Thursday, 10 February 2011 23:44
Author: Jeff Daniels
From legal career to Pastry Chef
"Today I am a lawyer, and I will be tomorrow, but after tomorrow I do not know," said Claire Verneil, a member of the Council of the Bar of Nice after coming in fourth in a TV Masterchef competition in November 2011. 'After tomorrow is today,' because Claire has joined the Fairmont Monte Carlo as Pastry Chef, alongside Philippe Joannes, Executive Chef…
"I did not opt for the kitchen as a teenager, I was also attracted by a life of letters and languages. But in parallel with my professional life, I have always collected cookery books and attended culinary salons all, she said. Claire added that she could not say 'no' when the opportunity came along to be the pastry chef at the Fairmont under Philippe Joannes. She said that the change of careers was "revolutionary" for her at, a change at all levels.
Philippe Joannes, Executive Chef, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France and a cook for 40 years, said: "The first thing when you want to be a cook, it's passion. But not only… Today senior positions in large hotels like the Fairmont Monte Carlo also require rigor in execution, and there are also many different procedures to be followed, in terms of hygiene, management teams and costs. Claire has all these qualities. She is surrounded by a team of professionals who are eager to evolve.
In recent years autodidacts have stood out in the kitchen, but now the culinary world is changing for the good of all. I've always been interested in training and those who want to learn. I always loved to transmit, try to change people, to break their habits. Claire is integrated in a team with its own weapons, a winning team is made up of complementary skills… For me, the mix of skills, curiosity and courage are the necessary ingredients for a successful team, the team I now have around me."
PHOTO: Claire Verneil, Pastry Chef at the Fairmont Monte Carlo
The Venice Commission seems to have life in it yet, according to an interview in today's Monaco Matin. Although the Commission - appointed by the Council of Europe - has recognized the unique nature of Monaco's Constitution and division of powers, several members are unhappy with the power of the Prince and want to pursue the issue. Chief among these is Professor Jean-Claude Scholsem, who happens to be Belgian by nationality. To say this is ironic is a great understatement. Belgium is an artificial country designed by other powers, and to this day is virtually ungovernable thanks to ethnic and language divisions.
Apart from the European Commission, Brussels is home to no less than three parliaments. How truly democratic it is is open to question. But then perhaps democracy is not at issue. In the meantime, Monaco has a much longer history than Belgium and its inhabitants appear to be much happier with its institutions. Surely it's time for Brussels and Belgians like Professor Scholsem to contemplate their navels and leave Monaco alone.
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Friday, 14 June 2013 13:26
Author: Celina Lafuente de Lavotha
It is already June but the air is still unseasonably cold, so I decided to meet Vasily Klyukin in the lobby bar of the Metropole Hotel in Monte-Carlo for an interview. His claim to fame is as the first Monaco resident to sign up for a Virgin Galactic trip into space with the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio, when he made the highest bid of € 1.2 million at the recent amfAR auction during the Cannes Film Festival.
Vasily was born in Moscow in the late seventies. His father, a writer and history professor, had moved there with his wife to work in the University. He is married to Anna Vishnevskaya, an ex TV-presenter with whom he has a young son. He also has two other children from a previous marriage living in Cannes. Vasily pursued his studies in finance and as a true entrepreneur started his own company with a few of his schoolmates. They even managed to buy a small regional Bank and developed it to become one of the top hundred, that they later sold partly to a large Dutch-Israeli conglomerate. Being a banker enabled him to borrow money to invest in personal projects mainly in real estate reconstruction and development. He moved to France in 2012 and in March of 2013 he became a Monaco resident while keeping secondary properties in both France and Russia.
A man of diverse interests he counts architectural design and modern art as his passions and he recently bought a building on the Rue de Portier in the Principality that he plans to redesign. He is also working on an architectural book specializing in avant-garde exterior design to be published this summer. Among his favourite sports he cites football and poker. He constantly craves for extreme adventure and recently visited the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Vasily enjoys ice driving and bobsledding, has explored the deep caves in Belize, gone on helicopter tours in Salto Angel, made jungle trips and more. So it is only fitting that he will now go into space, the next frontier...
Went to the airport to meet a fellow-journalist who has read a book from every country in the world. She was going to talk about it to 40 people at the Foreign Residents' Club. I was very much looking forward to meeting Ann Morgan, and so were our guests. After five hours the excitement started to wear off, which was hardly Ann's fault. She called to say she was able to work quite well on the aircraft parked somewhere on the tarmac at Gatwick. At least I could walk around, and I have to say that I find Nice Airport's Terminal 2 quite a pleasant place to spend half an hour. The pleasure was wearing thin after five. Then I received instructions to give up the hopeless wait - the French ATC boys had won the day and the event would be cancelled.
