CULINARY CRAFT MASTERS PREPARE TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE FOR “STAR CHEF” AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT ANAHITA 0 1175

From March 6 to 9, 2019, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is set to welcome nine acclaimed French and Australian guest chefs for a four-day culinary showcase of live demonstrations and exclusive experiences, culminating in a live Star Chef Cooking Showdown at Bambou Beach.

In partnership with the Resort’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Nicolas Vienne, each event across the four days will offer insights into different ingredients, cooking techniques, culinary pairings and international flavours, all designed to engage and inspire diners and fellow chefs alike.

After 4 years STAR CHEF is coming back in China Didier Corlou Hotel De Carantec Patrick Jeffroy David Charier Xavier Thuret David Rathgeber @ Hervé Rodriguez Mike Tafe Thierry Drapeau Michel Portos from the 06 to 09 of March 2019 at the Four Seasons Mauritius Cédric Raffray Emmanuel Lafont Emmanuelle Coquet

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • Chefs’ Market: Up to 20 guests have the opportunity to discover the best of local street food and the buzz of the nearby Flacq market with guest Chef Michel Portos and Four Seasons Executive Sous Chef Patrick Soochit. After ingredients have been selected, guests will return to the Resort to see the two chefs prepare a lunch menu that combines local ingredients with a French touch. MUR 3,500 per person
  • Signature Sips: Adding to the evening’s Happy Hour Menu in O Bar, a signature selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes will be available.
  • Dinner Around the Sea, by two Michelin Star Chefs Patrick Jeffroy and Xavier Thuret: Beau Champ restaurant will host this seafood spectacular, with a six course menu being paired alongside a variety of hand-selected spirits by La Maison du Whisky. MUR 4,000 per person

Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Takamaka Boutique Winery: Chef Thierry Drapeau and Vietnamese specialist Chef Didier Corlou will invite up to 20 guests to join them on a discovery of the Takamaka Boutique Winery to enjoy a Franco-Vietnamese lunch and the flavours of the Takamaka wines of Mauritius. MUR 4,500 per person
  • Meet and Mingle: The event’s guest chefs and Resort’s management team will gather in O Bar for a chance to interact with all Resort guests over a choice of complimentary wines and cocktails.
  • Gourmet Dinner, by Chef Mike Tafe: Explore the finest cuts of meats from Australia in a menu designed by Chef Mike Tafe. A five course set menu with wine pairings will allow Chef Tafe to share his passion for combining the highest qualirty ingredients with the purest flavours. MUR 4,000 per person

Friday, March 8, 2019:

  • Four-handed Cooking Class with Chef Hervé Rodriguez and Chef David Rathgeber: While enjoying a three course lunch, our two guest chefs will introduce guests to new recipes and the latest culinary techniques, with ingredients from Gourmet Emporium. MUR 3,500 per person
  • Signature Sips: Adding to the evening’s Happy Hour Menu in O Bar, a signature selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes will be available.
  • “6.6.6” Michelin Chef Dinner: Six courses, six hands, six Michelin Stars; guest chefs Thierry Drapeau, Michel Portos and Patrick Jeffroy combine their knowledge of regional varieties of French cuisine to create a six course set menu, paired with a choice of wines from Grays and Gourmet Emporium. MUR 4,000 per person

Saturday, March 9, 2019:

  • Signature Sips: Adding to the evening’s Happy Hour Menu in O Bar, a signature selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes will be available.
  • Star Chef Showdown: As the event finale, six guest chefs will compete on stage at Bambou Beach alongside a Four Seasons commis chef to be named victorious, with the winning team’s commis chef being awarded the opportunity to travel to France to work at the two Michelin Star restaurant of Chef Thierry Drapeau. Upon presentation of a secret ingredient, each team of chefs will have just 45 minutes to create two courses, with judging to take place by local MC Maesh Soneea and Executive Chef Nicolas Vienne. Guests will also be able to enjoy a gourmet selection of dishes from a choice of live cooking stations, accompanied by canapés, spirits and local cocktails. MUR 1,800 per person

