Posted 11.30.13 / Awards

Verdicchio executive chef receives special designation – Congratulations Alejandro!

Verdicchio is now officially associated with an international gastronomic association originating back to the medieval times!

Chef Alejandro Winzer was inaugurated as a professional member into the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at a ceremony in Toronto last month.

Another professional member of the group recommended Alejandro to the elite culinary association. The organization is well known to Alejandro, who has worked in kitchens around the globe.

“Being a professional or non professional member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is a excellent way to enjoy good food, wine and networking opportunities,” said Alejandro. “I am hoping that sometime next year we can organize a dinner for La Chaine here in Sudbury!”

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international association of gastronomy founded in Paris in 1950 but its origins can be traced as far back as 1248.

At that time, the French King Louis IX established several professional guilds, one of which was the Oyeurs, or goose roasters. The purpose of this guild was to improve the technical knowledge of its members whether they were apprentices or masters.

The guild became known as Confrérie des Rôtisseur and evolved over the next few centuries but dissolved during the French Revolution. The Rôtisseurs were completely forgotten until 1950, when Dr. Auguste Bécart, the well-known journalists Jean Valby and Curnonsky (elected “Prince of the Gastronomes”), and chefs Louis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin revived the association and founded the “Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs”.