Last week saw the great and the good of Brittany’s culinary leaders gather together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne aboard Brittany Ferries’ Pont Aven in St Malo.
The rich and diverse food landscape of Brittany’s coastal region includes no less than 44 Michelin-star restaurants. 42 of the award-winning chefs were on board creating signature dishes for the delegates, special guests and media.
At Brittany Ferries’ request, Four Food & Wine was tasked to organise and host a group press trip on board Pont Aven with top foodie media including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Olive magazine, BBC Radio, Greentraveller and About Time magazine.
The journalists were invited to explore the ‘gastronomic market’ which involved 42 chef ‘stations’ where guests were invited to sample, drool and discuss over the featured dishes. The iconic Breton oyster was in its full glory and featured across many of the chefs’ tables, with flavours ranging from fresh and naked to the more exotic ginger and lemon concoctions. Other unusual seafood on display included the beautiful abalone shellfish, barnacles and spider crabs. It wasn’t all from the sea however, with incredible foie gras creations, tasty truffles, glorious vegetables and chocolates that were to die for. And the cheese, well, let’s just say it was piled high and in full splendour.
The gastronomic market blended well with the heritage of Brittany Ferries – with farmers for owners - and who are renowned for taking great pride in their fantastic food offering on board. The champagne reception and dinner in Le Flora restaurant and luxurious accommodation in a Commodore suite established Brittany Ferries as truly a leader in gourmet cruising.