant scene across the UK is at its peak and the strong pedigree of British produce is making itself known across the world. We've plenty to shout about."

Christian Garcia, head chef to Prince Albert of Monaco and the Club's president, said he and the other members were very excited about the trip. "It's important to learn about how the other chefs work and the food they produce every day," he added.

Simon Boyle, chef founder of the Beyond Food Foundation, which operates social enterprise restaurant and cookery school Brigade on London's Tooley Street, welcomed the support of the Club.

"We're really proud that the Dorchester is supporting our charity. We will have past and current apprentices in the kitchen gaining valuable work experience at the Sunday lunch, which will be an excellent springboard for the week's events.

"Then, on the Tuesday, the chefs will give up their morning to come to Brigade and give inspirational cookery demonstrations to all of our apprentices, again both past and present. That's what we try to do at the foundation: inspire. Once you've done that for people, it's amazing what they can do for themselves."

Gilles Bragard founded the club 37 years ago when he instigated a meeting of a number of personal chefs of heads of state at the restaurant Paul Bocuse in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or.

Following its success, the Chefs des Chefs have come together in a different country every year, where they explore the local gastronomy and participate in various culinary activities that are designed to promote the profession.

He said: "The role of these chefs is to support and emphasise their country's gastronomy, promote health and wellbeing, and uphold the highest standards of cuisine. The Club des Chefs des Chefs helps to develop these themes amongst its members."

Pictured L-R: Mark Flanagan, Simon Boyle, Gilles Bragard and Christian Garcia

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