If there is any doubt that Las Vegas has become a world renowned center of epicurean delight, it can be put aside. For the first time since its inception, the General Assembly of French Master Chefs, “Maîtres Cuisiners de France,” will bring their worldwide meetings to the United States for its 59th installment on March 5-9, 2014. The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American and Canadian delegations and the U.S. Chapter of “l’Académie Culinaire De France” (ACF).
This historical, five-day event will be held at the The Venetian and The Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas. The location is not surprising being that these five-diamond resorts are home to more James Beard Award-winning chefs than any other destination in the country. The Venetian and The Palazzo Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil is also a Master Chef of France. It was through his hard work and dedication to the organization that his invitation to bring the meetings to America was accepted.
“We are so proud of the world-class chefs that call The Venetian and The Palazzo home and it’s even more special to host such a prestigious event and bring the culinary world to Las Vegas,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.
“Maîtres Cuisinier de France” (Master Chef of France) is the most envied title that chefs aspire to have but not everyone can become a “Maître Cuisinier,” said Chef Olivier Dubreuil.
“Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” are often given the highest classification in restaurant guides, and are regularly mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines. The organization’s motto is “to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine, and assist professional development.”
The Association of “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” employs nearly 10,000 qualified people and is also closely involved in the activities of the Regional Commissions for vocational diplomas and certificates granted by specialized schools. It participates actively to promote products of “top quality” such as the Red Labels and “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée” or European signs of quality, such as the IGP, AOP and STG.
During these incredible four days, the “l’Académie Culinaire de France” will also host a special dinner to elect the woman of the year and reward one of their members with the “Fauteuil de l’ Académie” for lifetime achievement.
The in-depth French experience begins on Thursday, March 6 with an invitation only Dîner de l’Amitié (Friendship) six p.m. through 10 p.m. Friday, March 7th will feature an invitation only Gala Dinner Reception, also from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Saturday March 8th, the public is invited to attend the Master Tour De France from
6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Doge’s Palace. Dine under the stars with 12 chefs, 12 wineries and spirit makers as they showcase specialties from many different regions of France. The all-inclusive ticket price is $50.
Bringing a prestigious group like Maîtres Cuisiners de France to Las Vegas and to the Venetian / Palazzo Resorts is a very big deal with the eyes of the culinary world focused right on the middle of the famed Las Vegas strip. We look forward to welcoming these talented culinary artisans and learning even more about famed French Cuisine and its origins.