The Star Chefs

  • David Rathgeber – A connoisseur in traditional French cuisine, Chef Rathgeber honed his skills under Alain Ducasse, who served to be his mentor for more than five years. Working in a number of Ducasse’s global restaurants – from Louis XV in Monaco to Essex House in New York – Rathgeber went on to support the expansion of the group into Asia, namely in Osaka and Tokyo. He was awarded his first Michelin Star at Ducasse-owned Benoit, Paris, in 2006, before taking the reins at the historical Lulu Rousseau, ahead of establishing his own Parisian bistro, L’Assiette.
  • Thierry Drapeau – Having been awarded two Michelin Stars for his current restaurant on the historical site of the Logis de la Chabotterie in Vendée, Thierry Drapeau is known for cuisine that demonstrates an artistic flourish. Favouring herbs over spices, no doubt inspired by the countryside setting of his restaurant, Drapeau says: “I compose my dishes as if they were paintings.”
  • Didier Corlou – Having had the opportunity to travel and work internationally since a young professional age, Chef Didier Corlou soon became inspired by exotic spices and fruits of Africa, Asia and distant islands. Establishing himself in Vietnam in 1991, Corlou has not looked back since. Now boasting a total of five restaurants in Hanoi and a number of cookbooks to his name, his cuisine has become famous for marrying French ingredients with Vietnamese taste.
  • Hervé Rodriguez – Originally from Dijon and now based in Paris, Chef Rodriguez is of Spanish origin and through his curiosity to discover this heritage, he has learned to explore the cuisines of not only Spain, but around the world, paying close attention to the visuals of how a dish is created. Bold and passionate in his approach, Chef Rodriguez has worked at no less than three Michelin Starred restaurants, including his own MaSa Restaurant in Paris.
  • Patrick Jeffroy – Frequently travelling internationally to promote and showcase French cuisine, Chef Patrick Jeffroy has developed an in-depth knowledge of his native cuisine from a career working across multiple regions of France. Alongside his passion for signature French cooking, Jeffroy takes inspiration from nature and the simplicity of its purity. First awarded a Michelin Star in 1984, his second followed in 2001, which then became two Michelin Stars for his still current restaurant at L’Hotel de Carantec in Brittany.
  • Michel Portos – Hailing from Marseille, Chef Michel Portos was not originally destined for a life in the kitchen, with his father keen for him to follow in his footsteps of accountancy. However, his natural desire for cuisine won out and he began his professional journey in Bordeaux under the guidance of Michelin Star chef Michel Gautier. Time in Toulouse and Perpignan followed, where he was awarded his first Michelin Star, with his second to follow at Bouliac in Bordeaux in 2009. Michel Portos was named “Cuisinier de l’année” in 2012 by the Gault Millau and now runs two restaurants, Le Malthazar and Le Poulpe in his home city of Marseille.
  • David Charrier – Having worked in the kitchens of fellow Star Chef  Patrick Jeffroy at L’Hotel de Carantec, David Charrier has since established his own culinary identity, with a focus on seasonal dishes and ingredients. Chef Charrier was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2016 for his current restaurant Chateau Troplong Mondot’s Les Belles Perdrix in Saint Emilion.
  • Xavier Thuret – Growing up in Brie, France where his parents were dairy breeders, Xavier Thuret, was immersed in the world of cheese from a very young age and has since developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject. Passionate about cheese variety and use in cuisine, Xavier still lives in Brie today, while travelling the world to share his expertise.
  • Mike Tafe – Passionate about the finest Australian produce – from red meats to the purest herbs and spices – Mike Tafe is the Corporate Chef for Mulwarra Export, recognised as Australia’s leading supplier of premium Australian produce to five star hotel markets internationally. Having begun his career studying hospitality management, Mike Tafe went on to be awarded Australian Apprentice Chef of the Year in 1981, before a series of positions in some of the world’s top hotel kitchens led to him opening his own restaurant in Sydney before continuing to share his passion for his native cuisine through his current role as a corporate chef.

To find out more about Star Chef or to make a reservation for one of the Resort’s pool villas during this time, contact: reservations.mas@fourseasons.com.

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HOW TO USE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND TO ALLEVIATE YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE Comments Off on HOW TO USE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND TO ALLEVIATE YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE 181

Whether we believe so or not it is in our DNA to sell both ourselves and any tangible product we can regain enough influence to promote, in the outcry for both attention and reiterated self-absorption, the tactical selling tools we use to advance our way into the hierarchy of society and manufacture relationships is the very tool we must interject into our career proposition. This leads to purposeful sales and trustworthy partnerships.

It dawned on me recently that the trajectory of my personal life lies effervescent in all notion of proprietary influence, from the recommendation of small purchases such as hula hoops, books and sun cream, to more permanent life changes with influence of recommended breakfasts, vitamins and health alleviating foods. Yet minor, these personal wins got me thinking about how to use the attributes of your vocal whims to succeed in business.