I was very relieved to get back to Beausoleil, my family and terrarse and was relaxing with a glass of wine when the doorbell rang. This is never a good sign. Our charming neighbour - also a reader - had not come to ask us, again, to take off our high heels, a request he always makes in a very pleasant manner, but to tell me that the local police were inspecting my voiture. It's an English-registered model. I went down. "Ah monsieur, you have not moved your car for a long time." Ten days. "Ah, but monsieur, you must move it after seven days." Nowhere is this written so I asked about the small black beetle of a car that hasn't moved for three months. "It will be taken away by the ironmonger." Aha. "And so will yours, if monsieur doesn't move it."
I thought I might tell him I had had a very bad day at the airport, but thought better of it. Instead I asked him about the youths who throw bottles off the 10-storey high balcony, and who will no doubt kill someone in the very near future. He wasn't very interested, because there is no money for the bankrupt French state in actual hands-on policing. But by leaving my car in one place for too long I will now be able to make a contribution of 35 euros to help out, the size of the fine attached to my windscreen.
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Daniele de Winter has lived in the Principality for more than 10 years and has her own range of beauty products. She is a best-selling author - Eat Yourself Beautiful - and recently teamed up with the Fairmont Monte Carlo by designing her super-healthy Joie de Vivre Lunch. Readers have the opportunity of trying the Lunch and hearing from Daniele on the topic: 'Insideout Fabulous: LOVE the skin you're in,' on Wednesday, June 12, at the Fairmont Monte Carlo.
1. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Monaco?
Glamour, great parties and comfort: even though I have lived here for over ten years I still feel so very privileged to be a part of it all.
2. What is your favourite part of the Principality and why?
Larvotto beach: because I feel I'm on summer holiday 9 months of the year ;)
3. Where will we most likely see you having your morning coffee?
Constantine, Gerhards or Casa di Gelato – I love all three, everyone is incredibly friendly and as I live in Fontvieille I literally just fall out of bed…
4. What place you would recommend for a good lunch?
The Fairmont Horizon of course (must be trick question..) You can try the DANIELE de WINTER "joie de vivre" menu, which über-chef Philippe Joannes of the Fairmont perfected with me: it keeps you zinging with positive, happy energy all afternoon (ok ok, enough of the marketing… :) )
5. What was/is your favourite cultural event in Monaco and why?
The Radio NRG open air concert on port Hercule a couple of years ago. The atmosphere was amazing, the music brilliant and the fact that we have such cool, free events in Monaco as well as the wonderful balls and Sporting shows is one of the things I love most about Monaco.
6. Where would you like to be invited for dinner?
La Vigie in July: the location is so gorgeous, I feel as though I am on a teak deck in Bali - and chef Paolo Sari's food is wonderful!
7. How is the Principality changing in your eyes?
It is becoming younger and more commercial
8. What would you like to see changed?
I wish that every single new building, without exception would confirm to the highest architectural standards of beauty and mediterranean elegance. No concrete bunkers please, not in Monaco!
9. Who is the biggest star (personality) a person you admire the most - did anybody like that cross your path in Monaco?
I have to say Prince Albert (even though he's been mentioned before). He combines being a ruler with a wonderful informality and kindness that helps everyone who lives here to feel "at home". When I first launched DANIELE de WINTER Monaco he made the effort to come to every party we organised – and as you know, when 'He' is there, everyone else wants to be there too.
10. Is Monaco your home for the rest of time?
For a good part of each year I hope yes, definitely!
PHOTO: Daniele with Pastry Chef Claire Verneil and Head Chef Philippe Johannes
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I write to complain about the quality of English in today’s edition of Monaco Today (May 27). Could you help your readers understand the meaning of “a friend’s terrarse” in Jeff Daniel’s piece entitled “Just give me a fag”? This sounds like a very interesting place to watch the Grand Prix from. Similarly, could we have a verb in the headline “Everyone a winner”?
Having described certain billboards in your paper with phrase “The English is a little suspect” (23 May), I suspect these advertisers may have taken a position in your editorial department.
PS: This aside, keep up the great work. I enjoy reading your articles.
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:59
Monday, 20 May 2013 5:59
Author: Martina Brodie
TRIED & TESTED
Castleroc... It could be voted as the restaurant with the most romantic little terrace on the Rock, having the Palace on one side and the beautiful sea view on the other. Especially now, at the beginning of the summer season, when Castleroc opens for fine dining in the evenings a well as for lunches.
Yes, candlelit dinner on the Rock with your loved one could be quite sensational there… But so can lunch. Especially when the person who invited you is dressed as if she has just come from a photo-shoot with Elle, Cote d'Azur edition, and who moves around with the confidence and pride of someone who is a part of this family business, knows just about everybody in town, as a Monaco socialite would, and leads the conversation with ease and such an intelligent interest in her guest, you may wonder if she has something to do with Psychology. Now, I promised no names. But did I give you enough clues?
It has been exactly 60 years this year since the Castleroc restaurant on the Rock opened its doors to diners for the first time. Always in the hands of one of the oldest families in Monaco, the family Bonafede, the restaurant prides itself in offering truly Monagasque traditional food. Well, nobody loves Barbagiuans more than me.
