Celebrating the Victors of Constance Festival Culinaire 2024

In the heart of Mauritius, where azure waters meet golden sands, a gustatory celebration unfolded, captivating palates and hearts alike. The 17th edition of Constance Festival Culinaire, hosted by Constance Hotels & Resorts, transcended expectations, offering a culinary odyssey like no other. From March 8th to 16th, 2024, connoisseurs and epicureans from around the globe gathered for a week-long extravaganza, immersing themselves in the flavours, aromas, and artistry that define the essence of gastronomy.

Under the patronage of the esteemed Régis Marcon, a luminary in the culinary world boasting three Michelin stars and four decades of expertise at Maison Marcon in Saint-Bonnet-Le-Froid, this edition embarked on a journey of innovation and tradition. Joined by the illustrious Pierre Hermé and Mercotte, renowned for their mastery in the realm of desserts, the festival promised an unparalleled feast for the senses.

As the sun set on the final day, amidst the clinking of glasses and the lingering fragrance of spices, it was time to honour those who had elevated the culinary landscape with their skill, creativity, and passion. Amongst the prestigious accolades, several stood out as beacons of excellence, showcasing the pinnacle of gastronomic artistry.

Deutz Trophy Competition: A test of precision and finesse, where culinary virtuosos vied for mastery in the realms of taste and presentation. With dishes that transcended mere sustenance to become culinary symphonies, the competition was fierce. Yet, it was the amazing artistry of MAURIZIO OSTER from 1* Zeik Restaurant, Hamburg Germany that captured the judges' hearts, earning him the coveted Deutz Trophy.

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Régis Marcon Trophy: Named in honour of the festival's esteemed patron, this trophy symbolises innovation, tradition, and a relentless pursuit of culinary perfection. With creations that paid homage to the rich tapestry of Mauritian cuisine while pushing the boundaries of gastronomic exploration, THOMAS SJÖGREN & NIRAJ BISNAUTHSING from Constance Prince Maurice emerged triumphant; earning the admiration of both judges and peers alike.

MAURIZIO OSTER & KEESHAN SHIBCHURN from Constance Belle Mare Plage won the second place.

ROBERT CHAMBERS & ROHIT NIRANJAN from Constance Lemuria Seychelles came in third.

Pierre Hermé Trophy: A celebration of sweetness and indulgence, where desserts transcend the realm of mere confectionery to become works of art. From delicate pastries to decadent delights, the competitors showcased their mastery of flavour, texture, and technique. In the end, it was MARC DUCOBU & RAVINDU ULUWADUGE from Constance Moofushi Maldives whose creation stood out as a true masterpiece, earning them the prestigious Pierre Hermé Trophy.

Second prize for Pierre Hermé – Valrhona Trophy was LOK HIN YAM & PRADEEV SENTHIL from Constance Halaveli Maldives.

Third prize for JEAN MICHEL PERRUCHON & DEVI PRASAD KORI from Constance Lemuria Seychelles.

And the Winner of the best 'Pièce montée' is LOK HIN YAM.

Jars Arts of the Table Trophy: Beyond taste, beyond aroma, lies the art of presentation. With an eye for detail and a flair for creativity, ANDREW JOSEPH from Constance Prince Maurice transformed the dining experience into a visual symphony, earning accolades for their mastery of the culinary canvas.

Constance Café Gourmand: A celebration of simplicity and sophistication, where coffee meets confectionery in perfect harmony. In a showcase of finesse and flavour, CARINNE BIENVENUE from Constance Prince Maurice captured the essence of indulgence, earning the admiration of coffee aficionados and dessert enthusiasts alike.

Gateau Piment & Gateau Patate Competition: A tribute to Mauritian culinary heritage, where humble ingredients become culinary treasures. With recipes passed down through generations, ASHNA HEERAH BUNDHOO ( for gateau piment)  and SOOBRATTEE RAZIA (for gateau patate) brought the flavours of Mauritius to life, earning recognition for their dedication to preserving tradition while embracing innovation.

As the curtain falls on yet another unforgettable edition of Constance Festival Culinaire, we bid adieu to a week filled with culinary delights, cultural exchange, and moments of pure gastronomic bliss. Yet, as we look towards the future, we are filled with anticipation, knowing that the magic of this festival will continue to inspire, delight, and tantalise for years to come.

Until we meet again next year, may the flavours of Mauritius linger on our palates and the spirit of culinary excellence guide our journey. Cheers to another delicious edition!