We took our first trip to the glamorous principality of Monaco for the first time last November. Unfortunately, there was no time to soak up some sun by the famous Piscine and watch the mega-yachts cruise into the harbour, as it was all hands on deck to make sure things went swimmingly at the Chefs’ World Summit 2018.
Pretium was there to look after what was a new event for one of our existing clients. We were very pleased to be asked to design, deliver and manage the client’s stand, at the event, which gathers together chefs and culinary professionals from all over the world, for three days of meetings, debates and workshops.
The theme of the event was ‘The Age of the Ethical Chef’. Experts discussed many of the most important issues facing the gastronomic world. There was a series of round table discussions focusing on locally sourced produce, the environment, the ethics of eating meat, relationships between producers and chefs, future trends and much more.
These, and other key topics, are burning issues in the industry right now. The ethics of food production and consumption in an ever-changing world – one which is increasingly suffering environmental pressures – are being considered ever more closely by consumers. In turn, suppliers, producers and chefs need to stay in touch with the latest concerns to ensure that they meet consumer needs and ensure corporate responsibility.
A host of star names from the culinary world were on hand, with such luminaries as Claude Bosi, executive chef at London’s Bibendum, Nicolas Chatenier, executive officer at Les Grandes Tables du Monde in Paris, and Palais de l’Elysee chef Guillaume Gomez giving talks. Guest of honour was Indian scholar, environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate, Vandana Shiva.
While there, our very own David Sawford found himself in prestigious company when he met with Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Prince was in attendance to give the event the royal seal of approval. He was pleased to see representation from around the globe as he was keen to emphasise that Monaco is open for global business. More importantly, he was very pleased to meet David, as you can see below!