Each day of the Monaco gastronomy fair will also bring at least one cooking demonstration from a top chef. Friday spells a demo by Ludovic Daniel, Deputy Chief of Thermes Marins, Monaco, who will show an excited audience how he makes golden scallops and hazelnut crumble. On Saturday, Maestro Chef judge Laurent Colin will cook up crispy tacos with beef and avocado, while on Sunday and Monday visitors will be treated to not one but three demonstrations per day - oenophiles shouldn’t miss the Monegasque Association of Sommeliers’ demonstration, the perfect opportunity to find out which wines you should be buying this Christmas.
If you hadn’t decided whether to go, we hope this article has made up your mind for you. Entry is just €5 or free on Friday and Saturday between 7-9 pm, or on Sunday between 12-2 pm. Yet the Monte Carlo Gastronomy Fair offers a wealth of excitement to explore! We’ll look forward to seeing you there.
What to look forward to at the Monte Carlo Gastronomy Fair?
The fair itself
Wandering around this Monaco gastronomy fair is a true feast for the senses, with over 100 producers of European artisan treats displaying delicious food and drink, ready for visitors to taste and find out more. Everything at the fair has been specially selected to delight, with a mix of authentic drinks including wines, Champagnes, Cognac, Armagnac and liqueurs, and food spanning salmon, foie gras, seafood, truffles, caviar, chocolates, sweets, cheeses, cured meats, organic products and jams. There will also be everything you need to dress your table beautifully, including unique kitchen utensils, and original gift ideas for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ friends and family members.
Maestro Chef competition
The Monte Carlo Gastronomy Fair is also where we get to crown Monaco’s best amateur chef! The quarter-finals of the competition kick off on Friday, where the eight chefs will be tasked with cooking an incredible meal, judged by a panel of professionals. Saturday sees two stages of the semi-final, while on Sunday a grand finale between the remaining two candidates brings the ultimate showdown. Judges of the grand finale will include Didier Aniès, Executive Chef at Fairmont TM; Gianluca Strobino, Deputy Chef at Hotel de Paris; Laurent Colin, Executive Chef at Meridian Beach Plaza; Jean-Philippe Gallot, winner of the 2018 Maestro Chef competition and Frédéric Ramos, Executive Chef at Novotel Monaco.
The recipes for the meals will only be revealed to the competitors on the day, and each candidate will be given a basket of fresh produce and a limited time to cook up a storm.