Since February this year the Castleroc has been operating fully under the supervision of Philipe and Marc Bonafede, brothers of the latest generation. In this romantic set-up they might appear as knights in armour ready to guide you through the mouth-watering menu and recommend their specialities of the day.
If you love fish, this is the place to eat. The restaurant has its own "Fisherman Corner" with fresh fish (seabream, sea bass, John Dory, turbot and sole) picked up from the fishermen early in the morning - the price depends on the morning market and may slightly vary. The fish of your choice is then baked on the grill in a rock salt a la Riviera style… But I highly recommend the stockfish, the restaurant's speciality and Monaco national plate. It takes four days to prepare and is available only on Fridays and Sundays.
There is a selection of meat dishes on the menu, like veal, lamb, beef prepared "on the grill" with fresh herbs, but before you wonder about the main meal, tease your palate with a starter. This is a must. Either warm, my choice, as the selection of Monegasque appetizers that include their own signature Barbagiuans - truly divine, or cold, my hostess's choice, artichokes and crab salad in orange sauce, also divine. As the second course, we both agreed on steamed cabillot fish in green tea emulsion and sauce with red wild rice on a bed of vegetables.
Accompanied by my favourite white wine, this lunch in the breeze from the Mediterranean, next to the Palace high on the Rock makes one want to share the experience. An idea where to take your visitors but also a great place for any family celebration, like weddings. Yes, the pictures would look stunning.
The Grand Prix starts Castleroc's evening openings, so a romantic or family-friendly ambience, either on the terrace or inside space, with beautifully-laid round tables, is now available for lunch or dinner. I opted for cafe gourmand for dessert with a selection of three mini options of sweet creations from the menu. Next time I may just go for their citrus tiramisu. Hard to forget that one…
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Nice may not be as bad as Marseille for street crime, but recent figures show an alarming increase in thefts and muggings, up 20 percent on last year. The authorities are unable to cope with it, and the danger for the regional economy is that the bad news will filter back to Britain and other countries and the tourists will stay away, further damaging the trade on which so many people depend for a living along the Riviera. Then, according to conventional wisdom, street crime will increase again. There is a very real danger that matters will spiral out of control. In the meanwhile, it is not a good idea to walk the streets of Nice at night, and even in the day it's a bit of a gamble.
Very little help in this matter can be expected from Paris, where the most unpopular President for very many decades is concentrating his efforts on pushing a policy of social inclusion for homosexuals and easier abortion, with the Malian adventure thrown in to show he's serious, at least about something. This week Hollande made a couple of token attempts to improve the economy by revealing plans to attract more foreign investment as the country struggles with the threat of recession and joblessness of over 10 percent. He said a new "entrepreneur visa" would be created for foreigners seeking to set up an innovative business in France, if they were prepared to invest a "sufficient amount” of money, reported France24. Hollande also announced a long-anticipated reform of the capital gains tax — on the sale of company stakes or entire firms — which the government had wanted to raise as part of plans to reduce the public deficit before backtracking on the proposal last year following a revolt by entrepreneurs. He said that business owners would now qualify for an up to 85 percent exemption if they held the stake for at least eight years. Smaller rebates would be offered for shorter periods.
All this is fiddling while Paris burns, as well it might this summer, thanks to the 'disaffected' and unemployable youth of the suburbs. The problem of this administration is that it is pseudo-Communist. No-one can do anything, as an entrepreneur, without the permission of the state, and the state takes taxes and other impositions upfront, before the would-be businessman or woman has made a euro-centime. That is not going to change, unfortunately, and until one day it does France will continue to decline. This is very sad for a country that remains so wonderful in so many important ways.
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“The integrity of an artist is key to the value of his or her work” - Mary McGuckian
Meet filmmaker Mary McGuckian from Northern Ireland and learn about her current production 'The Price of Desire.'
By Celina Lafuente de Lavotha, freelance journalist & photographer (Monte-Carlo, Monaco)
It is mid April and the air is finally getting warmer, we are in the villa of Eileen Gray E1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin with filmmaker Mary McGuckian for an exclusive interview. Mary McGuckian was born and brought up during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Bizarrely she studied engineering at Trinity College in Dublin but spent more time with the university Players, graduated as an engineer and then headed to drama school. Mary says life seems to have come full circle now that her engineering background is on call for the first time as she sets out to make a movie about Ireland’s most famous architect...
La Maison D’Ecosse in partnership with the Monaco Wales Association has commissioned a limited edition blended Scotch whisky of 120 bottles, all individually numbered. This whisky has been selected by Charles MacLean to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the British Lions Rugby team. Proceeds are in aid of the Princesse Charlene Foundation for Children in Sport. Bottle No 1 was presented to HSH Prince Albert an a further 17 to VIPs. The remaining 102 bottles are now available, at €125.00 per bottle (free delivery or collection in Monaco)...