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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE > May 2009
 

The growing gastronomic reign of La Chaine des Rotisseurs

The growing gastronomic reign of La Chaine des Rotisseurs

The growing gastronomic reign of La Chaine des Rotisseurs

The growing gastronomic reign of La Chaine des Rotisseurs

The growing gastronomic reign of La Chaine des Rotisseurs

By Courtney Donovan Smith Translated by Ann Lee

Everyone enjoys a good meal, but for some it is an art and a passion. For these people, every course presented during a meal impresses on each of the faculties to create an evolving sensual experience that, at its best, can engage the mind and body and elevate the spirit. Some are experts, with an elaborate vocabulary capable of describing tastes and their interactions with precision. Others lack the vocabulary, but enjoy the experience with no less ardour. An alert palate detects and appreciates quality, professionally trained or not. La Chaine des Rotisseurs is a world-wide association of over 25,000 just such people, a mix of professionals in the industry and non-professionals with a passion. It started life as a guild in France in 1248 and continued expanding until it was forcibly disbanded during the French Revolution in 1793. It was revived in Paris in 1950, and the current coat of arms includes the original granted by the king in 1610 with the addition of two circles of chains representing professional and non-professional members and the bonds that unite them. Since then it has expanded to over 70 countries. Taiwan's "bailliage" was founded in 1977.

With the history and pageantry associated with this organization (including a knighting-like member induction ceremony), one might assume the focus is on Westerners and Western cuisines and wines--but that is far from the truth. Quality is most prized, and Chaine has an admirable record in promoting young chefs, fine dining and inter-cultural growth and knowledge. Among other activities, Chaine has competitions and awards for aspiring young chefs and sponsors a regular feature in this magazine on quality recipies from some of the best restaurants Taiwan has to offer--all in the spirit of promoting quality dining, regardless of whether the cuisine is French, Taiwanese, Italian or Cantonese.

Chaine dinners are simply amazing. Each host, always a top quality venue, pulls out all the stops to get every detail just right. Nothing is left to chance, from the stunning themed decorations to the music--and, of course, the exquisite pairing of the wines with the food. These dinners feature the city's top chefs preparing the very best for their peers and most passionate customers--and the first experience is one you will never forget. Each table features an interesting and convivial mix of conversationalists flowing easily between Chinese and English, with the occasional dash of French and other languages. Details on upcoming dinners and membership: www.chaine.tw.

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