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THE RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX VISION

Making a better world through cuisine and hospitality

UNESCO, 18th November 2014

Relais & Châteaux has presented its Vision and its 20 Commitments, in the presence of distinguished guests and before an audience including members and journalists from across the globe.
Against the backdrop of the adverse evolution of dietary practices and the standardization of cuisines around the world, Relais & Châteaux has set itself a mission: preserve the diversity of the cuisines of the world, share the passion for the good and the beautiful and work together to create a more humane world.
These commitments have resulted from the brainstorming of the World Culinary Council of Relais & Châteaux, set up more than a year ago, which includes men and women, sommeliers, chefs and innkeepers.
They are part of a movement that the Association wants to engage into, together with others, on a worldwide level. Relais & Châteaux wants to preserve and promote cuisine and hospitality cultures through the world, and to elevate, more particularly, the Fine Arts of Living to the rank of the 10th Art.

Download the Relais & Châteaux Vision in English and in French here.

Making a better world through cuisine and hospitality

In a world that is rich in its differences, people from all cultures have always placed importance on two timeless traditions: cuisine and hospitality. Throughout history, these two traditions have contributed to happiness, fellowship and the art of living well: or what the French call “l’Art de vivre”. It’s therefore critical to our humanity - if not mankind - that cuisine and hospitality be cherished, preserved and continually revived, ensuring both can always play a role in our capacity to live well together.
For the past two decades, food, cooking and dining have gone through some significant and troubling changes. The actions of many large-scale food producers and dining establishments have had a profoundly negative impact on the health of both our planet and our consumers. As a result, some chefs have embraced the styles and trends imposed by the industry, which are, in truth, inconsistent with the original tenets of our profession. Others have focused more on ostentatious presentation, slipping even further away from the genuine role that cuisine can and should play in our lives.
At Relais & Châteaux, we strive to be true artisans and representatives of the restaurant and hotel trade. We see ourselves as both heirs and gatekeepers of not only the rich cultural history of hospitality around the world, but also the wonderful variety of cuisines within it. As a fellowship, as a family of chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs, we have made a conscious choice to be true to the mission bestowed upon us: to preserve and share true culinary techniques and to eschew shortcuts that diminish excellence. For it is through this use of authentic methods and ingredients that we are able to truly share all that is good and beautiful in this world. For it is through these practices and beliefs that we truly express and enrich our humanity.
This strong emotion of taste, however, does not exist on its own or spring solely from the plate. Rather, it is deeply connected to one’s surroundings and an authentic and generous welcome into them. This fundamental realization is the foundation on which we build our commitment to supporting cuisine and hospitality and, through this commitment, making the world better for future generations.

At Relais & Châteaux, we know that others share these beliefs and have similar humanitarian goals, and we wish to work with them to support a mission focused on three key areas:

 
The Relais & Châteaux commitments

To preserve the diversity of cuisines and hospitality in this world so that future generations can know and share in their richness

Share our passion for all that is good and beautiful in this world

To work together to create a more humane world