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Germany Grand Chapitre

Munich, May 1-5, 2013

Germany’s 82nd Grand Chapitre was sold out almost immediately as a result of the magnetism of Munich.

Situated in the south of Bavaria, Munich is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture and of course the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Munich's cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank those in Berlin.

The city's current motto is "München mag dich" (Munich likes you). Most Munich residents enjoy a high quality of life. Poet Eugen Roth, who was born in the city, humorously wrote once ‘by living in Munich one is already spared half of the severity of life!’ Others have observed that Munich is not a city but a village of a million people, or that it is ‘Italy's northernmost city’.

In view of this Italian connection, we were delighted that Roberto Zanghi, Member of the Conseil Magistral from Italy, had been appointed to preside over the Induction Ceremony. He had a lot to do as there were 212 members to be inducted or promoted!

With its history, culture, dining opportunities and modern attractions, there was a comprehensive programme of events. Included in them was the 2013 National Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition. (Editor’s note: see separate report)

The highlight of any Grand Chapitre is normally the Gala Dinner. Ours in Munich was a wonderful occasion. Held at the spectacular ‘BMW Welt’ museum, guests from around the world were included in the 520 who sat down to enjoy the superb menu. One that was cooked and served to perfection by the respective brigades.

Given that the Grand Chapitre was being held in his local Bailliage, Klaus-Wilhelm Gérard, Member of the Conseil Magistral and Bailli of Haute-Bavière, decided to bow out on a high and announced that he was stepping down as Bailli after 26 years at the helm. He is succeeded by Martin Kolonko.

Klaus Tritschler, Bailli Délégué