Mauritius: Rama Krishna Rattinapoulle wins silver medal at Grand Cordon d’Or
Mauritius’ Rama Krishna Rattinapoulle was felicitated today by Education Minister Leela Devi Dookun for winning a silver medal at the international Grand Cordon d’Or contest which took place at Monaco’s Vocational and Catering School on 11 March 2015. (Image: Wazna Gunga)
The ceremony to recognize and felicitate Mauritius’ Rama Krishna Rattinapoulle, who won the silver medal at the “Grand Cordon d’Or de la Cuisine Française” 2015 Competition, was held today, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at MITD Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval.
Rama Krishna Rattinapoulle, a student of NC4 food production at MITD Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan was felicitated by Education Minister Leela Devi Dookun with a trophy presented to him in the presence of Lloyd Coombes, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco; Chairman of the MITD François de Grivel; the secretary at the Ministry of Education, Ravi Meettook and other guests.
The Grand Cordon d’Or competition took place at Monaco’s Vocational and Catering School on 11 March 2015 and was open to all culinary schools using French as medium for training where seven young aspiring chefs from Mauritius, Nice, Monaco, Marseille, Bastien, Grenoble and Lausaire competed under the supervision of Luc Gamel, one of the Best Craftsmen of France in 2000.
Incidentally, the main challenge comprised of preparing a salmon coulibiac and a dessert with beaten egg whites.
After Rama’s selection during an internal competition at the Sir Gaetan Duval Hotel School, he prepared himself for three intensive months with the help Chef Josian Troubat, trainer at MITD. This hard work and preparation helped him to secure the second position at the event, though he hopes to secure the gold medal next time.
The Mauritius Chefs Association (MCA), Sugar Beach Resorts, Margarine Industries Ltd and la Société Bheekum Ltd were the main sponsors for the event.
Leela Devi Dookun highlighted that the event has carved out a niche in Mauritius and is a good platform for those looking for career in hospitality. It also offers great opportunities for those looking for studies in the hospitality sector, with an upcoming plan of a university at Montagne Blanche which will offer courses such as Hotel Management, Tourism and Cruise Tourism.
In conclusion, if Mauritius develops potential chefs with great culinary talents, this can throw open a market for luxury tourism in Mauritius which can propel the tourism sector to greater heights.
- By Wazna Gunga