Firstly consistency, the closest people to you, family, friends, partners, may see you regularly enough to see whether you are upholding any kind conscience and impactful life plan, this could be turning vegan, cutting out alcohol or changing your sleeping pattern. Showing consistency is a sure-fire way to get you noticed for your strong will and desire for meaningful change, this goes hand in hand for any career and business endeavours, constantly being active, communicative and visible on a cross platform of social media will build your authority and express a clear narrative to your readership.

Secondly, stay within your remit, I don’t mean isolate yourself and pigeonhole your talents, I mean stay clear to your niche, a continuous stream of career changes and sector interest broadcasts a message of uncertainty and disorientation, ( I certainly speak from experience on this one ) trying to find your passion and enjoyment is one of life’s downfalls, but stick with a specific talent and explore the territory around it instead of moving on to the next.

From my personal experience I started out in fashion journalism and decided some years later I hated fashion, and decided to move into PR and marketing, however realising some months down the line, I loved journalism I was just located in the wrong sector, finally now finding my feet with specific concentration on the luxury market for female pioneers. 

Distinguish yourself from the sheep, it is harder now more than ever to create and imagine something that solves a problem and fills a void, with endless pop-ups of data driven ads and access to more content than we can ever consume, finding un explored territory is nigh on impossible.

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There are thousands of consultants, marketers and PR agencies vying for the same end client, but in the race for the chase ensure your voice differs from others, usually you will find, every imaginative topic or multi-million-dollar idea you dream up has already been traversed. Hence, identifying and honing in on a unique niche will get you noticed far more frequently than choosing a conventional topic. Once your passions and talents are in line, devise strategies, marketing and sales tools that will not only directly hit your end consumer but those of a wider audience, gaining industry recognition and viable sponsors will build a loyal audience, then you just need to deliver on discussing out of the box ideas and selling with credibility and authority.

If your pipeline is drying up and sales seem a thing of the past then look into changing up your tactics, direct sales door-to door, telephone and email stratagems are so 2018, building meaningful relationships that align with company values, generating industry credibility and showing consistent and out of the box ideas will keep your buyers and audiences desiring more.

For more luxury, consulting and business related articles, visit:https://www.thecblifestyle.com/ or contact me directly at thecblifestyle@gmail.com

POSSIBLE FUTURES FOR A POST PANDEMIC TRAVEL INDUSTRY, PART 2 Comments Off on POSSIBLE FUTURES FOR A POST PANDEMIC TRAVEL INDUSTRY, PART 2 264

The first part of this series outlined the background to the disastrous set of circumstances that the travel, tourism and hospitality industry finds itself in.

It also outlined the first of four scenarios: Travel swings back to normal in 2021.

We continue with the next theory…

Scenario 2:  The end of mass tourism as we know it

In this future, the economic recovery plays out in similar fashion to the scenario described before. However, the emotional and social impact this crisis has on humanity is too deep for people to get back to the old normal.

Months of lockdown and new patterns in social distancing, bio-surveillance and our digital consumption will change travel at its core. Spending more time at home, a higher focus on hygiene and health and shunning away from crowded places will be the new normal.

These attitudinal shifts will also be reflected in policy changes in our daily life, such as health and safety regulations, data privacy and border controls. All of these trends have huge consequences on the travel industry

Urban-based crowded tourism will decrease in favor of outdoor and natural environments and long-haul destinations will be perceived as high risk compared to closer-to-home locations.

Tourist destinations will experience different fates. Countries that have traditionally been net tourist flow senders (Northern Europe, U.S., Japan, etc.) will win, while countries that enjoyed positive inbound numbers (Southern Europe, Thailand, Mauritius, etc.) will be on the losing side.

Beyond washing hands

In a rush to build confidence among travelers, hygiene protocols and labels have started being implemented across all destinations and companies from the early days of the outbreak.

Singapore was a pioneer in its announcing of a nationwide hotel audit scheme branded as the “SG Clean” label, regulating measures like temperature screening intensity at hotel entrances and disinfection frequency rates in common areas and guest rooms. 

Hong Kong quickly turned its airport into its first line of COVID-19 defense by sending all incoming travelers to the AsiaWorld-Expo upon arrival for throat saliva samples, as well as providing tracking bracelets for visitors tied to a smartphone app.

Elsewhere, Emirates has launched on-site rapid coronavirus tests that take 10 minutes for passengers landing in Dubai. The city of Madrid, badly hit by the virus, has launched its own “Hotels COVID-Free” quality stamp.

