Ørjan Johannessen Returns for 2024 Constance Festival Culinaire

Constance Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the return of esteemed chef Ørjan Johannessen to the highly anticipated 17th edition of the Constance Festival Culinaire. All the way from Norway and renowned as the 2015 Bocuse d’Or winner, Johannessen brings his culinary expertise and passion for gastronomy to this prestigious event for the ninth consecutive year.

In an exclusive interview, Johannessen shares insights into his longstanding association with the Constance Festival Culinaire and his excitement for the upcoming edition:

What inspired you to participate in Constance Festival Culinaire?
Johannessen expresses his admiration for the festival's gathering of individuals with profound gastronomic knowledge and the opportunity to immerse himself in the local culture while reconnecting with industry friends.

How would you describe your journey with Constance Hotels & Resorts since 2015?
For Johannessen, Constance Hotels & Resorts represents a hotel deeply committed to the art of food and wine, fostering a collaborative environment where passionate employees value the learning process from international chefs.

What unique culinary experiences do you hope to bring to the festival?
The chef aims to create memorable culinary experiences by blending European cuisine with local Mauritian ingredients, fostering a harmonious fusion that delights guests and collaborators alike.

Are there any specific dishes or ingredients you're excited to highlight during the festival?
Johannessen looks forward to experimenting with local Mauritian ingredients and spices, infusing his dishes with the vibrant flavors and freshness unique to the island.

How familiar are you with the local ingredients/produce?
Over the years, Johannessen has developed a deep appreciation for Mauritian ingredients, relishing the opportunity to incorporate elements such as combava and tek-tek shells into his culinary creations.

Can you share insights into your approach to creating dishes for such a diverse and international audience?
Adaptability is key for Johannessen, who tailors his dishes to suit the climate and preferences of his audience, ensuring a memorable culinary experience that resonates with guests from diverse backgrounds.

What do you hope attendees will take away from your participation in the festival?
Johannessen aims to inspire attendees with the rich food culture showcased at the festival, emphasising the spirit of camaraderie and celebration inherent in the gastronomy industry.

Describe the Constance Festival Culinaire in 3 words
Johannessen encapsulates the essence of the festival as "Fun, Culture, and Friendship," reflecting the lively atmosphere and meaningful connections fostered during the event.

Looking ahead, what are your aspirations for the future of culinary events like Constance Festival Culinaire?
The chef envisions further development of the festival in collaboration with Constance Hotels & Resorts, nurturing local culinary talent and creating unforgettable experiences for guests and staff in the years to come.

Do you have a #MyConstanceMoment?
Johannessen fondly recalls the annual gathering of participants on a Catamaran, a cherished Constance moment where chefs, wine producers, and guests come together to celebrate a week of culinary excellence with food, wine, and camaraderie.

As Ørjan Johannessen prepares to grace the Constance Festival Culinaire once again, his unwavering passion for gastronomy and dedication to creating unforgettable culinary experiences promise to make this festival even more exceptional. Join us in embracing the vibrant world of food and friendship at Constance Hotels & Resorts.

If you haven’t booked your dinner yet, please feel free to do so, we have limited tables!