Royal Riviera Feast
Once upon a time, Olga and I dreamt up an idea for a feast fit for our prince to celebrate his Sovereign Day on 19th November. We went in search of the French Riviera’s hottest culinary talent. We scoured the Mediterranean coastline from the backstreets of Nice to Belle-Epoque palaces, medieval castles and clifftop terraces towards the Italian border. We found seven chefs at the top of their game: some Michelin stars, others TV stars. Each chef was asked to design a dish in the red and white of the Monegasque flag.
During the course of this feature, these celebrated chefs went to unimaginable lengths to produce this feast. Some were inspired by their native cuisine, others by their commitment to ecological sustainability. Some dug into their own kitchen gardens for herbs and vegetables, others sourced fish from local artisan fishermen or sought out rare ingredients such as Lardo di Colonnata salumi from the Apuan Alps and vanilla all the way from Tahiti.
Behind the scenes, the Hello Monaco crew busied themselves with the intricate coordination of the photo shoot from palace authorizations to tableware design by Sabrina Monte-Carlo and last-minute changes of venue. After months of planning, the day of the photo shoot arrived. One chef had even brought his own TV crew to encapsulate the moment on film for his South African TV series. Their edible masterpieces went far beyond our expectations. Each dish revealed a depth of culinary passion that far outweighed their fame. In today’s world of Instagram cupcakes, I find such dedication humbling.
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Finally, a couple of lesser-known facts about me…
When I’m not travelling and writing to earn my crust, I spend time cooking for my family and friends at my olive farm in Southern France and writing poetry, to which end I am invited annually to Yale University’s literary conference.
In my twenties, I spent three years as a travel PR director. I increased account wins by 400% in six months for one agency and worked with clients such as Los Angeles Tourist Board, Air Harrods, Carnegie Club and Qantas Airways. My favourite project was volunteer work for charity Coral Cay Conservation helping them to set up a media database, train in-house staff and organize their first-ever celebrity media event. Since those days, I lecture on marketing from time to time as an adjunct university professor in Brussels.