The newly opened Amber Room at Hotel InterContinental Dhaka was the designated venue for one of the oldest fraternities in the world to start a new chapter and induct new members in a gala night that took place on November 30. Some of Dhaka’s most prominent hoteliers, socialites and diplomats gathered under one roof for the beginning of a journey that will allow them to share their cultures, values and of course culinary passion.

An institution older than the new world

THE UNIQUE CUISINES OF BANGLADESH DESERVE TO BE RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THE CHAINES DES ROTISSEUR IS HERE TO DO EXCLAIMED KLAUS TRISTCHLER, THE DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS WHO FLEW IN TO INDUCT THE NEW MEMBERS.

The origin of the Chaîne des Rotisseur can actually be traced back all the way to the year 1248 where it was formed under Saint Louis, the king of France at that time. Initially, it was only limited to members of the noble family and it was this limitation which saw its downfall during the French Revolution for which it had to be dissolved in 1610. However, towards the tail end of the Second World War, three gastronomes and two chef’s decided to make a pact to restore culinary pride and provide a platform for people to share their passion for food. Alas, the Chaine des Rotisseur was formed in 1950 and it hasn’t looked back since. Today, it is the oldest and largest gastronomic organisations which spans over 80 countries and unites 25,000 with their common love for fine dining and culinary arts. What sets this organisation apart is the fact that they unite professionals (people who work in the food sector i.e. hoteliers, restaurateurs, chefs, sommeliers) with non-professionals from all over the world thereby creating a dynamic environment where everyone can learn from each other.

THE ORIGIN OF THE CHAÎNE DES ROTISSEUR CAN ACTUALLY BE TRACED BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE YEAR 1248 WHERE IT WAS FORMED UNDER SAINT LOUIS, THE KING OF FRANCE AT THAT TIME.

Broadening the horizon

With a burgeoning gastronomic landscape that has the perfect blend of traditional values and modern trends, Bangladesh was an ideal option for Chaines des Rotisseur to set up shop and make it their next destination.

Despite its intricacies and diversity, Bangladeshi cuisine is not very prominent internationally. The unique cuisines of Bangladesh deserve to be recognised worldwide and this is precisely what the Chaines des Rotisseur is here to do exclaimed Klaus Tristchler, the director of international communications who flew in to induct the new members. He believes that the rich aromatic flavours and variety of Bangladeshi delicacies deserve to be celebrated beyond the border. The inductees included the likes of French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuhuh, Marc Reissinger (General Manager of InterContinental Dhaka), Jerome Daviau (Executive Chef of InterContinental), Mehruz Munir (Co-founder of Zurhem), Nadia Samdani (President of Samdani Art Foundation), Constantinos S. Gavriel (General Manager of Le Meridien Dhaka) and many other. The arrival of Chaines des Rotisseur means that Bangladesh is entering a new era of culinary excellence that will provide countless opportunities for gastronomic connoisseurs to expand their knowledge and indulge in fine dining like never before.