Constance Culinary Festival - 15th edition

Mauritius is rightly famous for its beaches of white sand, but the island is also renowned for its fine dining heritage, which includes the Constance Culinary Festival. Since 2006, chefs and pastry chefs from all over the world have met annually at Constance Belle Mare Plage to cook alongside the chefs of Constance Hotels & Resorts and share their passion for the art of cooking.

As in previous years, the program includes a series of contests and events, but the Constance Culinary Festival is primarily about friendship, sharing and meetings between passionate professionals united by, and for, their love of fine dining and pastry.

An unmissable, culinary event to be attended at least once in your life

For this special 15th edition, six winners from previous festivals – all with Michelin stars – will travel from all over Europe to participate in the event from Saturday 21 to Saturday 28, March.
Wahabi Nouri, winner in 2007 and Chef at Le Piment Rouge (Germany), Sascha Kemmerer, winner in 2019 and chef at Kilian Stuba (Austria), Luc Mobihan, winner in 2013 and Chef at Le Saint Placide (France), Serge Vieira, winner in 2011 and Chef at Serge Vieira (France), William Ledeuil, winner in 2017 and Chef at Ze Kitchen Galerie (France) and Michael Reis, winner in 2018 and Chef at Johanns (Germany). 

All six will cook alongside six other chefs from Constance hotels and resorts in Mauritius, the Maldives and Seychelles, namely the ‘Constance Chefs’.

An opportunity for each of them to showcase their respective expertise and passion and to highlight the local fine dining.

The competition jury members will be among others; Dominique Loiseau (Chair), Patrick Bertron (chef at the 2-star Relais Bernard Loiseau restaurant) and Andreas Larsson (voted Best Sommelier of the World in 2007).

Patrick Bertron

Alongside the culinary competition, the Pierre Hermé Trophy will also be the focus of the festival. 

Over the years, the Pierre Hermé Trophy has become just as important as the culinary competition and shares the same concept with competitors working in pairs: a European chef with a Constance hotel chef. The level of quality seems to reach a new level every year as the desserts become more and more innovative.   

This year, the six French chefs selected by Pierre Hermé and Frédéric Cassel to celebrate pastry in all its splendour are Eric Vergne, Pascal Lac, Sébastien Bouillet, Vincent Guerlais, Jérôme de Oliveira and Thierry Bridron. They will work alongside pastry chefs from Constance properties to share their expertise, passion and love for food. Each will be a source of inspiration for the other to ensure that everyone receives the total sensory experience.

The jury members are pastry chefs Pierre Hermé (one of the great masters of sophisticated French pâtisserie), Frédéric Cassel (President of the prestigious Association Relais Desserts), and Mercotte (TV presenter and food blogger).

These two main contests highlight the new concept of the event, now called, the Constance Culinary Festival.
Throughout the week, a total of 7 competitions will be held alongside tastings, masterclasses and several exceptional dinners at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Prince Maurice. 
The winners of the different competitions will then be announced at the awards ceremony.

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More destinations recognised by the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp

London, UK: Holiday hotspot Egypt, is the latest in a line of popular destinations around the world to sign up to the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The growing list of endorsements have come from many major holiday and city destinations around the world such as Aruba, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Vienna, among many others.

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, designed the special Safe Travels stamp to enable travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which adopted its health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers and holidaymakers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) embraced the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which have the safety and hygiene of travellers as its top priority.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “We are delighted to see major countries and destinations such as Egypt and Slovenia joining the growing list of global destinations adopting our private sector protocols.

“This not only shows the success of the WTTC Safe Travel stamp, but also demonstrates its importance to travellers and those who work in the sector.

“The stamp is critical to re-establish consumer confidence in Travel & Tourism and ensure travellers can rest assured that enhanced standards of hygiene are in place.page1image3377445584

“As WTTC health and hygiene protocols, affecting hotels, restaurants, airports, cruise lines, tour operators, restaurants, outdoor shopping, and transportation are implemented, so the list of destinations recognising the new stamp continues to grow.

“We thank these destination countries and cities for working with WTTC to ensure a speedy recovery of the sector. We look forward to welcoming many more destinations as countries around the world begin to lift travel restrictions which will see people travelling again.”

Since the launch of the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, destination countries, cities and hotspots around the world such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Mauritius, Panama, Portugal, and the Mexican State of Jalisco, have now adopted WTTC’s new protocols.

Dr Khaled El-Enany, Egypt Minister of Tourism and Antiquities said:

“I am pleased with the decision issued today by the WTTC to grant Egypt its Safe Travels stamp. This is a milestone in our bilateral cooperation with WTTC. This decision reflects Egypt’s commitment to the safe resumption of inbound tourism with strict comprehensive hygiene safety measures starting July 1, 2020, to its superb, sunny and healthy beaches.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Egypt’s resorts in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Coast.”

Iván Eskildsen, Panama Minister of Tourism, said:

Ivan LiptugaPresident, National Tourism Organization of Ukraine said:

“We commend WTTC for the strong initiative to design Safe Travels protocols for every link in the tourism value chain. One of NTO Ukraine’s core activities is quality management and the implementation of international standards in the sustainable development of tourism in Ukrainian destinations.

“The implementation of WTTC protocols and the distribution of a Safe Travel Stamp is vital for strengthening health and safety standards and also a great marketing tool which strengthens confidence and differentiates socially responsible businesses from others.”

Msc. Maja PakDirector General of the Slovenian Tourist Board said:

“The Slovenian Tourist Board is proud that Slovenia is one of the first countries in the world with recognised Safe Travels Protocols approved by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Our instant reaction will help the tourism recover as soon as possible, and our common efforts with all the stakeholders have resulted in the GREEN & SAFE label, which represents Slovenia’s commitment to responsible, green, and safe tourism.”

WTTC recently launched a range of worldwide measures as part of its Safe Travels protocols, providing consistency and guidance to travel providers and travellers about the new approach to health, hygiene, deep cleansing and physical distancing, in the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19 world.

The protocols were devised following the experience of WTTC members dealing with COVID19 and based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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factor for the reactivation of our industry and our economy.page2image3452885232

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have developed with our Ministry of Health with WTTC standards, so that travellers canpage2image3452900464

have a safe journey through our country.”page2image3452904656

According to WTTC’s 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.

For full details about “Safe Travels”, please visit wttc.org
For further information please contact the WTTC press office at 
[email protected]

Editor’s Notes:

WTTC has created nine overarching principles & objectives for the Travel & Tourism Sector in the post-lockdown and recovery stage:

  1. Have the sector lead the definition of industry regulation as Travel & Tourism moves from crisis management to recovery
  2. Put the safety, health and security of travellers and the Travel & Tourism workforce at the core of the development of global standards
  3. Ensure coherence in the approach and development of new global standards through a coordinated, collaborative, and transparent approach within the Travel & Tourism sector
  4. Share harmonised and consistent standards and guidelines across destinations and countries.
  5. Collaborate with key actors across the Travel & Tourism supply and value chain to ensure readiness to restartoperations
  6. Ensure standards and guidelines implemented are aligned with governmental and public health requirementsand supported by medical evidence.
  7. Rebuild trust and confidence with travellers through effective communication & marketing; letting them knowthe protocols and guidelines implemented and assurances available to keep them safe.
  8. Relax and lift travel restrictions once the public health threat has been contained.
  9. Advocate for the implementation of enabling policies from financial relief to visa facilitation and incentives todestination promotion to support the recovery and demand re-generation for the sector.



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