La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive gastronomic society present in over 70 countries around the world, celebrated its fifth anniversary of existence in India with a champagne breakfast at the Taj West End, Bangalore, reports Ruma Singh. Bangalore, was the first city where Bailli Délégué (India head), Anja Matsyik-Kroll and Bailli Honoraire, Manfred Matsyik first decided to start the Chaîne’s Bailliage de L’Inde. Pictured are Rishad Minocher, Bailli, Bangalore bailliage, Anja Matsyik Kroll and Sanjay Sood
The very first chapter, when new members were inducted ceremoniously, was held on 12th April, 2008 at the Taj West End.
The anniversary was celebrated with an East-meets-West themed champagne breakfast, where Champagne GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut was served. GH Mumm is marketed in India by Pernod-Ricard. The breakfast, put together by Taj West End general manager, Sanjay Sood and executive chef, Sandip Narang, was a departure from the usual formal, sit-down dinners that the Chaîne is famous for around the world.
“Yes, the idea of a champagne breakfast was unusual for the Chaîne in India, but worldwide, Chaîne chapters often have a variety of events, from dinners based on Mardi Gras themes to yacht parties, and gourmet picnics and vineyard visits,” said Rishad Minocher, Bailli or head of the Bangalore bailliage. “We are looking to promote unusual themes and settings, to set the tone for an exciting next five years.”
The Sunday breakfast consisted of a huge spread of dishes, from chicken conjee, dimsum and Thai omelette to Eggs Benedict and Parsi akuri, smoked salmon and a range of charcuterie, cereals, breads and exotic fruit and cheeses. There was an eye-catching champagne cascade to start the celebrations, and the first bottle of GH Mumm was ceremoniously opened with a sabre. The atmosphere was convivial, as members, city gourmets and top brass from the city hotels and restaurants, toasted the Chaîne with flutes of champagne.
“The combination of Eastern fare with the champagne was an eye opener for those who did not know that Asian dishes could also pair well with champagne,” said Minocher. “GH Mumm was the right choice for the celebration, and the event was very well attended and appreciated by our members and their guests.”