Cheesemaker Hervé Mons has always honored the seasons in his work. In 2023, Food for Change is exploring the importance and legacy of cheese and this master affineur, one of Slow Food’s first supporters, spoke with us about the future of good cheese from his fromagerie in France’s Loire département.
Some relationships were meant to be: the bond between Relais & Châteaux, Blancpain Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie, and Chef Hideaki Matsuo is one such rapport, built upon a shared resolve to protect the oceans. Their concerted efforts now preserve the treasures of the deep.
Labels, seasonality, stocks,... It’s easy to get tangled in the net of sustainable fishing. At Château de Beaulieu–rewarded with two Michelin stars and a Green Star in recognition of its ethical approach–chef Christophe Dufossé's respect for marine resources sets an example for all of gastronomy.
Honey is the taste of the terroir–each jar the story of a season and the flowers that bloomed. On World Bee Day, May 20, 2023, five of our properties reveal their relationships with this liquid gold and their dedication to upholding the integrity of the natural world.
The achievements of a chef are no longer limited to technique or creativity: they are also a matter of principle. Chef Mauro Colagreco, vice-president of Relais & Châteaux, is dedicated to environmental responsibility, with values that run through his entire team and have sealed his reputation.
On his birthday, we pay tribute to a legendary chef, his career and his cuisine–all born of a profound dream. On his journey, Michel Guérard has successfully combined gastronomy with healthy eating–conceiving a culinary approach that can change the world.
The view of the Gulf of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius silhouetted against the sky, is instantly recognizable. Despite the very touristic peri-urban area of the Naples metropolis, agriculture is thriving, still producing famed edible wonders, the gustative hallmarks of Neapolitan cuisine.
The Santini family, owner of one of the world’s best restaurants, have decided to turn toward regenerative agriculture, in harmony with nature. A dramatic shift and an essential evolution which brings to life Relais & Châteaux’s 2022 RegenerAction campaign with Slow Food.
Committed to protecting marine resources since 2009, Relais & Châteaux takes you to the world’s far-flung atolls to meet extraordinary underwater fauna, along with its partner, Blancpain, a staunch defender of the great hammerhead shark.
As a little boy, Hugo Roellinger listened eagerly to the bedtime stories told by his father, Olivier Roellinger, a former three-star chef and Vice President of Relais & Châteaux. Former sailor, Hugo returned to world of cooking at Le Coquillage, the Michelin-starred family restaurant in Cancale.
Seaweed has been consumed and celebrated in Japan for thousands of years. Its delicious salinity exemplifies the taste of umami. Two celebrated Japanese chefs talk about their passion for this oceanic culinary wonder food – and their concerns for its future.
In Relais & Châteaux properties around the world, seaweed is used in a variety of ways, embodying a way to live in harmony with the sea while respecting the rich resources found therein.
Fundamental to the health of the ocean floor, seaweed has become emblematic of Hugo Roellinger’s cuisine.
Travelers today face a dilemma between the desire to enjoy unique experiences and their ability to live according to their ecological convictions. How can they reconcile this environmental responsibility when the very principle of travel is to move from one place to another?
Emblematic of the mischievous Gallic sense of humor, “April Fish Day” (April 1st) is the French version of April Fools’ Day. In honour of this curious custom, we invite you to sample some of April's greatest catches from rivers, lakes and seas the world over, courtesy of our amazing chefs.
Set off on an around-the-world journey to discover our members’ sustainable, socially supportive initiatives. In Peru, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Marie-Hélène Miribel has created Sol y Luna, a hotel that generates the resources to fund a local school, home to 200 students.
Julien Dumas, the new chef of the Saint James in Paris, tells us about a cheese that he enjoyed as a child, Persillé de Tignes. This excellent product represents the commitment required from chefs everywhere to protect the environment and its biodiversity.
Kumatiya, a small, spiny tree typical of Rajasthan, has a great deal of appeal. In addition to being a part of the territory’s traditional agroforestry system and a source of complementary revenue with its gum arabic, it also offers a gratifying gourmet treat: its seeds.
From October 4th to 7th, the chefs of Relais et Châteaux take part in the international event Food for Change to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. Watch the videos of their favorite products in Instants !
The Gravenstein apple is a symbol of the Sonoma County community. Brought here by Russian trappers in the early 19th century, it has provided food and drink for the locals for many years. Today its orchards are threatened by the success of the region’s vineyards.
“Black chicken, authentic chicken.” This Tuscan saying expresses just how firmly rooted pollo nero del Valdarno truly is here. As part of the Food for Change campaign by Slow Food, we set out to encounter this passenger aboard the Ark of Taste.
In the face of industrial agriculture and standardized diets, we need a Noah’s Ark of foods. One that protects the foods that make our cuisine so special: the ingredients that express the talents of our region. A treasure to carry forward for the future of our tastebuds and our countrysides.
United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated on June 8, is designed to raise public awareness about the importance of better managing the oceans and their resources.
"There would be no life on Earth without the seas." For United Nations' World Oceans Day theme of "The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods", nearly 200 Relais & Châteaux join forces for an Ode to Shellfish to support the growth and development of a sustainable blue economy.
Sarah Wyndham Lewis, professional Honey Sommelier, embarks on a Relais & Chateaux honey trail through 5 beekeeping properties, highlighting their fierce commitment to safeguarding bees and the environment.
While blessed with a culinary culture that prominently features seafood, the premier Japanese chefs of Relais & Châteaux are concerned about their environment. Four eco-conscious culinary figures share their vision of change.
At Tuscany’s Borgo San Felice, the chef uses vegetables from the restaurant’s organic garden, which is tended by workers with disabilities. A meaningful agricultural project that nourishes both sustainable and social development.