Taiwan Chapitre
Taipei, April 30, 2016
Gala evening themed 'Land of Butterflies'
" The dishes served during the evening were not only well prepared but also of an astonishingly innovative variety and presentation "

Our annual gala induction event was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The hotel took eight years to construct and is located on the former site of the Mandarin Crown Hotel and opened in its present incarnation about two years ago.

Bailli Délégué Paul Wyss preside over the Induction Ceremony in his capacity as a Member of the Conseil Magistral. Later, during the dinner, there was an award ceremony for winners of the Bailliage’s National Final of the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition.

More than 100 participants attended the Gala Dinner prepared under the theme of “Land of Butterflies”. Taiwan is home to a wide variety of butterflies – fortunately none of which were harmed in the preparation of the evening’s fare! There was a delightful dessert called “Papillon dorée (Golden Butterfly) but it was simply a yoghurt lime emulsion with pineapple and fresh mango.

The evening started with bite-size appetizers accompanied by a choice of blue or orange mystery aperitifs that were deceptively innocent but quickly raised the temperature in the room.

The dishes served during the evening were not only well prepared but also of an astonishingly innovative variety and presentation. Each was unveiled as an artistic creation that astounded and delighted.

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Red shrimp marinated in grape must
cherry salad, rose and Campari mayonnaise
Franciacorta Berlucci 61 Brut – Italy

Slow-boiled organic perfect egg
white asparagus textures, organic spring leaves
2013 De Stefani Chardonnay – Veneto

Lightly-smoked mackerel fillet
green apple, braised celery, radishes
2014 Gulfi Valcanzjria Bianco – Sicily

Celeriac sorbet, Tainan mushroom, black truffle caramel

Roast Yilan duck breast, foie gras sauce,
beets pickled in cranberry jus, glass potatoes
2009 Château du Plassan – Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

“Papillon dorée” (Golden Butterfly)
A yoghurt lime emulsion with pineapple and fresh mango

“Le jardin de papillon” (Butterfly Garden)
Matcha biscuit with a litchi coulis

The evening progressed at a pleasantly sedate pace with a gentle harp providing the perfect acoustic accompaniment.

Thomas Stiftl
Chargé de Missions