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Christian Garcia, chef for Prince Albert of Monaco (video)

Christian Garcia, chef for Prince Albert of Monaco (video)

Emmanuel Tresmontant - 2011-06-28

A few weeks before the much anticipated royal wedding which is to take place in Monaco in early July, we went to film the palace’s chef, Christian Garcia.

Sworn to Secrecy
 
Christian Garcia, 47, has been the chef at the Royal Palace of Monaco since 2005. Sworn to absolute secrecy,  he can reveal nothing about the great banquet to be given on 2nd July for the 500 guests who will attend the wedding of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and South Africa’s former swimming champion Charlene Wittstock.

Loyalty, discretion and a sense of stateliness are the essential qualities that make Christian Garcia a cook that stands out from the crowd.

"Cooking for Prince Albert is an honour especially as he places such an importance on cuisine and good produce. Like Prince Charles, Prince Albert has created a 100% organic vegetable garden in his summer residence at Rocagel, 17 miles from Monaco. The Prince does of course love the typical Monegasque specialties such as barbajuans - fried ravioli with a little stuffing of vegetables or meat, or Monagasque Cod - a meal that was served to President Sarkozy. The saddle of lamb in a Provencal crust with goat cheese and marjoram, served with Provence pickled vegetables is a classic on the Cook’s Menu form the Prince’s palace kitchens, as is the Mediterranean capon in rock fish juices with leek cannelloni."
 
A Chef for a Head of State

Although he was born in Bourges in the Cher region, Christian Garcia now considers himself to be a "pure" Monegasque. His great pleasure is sailing with Andrew Rinaldi, the last small scale fisherman in Monaco, returning to Prince Albert with some fine wriggling red mullets.

Since 2007, Christian chairs the very select
Clubdes chefs de chefs d’État, (Chefs for Heads of State) founded in 1977 by Christian Bragg ("the cooks’couturier") and has some thirty members from all over the world. Each year, chefs from the Royal Palace of Monaco, the Elysee, the Queen of England, Queen Sirikit the King of Thailand’s wife, the Kremlin, the White House, and the Kings of Sweden, Morocco and Spain come together over 5 days to meet and exchange ideas. Cooking for a head of state is not easy: "The menu has to be different every day of the year" says Garcia. “We have to be constantly on the lookout for good produce and ideas.”
 

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