Chef Marcel Ravin Embarks on the "Monaco Explorations" Adventure

The Michelin-starred chef from the Blue Bay Monte-Carlo is organising a special cocktail party on the Yersin on 27 Octob

On 4 April 2017, Prince Albert II of Monaco relaunched scientific exploration at sea, departing from Monaco, when he inaugurated the "Monaco Explorations" research campaign.

During this three-year, around-the-world campaign, the Principality will make the "Yersin" available to the international scientific community.  The "Yersin" is a modular, multipurpose ship, and a real floating laboratory.

The next stopover is on Friday 27 October, in Martinique, with the special participation of Marcel Ravin, the Michelin-starred chef from the Blue Bay restaurant at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.

Chef Marcel Ravin was born in the Le Diamant, in south-western Martinique.  Ravin has a humanist outlook, and was the first Caribbean chef to win a Michelin star, awarded in 2015 to the Blue Bay restaurant, which was launched in 2005 on the occasion of the opening of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.

Marcel Ravin's support for "Monaco Explorations"

Marcel Ravin, who is a fervent defender of  "eating good food and eating well" and also of environmental protection, has joined forces with the "Monaco Explorations" oceanographic research campaign.  The staff of the transatlantic programme "Sargassums," who departed from Cabo Verde on 5 October and are expected to arrive in Martinique at the end of October, are part of this global project, which began on 20 August with the aim of raising awareness of marine biodiversity and issues related to global warming and the impact of pollution.
The aim of this mission is to respond to a major concern of the people of the Antilles, who, since 2011, have been recurrently confronted with massive amounts of sargassums that have washed up on the beaches, with catastrophic consequences for the fauna and flora and for human health and activities.

A special cocktail party

Chef Marcel Ravin is organising a special cocktail party and buffet on Friday 27 October 2017 with the aim of awakening the taste buds and pricking the conscience of the 80 guests who will be present on the "Yersin."

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will honour the event with His presence and will present the programme of this scientific campaign.  The ship will be moored at La Pointe Simon in the Flemish Bay, just opposite chef Marcel Ravin's restaurant, "La Table de Marcel."

A strong commitment - from the ground to the plate

Cooking freshly harvested seasonal fruits and vegetables is more than a commitment – it's a priority for Marcel Ravin.
At the Blue Bay, the signature restaurant of the Monte-Carlo Bay, vegetables picked just a few steps away are central to the dish;  the meat and fish are accompaniments.

A year ago, a charter was drawn up with "Mister Good Fish" to respect marine resources via a list specifying all the recommended species per season.
In addition, no bluefin tuna features on the menu, because it's a protected species.
The chef also collaborates with the start-up "Terre de Monaco," founded by Jessica Sbaraglia, a designer of urban organic vegetable gardens, whose work includes the design for the vegetable garden at the Monte-Carlo Bay.

About Monaco Explorations:  a three-year voyage around the world

On 27 July 2017, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco launched the "Monaco Explorations" campaign.  The "Yersin" left the Principality on its long journey.  120 years after Albert I, his great-great-grandfather, the Monegasque Sovereign is renewing links with marine scientific explorations.  The "Monaco Explorations" project will last for three years (from 2017 to 2020), travelling around the world.  This campaign will make it possible to study marine biodiversity and the implementation of protection programmes and will involve an intensive mediation campaign to raise awareness of ocean-related issues and reconcile mankind and the sea.

Practical Info:  Friday 27 October 2017
Cocktail party and buffet from 7.30 p.m./evening ends at 10 p.m.
The "Yersin" will be moored at Pointe Simon, in the Flemish Bay, Martinique


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