Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute faculty of hospitality and services culinary arts lecturer Phillip Nordt says he is excited to bring the Chaine des Rotisseurs to the Cook Islands.
Nordt was the president of Chaine des Rotisseurs for the South Island in New Zealand before coming to Rarotonga, and will now be the organisation’s Cook Islands president.
On Friday Night local tourism and restaurant operators were invited to a presentation by the Chaine at the Muri Beach Club Hotel.
With over 25,000 members, the Chaine is an International Association of Gastronomy now established in over 80 countries. It brings together enthusiasts who share the same values of quality, fine dining, the encouragement of the culinary arts and the ‘pleasures of the table’.
The association aims to bring together amateurs and professionals from all over the world, whether they are hoteliers, restaurateurs, executive chefs or sommeliers, in the appreciation of fine cuisine.
Most official functions in Europe and the rest of the world are held in conjunction or consultations with the Chaine des Rotisseurs, says Nordt.
Being a member of the organisation will be highly beneficial for the Cook Islands, he says.
The country now has the required minimum of 15 members to incorporate the society in the Cook Islands, and official functions are set to be held at restaurants and hotels operated by local members of the Chaine.
“There will be a wide range of functions, from gala dinners to barbecues – and no matter the function, the Chaine virtually challenges every establishment to raise their standards,” says Nordt.
The organisation will also expose the Cook Islands to international competitions for young chefs and front of house staff.
The Chaine des Rotisseurs Cook Islands committee will hold its next meeting on Wednesday at the Islander Hotel.