Jacques Chibois honored Lifetime Achievement by European Hotel Awards

# 2019 EHA Winners / # 2019 Individual Winners / winners-eha-2019 / 01/04/2019

Jacques Chibois, chef-restaurateur-hotelier at Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse, received the Lifetime Achievement European Hotel Awards 2019 trophy, during the prestigious European Hotel Awards ceremony held in the VIP lounges of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva in Geneva.

The members of the European Hotel Award Jury honored Mr Jacques Chibois for his entire career – European Hotel Award. During this elitist evening, eleven privileged winners received this institutional trophy, for which the permanent honorary presidency of the ceremony is provided by Mr. Guillaume Gomez, President of the Association of Chefs of the French Republic .

The opening ceremony for the European Hotel Awards 2019 was assured by Mr. Thierry Lavalley, General Manager of the Grand Hôtel Kempinski Geneva and President des Hôteliers de Genève, and by Mr Jan Zahradil, Member of the European Parliament, who came especially from Brussels for the event.

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Mr Jérôme Viaud, Mayor of Grasse, came incognito and in a personal capacity, offered a nice surprise to Jacques Chibois by presenting the Lifetime Achievement European Hotel Awards 2019 trophy. Mr. Jérôme Viaud honored all the work of image and permanent promotion brought to Grasse and the Grasse region by Jacques Chibois, while congratulating him for an exemplary career in the service of French gastronomy.

The 2019 European Hotel Awards ceremony was followed by a gala dinner, finely orchestrated by Richard Vulliet, Executive Chef of the Grand Hôtel Kempinski Geneva. On a thematic menu inspired by marine flavors, all the guests were able to appreciate the excellence and finesse of the cuvées of Champagne Collet, brought into harmony with mastery by the sommelier of the hotel.

A high-class menu, sponsored by Kevin Mamelin of Pêcherie Azuréenne, with over the dishes: As a cold starter: “Lobster carpaccio, Cavaillon asparagus, Bisque reduction, Sarrazin blinis”; As a hot starter: “Dieppe scallops, wood sorrel, Swiss chard pressed, spherified peas”; As a hot dish: “Monkfish from Roscoff, Nyons olive juice, sea razor clams, crispy thyme and lemon, mini kale, Kempinski honey, roasted beggars, caramelized onion confit” and to finish off a top-notch dessert: “All-chocolate mille-feuille with Toblerone, hazelnut financier crisps”. At the end of the dinner, Giuseppe Francia, representing the DODI company, famous for its exceptional balsamic vinegars, presented the chefs present with a bottle of “DODI Collection” balsamic vinegar. .

A perfect and delicate menu for an exceptional evening. At the end of the meal, the chef, Richard Vulliet, and his teams were given a standing ovation by all the guests and in particular by Marc Veyrat, Christophe Poard and Jacques Chibois.

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Jacques Chibois, a passion for the profession

From his childhood Jacques Chibois quickly discovered his path under the strong influence of his mother. Thus, he began an apprenticeship in a starred restaurant near his hometown: Limoges. In 1971, he undertook a tour of France which enabled him to train with the greatest chefs of the time:Jean Delaveyne, Roger Vergé, Louis Outhier, among others. His tour of France allowed him to meet Michel Guérard. He will work five years with him.

In Paris, he will be responsible for all his television programs. In military service, he will be the private cook of a 4* General and will leave the army as Marshal Chef des Logis. Subsequently, Jacques Chibois took over the management of the kitchens of the Club Regine’s in Paris, London and New York.

It was in 1981 that he became the Chef of the Gray d’Albion hotel in Cannes. Thus, he supervises not only the Royal Gray, the first two-star hotel in the city of Cannes, but also the 4 other restaurants of the establishment.

In 1996, Jacques Chibois and his wife Odette opened “La Bastide Saint Antoine”… Two successive owners, John Taylor and the great industrialist Monsieur Labbé de Pontamousson. La Bastide has hosted the Kennedy family, the Rolling Stones and the great social events of the last century.

Today, thanks to Jacques Chibois, it has been restored using ancient methods that have given it back and truly preserved the Tuscan countryside. La Bastide also offers its customers the contemporary part of the Hotel called “La Maison”. With its gourmet restaurant, La Bastide has 16 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi as well as a petanque court, a vegetable garden and terraces where you can organize Cocktails, Ceremonies, as well as many events organized by La Bastide Saint Antoine (The Truffle Market at the start of the year, theme evenings, etc.).

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