In this scenario, this patchwork of protocols and certificates all over the world generates confusion and mistrust across travelers. In a coordinated effort by governments, international tourism organizations and major industry associations, a new universally accepted health certificate label will be established in 2021 for air transport and hotel accommodation ensuring consistent standards worldwide.

In aviation, discussions around the end of the loathed middle seat on aircraft will turn into reality, food services onboard becomes a distant souvenir of another era, indicators like cabin air recirculation rates will emerge and face masks will be a part of new standard safety measures on planes.
 
Hotels will focus marketing efforts away from the beautiful pool landscape towards features like disinfection standards, touchless technology for all types of physical interactions and larger spaces between sunbeds. Hotels will switch to room-only food services, transforming breakfast and other food-related spaces into spacious lounges.

What will hurt a hotel’s balance sheet is the need to keep hotel occupancy rates low, with a health buffer of over three nights between guest stays in the same room to eradicate any risk of contaminated surfaces. 

The alternative accommodation industry will enjoy the advantage of being perceived as a less-crowded lodging option but will have a harder time building travelers’ confidence around hygiene and health standards.

Industry leader Airbnb will push hard amongst its hosts to establish a new set of cleanliness and disinfection protocols, but certain travelers will steer away from private accommodation for good.

The travel industry faces a soul-searching moment 

All these measures will have a dramatic impact on the industry economy. In a world where maximizing occupancy rates or load factor has been turned upside down, travel companies will have to take a hard look at their cost structure and their pricing strategies.

Some companies will feel the punch more than others. Low-cost carriers will be forced to rethink their business model. Their strategy of squeezing as many passengers as possible on aircraft, which in turn stay as in the air as much as possible, will become unsustainable. 

Network mega-carriers relying mostly on long-haul flights channeled through massive hubs will also face a gloomy future. Fewer long-haul trips and travelers shunning crowded places will trigger a significant downsizing of airlines with sky-high airplane orders and iconic airport projects coming to a screeching halt.

Short-haul flights, already under attack pre-coronavirus from the flight-shaming movement, will see the shift of travelers towards lower-carbon-emitting transport means like high-speed trains. 

Corporate travel apocalypse

One of the most radical transformations in societal attitude will be around business travel, fueled by virtual meeting practices adopted during the lockdown period and new corporate travel policies implemented to curb expenses during the cash crunch.

The irreversible decrease in business travel, by any measure the most profitable clients of the travel industry, will hit the balance sheets of travel companies like a sledgehammer.

The implosion of meetings and events activity during the crisis was a watershed moment for the industry. The unstoppable rise of virtual conferences and webinars during the lockdown period and the perceived danger of large crowd gatherings will transform major convention centers into indoor leisure spaces or city landmarks of a past golden era. 

The rise of a new distribution landscape 

Two types of travel intermediaries will suffer a Darwinian process of natural selection.

  1. Traditional offline travel agencies that were behind the digital curve will slowly fade into extinction in this hyper-connected world.
  2. The few travel management company survivors will be the ones rapidly adapting to a significantly smaller market and to a change in paradigm in servicing and duty of care.

On the online travel agency front, there will also be major changes in play:

  • Servicing and connecting with customers during the darkest moments of the crisis will turn out to be the most powerful loyalty program any marketer could conceive. Speedy refunds for cancelled bookings, transport and lodging rebooking alternatives for clients stranded overseas and an ongoing and candid communication strategy will win the hearts and pockets of customers.
  • Deploying bots and machine-learning algorithms, allowing for automation of back-office processes and customer service interfaces, will make the most successful players future-proof for disruption in the years ahead.
  • Many will integrate a traveler’s health data across the entire industry’s service chain, in an ecosystem where health information will become a mandatory data field for all actors.

Faced with our rapidly increasing digital life, where tech giants try to keep users locked into their ecosystem, the most successful travel players will start to integrate daily users’ services like inter-urban mobility, local entertainment booking facilities and food delivery services, in order to remain relevant in the customer’s mind.
 
This trend towards Asia-like super apps in the Western World will spark a frenzy post-crisis, with merger activity between travel tech giants and mobility and food delivery tech players, whose valuations suffered a massive downward correction during the economic deadlock due to their weak balance sheet.

* Check scenario 1 here, then 3 and 4 when they are published next week.About the author…

Mario Gavira is a tech executive, angel investor and board adviserAirlineAirportGround TransportationHotelOnline Travel AgencyPrivate AccommodationTours and ActivitiesCoronavirus