Arlette MabardiPrestige issue 236, March 2013
Arlette Mabardi bailli Officer and Member of the Magistral Council of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Paris
Symbol of a major culture of pleasure and friendship around a good table across the world, the World Association of gastronomy or Chaîne des Rôtisseurs now has some 25,000 members in over 60 countries. Rooted for more than seven centuries in France of King Louis IX, the Chain is dedicated to the promotion of good food and the defense of the pleasures of the table, creating links of friendliness in theme trips made around the world in the company of the greatest chefs, members of the association. To further get to know the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs , we met Arlette Mabardi, Bailli Officer and Member of the Magistral Council in Paris.
© Archives Arlette MabardiThe Badge, emblem of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Can you tell us about the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs ? Chaine des Rotisseurs is a gourmet global association whose origins and headquarters are in Paris. Founded in 1248 by St.Louis, King of France, it fell into oblivion during the French Revolution, to be reborn in 1950, with Dr .Augustus Bécart, journalists Jean Valby and Curnonsky, and chefs Louis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin. Today, with more than 25,000 members, it is implemented in over 60 countries. It aims to promote good food and preserving the camaraderie across continents, and joins members from worldwide passionate about values of quality, promotion of culinary arts and pleasures of the table, in a spirit of brotherhood and friendship. Still based on the traditions and practices of the old French brotherhood, the Chaine nevertheless fits in an international and contemporary context. The great diversity and geographic presence of the chaine around the world prove that each Bailiwickis an essential part of this vast and dynamic international community. Reason why we must remain faithful ambassadors of good taste and unconditional defenders of authentic cuisine.
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Arlette Mabardi, president of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs MeYam Atallah and SS Albert of Monaco.
Countries members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
The global gastronomic society Chaîne des Rôtisseurs whose origin and headquarters are in Paris, is now present in more than sixty countries on five continents of the world. This great diversity and Global geographical presence is organized by national bailiwicks representing countries. .Thus, as examples, the chain is present in Australia, Russia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Venezuela, Europe, Asia, Japan, China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf countries, Dubai, to Uganda, Africa. Each Bailiwick forms an essential link in the international chain that promotes culinary arts in a spirit of brotherhood and friendliness.
How is it organized? Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is organized internationally by national, provincial and local bailiwicks. National Bailwicks generally represent countries, provincial bailwicks regions and local bailiwicks of cities in the country. Bailiwicks are managed by a president who is the Bailli Officer, with the assistance of counsel. The chain grows and develops through the formation of new Baillwicks. The emblem of the chain consists of different symbols. The historic shield, the Shield, which is the emblem of Rôtisseurs , is represented by two pins and four larding needles, surrounded by lilies. This is a reminder of the French royalty. It is surrounded by two chains, a small representing all professional members, and the vast representing all other fellow enthusiasts of the association . It also contains the new name of the association and the two dates of its foundation.
© Archives Arlette MabardiVenice:Enthronement at the Palais Scuola Grande di San Rocca. Beirut: Enthronment at S.T.A.Y.
© Archives Arlette MabardiInduction Ceremony.
The benefits reserved to the members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
- The membership within the brotherhood with nearly 25,000 members, where more than 70 nationalities are represented, is done on invitation. Membership card has many advantages.
- With their internationally recognized card, members are now part of an international community. They can participate throughout the year in events around the world.
- Possibility to meet people who share a common passion and interest for good food. Special welcome from the professional members of the chain in their establishments.
- Opportunity to contact members abroad announcing his arrival.
- The theme dinners and locations vary, formal events are held in restaurants, hotels, private clubs, or in the prestigious historic buildings. Professional members such as heads or managers of hotels or restaurants have the opportunity to prove their culinary talent, creativity and outstanding service to a discerning and informed public.
- Members who have a particular interest in spirits, wines, liqueurs and cocktails can join the Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs Order, who is encountering more and more success.
- The Membership is transferable worldwide when moving, and entitles you to a complimentary subscription to the magazine of the chain, access their social network and receiving e-mails.
- Seniority is recognized by the chain by delivering grades and awards.
© Archives Arlette MabardiPaolo Wicht, Chancellor of Switzerland, Dr. Makram Abi Fadel and Elie Skaff
What are the objectives of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs? In fact, the objective is threefold. The Chain aims primarily to bring together professional members as well as fans from over 60 member countries to celebrate their passion for cooking and fine wines. Then it tends to encourage and promote young chefs and sommeliers from around the world through national and international competitions it organizes, to develop their skills and expertise. Finally, it aims to provide international food assistance to those in need.
You founded the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Lebanon, tell us how…In Egypt, where I lived with my husband Edgar, I was already a member of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs. On my return to Beirut, I took the initiative of founding the Bailiwick of Lebanon in November 1994. In our first induction dinner, twenty-five members were added to the chain. Then we reached ninety-six in 2003 and recently, on July 7th, 2012, took place the last induction dinner at the restaurant S.T.A.Y. in Beirut, with a tasting menu prepared by French chef Yannick Alléno in the presence of the Chancellor of the National Bailiwick of Switzerland who came specially for the occasion.
How the induction of new members takes place? New members are inducted into the chain, during gala events dubbed “Grand Chapter.” These social and cultural events remain over three days on this occasion. At these events, members generally wear ribbons that indicate their status in the Chaîne. Ribbons also indicate if they are professionals or amateurs members. I would like to remind you that the badges are the same in all the bailiwicks of the world. During the induction, an oath of honor, brotherhood and respect for all members of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs , is given by each new member.
Interview by Mireille Bridi Bouabjian
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Monaco: Arlette Mabardi and Angela Honein of Egypt in the streets of Monaco, under the banner of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs.
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Bordeaux: Arlette Mabardi Bailli of Lebanon and Michel Cottray Bailli of France, in the garden of Château Pape Clément, in front of the cedar of Lebanon.
The 7 Commandments of tableware at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
-Never mix wine and water
-Water Must be served on the side
-Water Quenches and the wine is tasted
-It Is not advisable to leave the salt and pepper on the table
-There is no smoking at the table until coffee is served
-Mobile phones must be turned off during meals
-Speeches should not be spoken during the meal