The Chaine des Rotisseurs, an International Gastronomic Society founded in Paris in 1950, traces its origins back to 1248 and the reign of King Louis IX (later canonised as Saint Louis), who wished to thank the trades which had contributed to the construction of Sainte Chapelle. In recognition of the tradesmen, King Louis IX ordered the establishment of several professional guilds, including that of the ‘Oyeurs’, or goose roasters. The vocation of this guild was to improve the technical knowledge of its members that included apprentices,
A NOBLE DESTINY
The Chaine des Rotisseurs, an International Gastronomic Society founded in Paris in 1950, traces its origins back to 1248 and the reign of King Louis IX (later canonised as Saint Louis), who wished to thank the trades which had contributed to the construction of Sainte Chapelle. In recognition of the tradesmen, King Louis IX ordered the establishment of several professional guilds, including that of the ‘Oyeurs’, or goose roasters. The vocation of this guild was to improve the technical knowledge of its members that included apprentices, tradesmen and masters. Over the decades its activities and privileges were expanded. By 1509, during the reign of Louis XII, the guild’s knowledge had extended to include the preparation of meats and poultry other than goose, including game, and took the name ‘Rotisseurs’ (roasters). In 1610, under the reign of Louis XIII, the Rotisseurs’ guild was granted a Royal Charter and a coat of arms.
RENAISSANCE OF THE CONFRERIE DES ROTISSEURS
For more than four centuries the Confrerie des Rotisseurs cultivated and developed the culinary arts, meeting all the requirements of professionalism and quality demanded by the ‘Royal Table’. In 1793 however, the guild system was dissolved during the French Revolution. The Rotisseurs were completely forgotten until 1950, when Dr Auguste Becart along with the well know journalists, Jean Valby and Curnonsky (elected Prince of Gastronomes), and chefs Louis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin, revived the association and founded the ‘Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs’.
The Chaine des Rotisseurs today is a truly international gastronomic association, dedicated to honoring and preserving the traditions and practices of the old French guild in a completely contemporary and international context. The goal of the Chaine is to bring professional and non-professional members in over 70 member countries together to celebrate their passion for fine cuisine and wines and to aid and encourage the development of young chefs, and sommeliers worldwide. The Chaine does this, through its national and international competitions as well as providing international food support and aid to those in need. Through such support and activities, the Chaine is unceasingly perpetuating its heritage, its philosophy and its charity and assistance to others.
Membership in the Chaine des Rotisseurs is by invitation. Members belong to a truly international community, where they can participate in exciting events organised in different countries worldwide and have opportunities to meet people with a mutual interest and passion for good food, conviviality and fellowship. While activities vary from country to country, all Bailliages offer fine dining events in some of the best local restaurants and hotels as well as less formal venues. With such an extensive international network and presence, members are always welcome at any other member’s establishment or dinner anywhere in the world. This truly unique concept is what differentiates the Chaine des Rotisseurs from any other gastronomic associations.
The fine dining offered at a Chaine des Rotisseurs table, together with the wonderful camaraderie, is an experience well worth enjoying.
Please contact the Membership Co-ordinator by going to the website www.chaine-bali.org and find out more about this exciting gastronomic group. Your taste buds will thank you!!
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