Relais & Châteaux: Rendez-vous in Paris

The Diamond Cuvée of Pommery champagne
The Diamond Cuvée of Pommery champagne.

It’s been a big year for 60-year-old Relais & Châteaux, and so the 2014 Rendez-vous was especially triumphant. Held in Paris on November 18, the annual meeting drew more than 500 hoteliers and chefs from all over the world to UNESCO headquarters, a symbolic setting for the announcement of a new vision. The association—which added 36 new members this year—is launching a movement to make the world a better place through a 20-point manifesto which outlines ways to support local farmers, safeguard the world’s diverse cuisines and elevate the “Art of Living” to the 10th art. Acclaimed chefs Olivier Roellinger and Anne-Sophie Pic outlined the vision, and Peruvian superstar Gastón Acurio spoke about his experience as a global ambassador for Peruvian cuisine. Luxury Travel Advisor attended the event, which included a star-studded soirée at the Palais de Tokyo, the sprawling contemporary art center near the Seine. “Taste Art” showcased the culinary talents of five Relais & Châteaux chefs, whose cooking stations were set up as mesmerizing works of art. And with champagne provided by Pommery, it was a celebratory evening, indeed.

Julien Dumas, chef from Lucas Carton, Paris; Mr. and Madame Vranken, Vranken-Monopole Pommery and Loïc Morvan, host at Lucas Carton, Paris.

Julien Dumas, chef from Lucas Carton, Paris; Mr. and Madame Vranken, Vranken-Monopole Pommery and Loïc Morvan, host at Lucas Carton, Paris.

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Madame Nathalie Vranken, Vranken-Monopole Pommery; Philippe Lalloit, ambassadeur of France to UNESCO and Philippe Gombert, chairman of the board of Relais & Châteaux.

Madame Nathalie Vranken, Vranken-Monopole Pommery; Philippe Lalloit, ambassadeur of France to UNESCO and Philippe Gombert, chairman of the board of Relais & Châteaux.

Chef Jean Sulpice, from the Restaurant Jean Sulpice in Val Thorens, during the “Taste Art” soirée at the Palais de Tokyo.

Chef Jean Sulpice, from the Restaurant Jean Sulpice in Val Thorens, during the “Taste Art” soirée at the Palais de Tokyo.

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