Last night, Thursday the 21st of April over 80 guests attended the Residence of France to celebrate the winners of the 31st Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) National Hospitality Business Management Games, and to promote the France-Ireland Network for Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism.
The soirée also served as the ideal stage for a very special tasting of Domaine Laroche Chablis paired with a carefully selected mix of food made with high-quality French and Irish ingredients such as Guillardeau oysters and escargot de la Bourgogne. The wines served at the event thanks to Classic Drinks were: Chablis Saint Martin, Premier Cru Les Vaudevey, Premier Cru La Chantrerie, Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes and Grand Cu Les Blanchots.
These wines were also featured earlier during the day at an intimate masterclass in which the winners of the games (captained by Conor Bartley along with Shane Browne, Paul Fitzsimons, Caroline McDevitt and Katie Scanlan as well as tutors Clem Ryan and Dominic Dillane) and members of the hospitality trade and media were invited to taste under the guidance of Gregory Viennois, Chief Winemaker of Laroche Chablis, the responsible for leading the company to be voted France’s Winemaker of the Year 2015.
This event was hosted under the Good France / Goût de France scheme which each year celebrates the taste of France in over a 1,000 restaurants worldwide, and it gathered professionals from the catering and hospitality industry as well as academics and journalists.
Speaking at the evening, the French Ambassador to Ireland said: “We are delighted to host at the Residence of France the winners of the 31st IHI National Hospitality Business Management Games. Their presence tonight illustrates the importance of education and training in the culinary arts, hospitality and tourism sectors as well as the Irish young talents. As two culinary destinations, both France and Ireland share a love for gastronomy and hospitality. The innovative French-Irish Erasmus+ programme dedicated to promote exchanges between professionals of these sectors between the two countries will further boost the hospitality sector. We welcome the commitment expressed by the Irish Hospitality Institute to actively participate in this programme together with the training centre so contributing to develop new employment opportunities.”