A brief history of a big idea
The Club des Chefs des Chefs (CCC), the world’s most exclusive gastronomic society, was founded at the restaurant Paul Bocuse, the legendary temple of gastronomy, in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or in 1977, in the presence of a number of personal chefs of heads of state. The meeting was instigated by Gilles Bragard, the couturier to chefs and international hospitality.
The occasion was a resounding success and all the attendees expressed the wish to meet again at an annual dinner. And so Gilles Bragard created a non-profit organization in the same year: The Club des Chefs des Chefs. Since then, the Chefs des Chefs have come together in a different country every year, where they explore the local gastronomy and participate in various culinary activities that are designed to promote the profession.
Every meeting is an opportunity for the authorities in the host country to receive them officially as culinary ambassadors of their home country and to thank them for their commitment to serving the important figures whose wellbeing they ensure. It is also an opportunity for the chefs to come together and share their passion.
And so the Chefs des Chefs have been received:
- At the White House in Washington, firstly by President Ronald Reagan and later by President Bill Clinton
- In Stockholm by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden
- In Ottawa by Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada
- In Monaco by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
- In Rome by President Giorgio Napolitano
- In Moscow by President Dmitri Medvedev
- And by many other heads of state in other countries