(Lyon) was invited to a prestigious dinner in the presence of Emmanuel Macron on Sunday evening in Lyon, where chef Marcel Ravin of Martinique origin was finally turned down. Discrimination, according to him, is an erroneous error according to the administrator.
The star chef, who hails from a restaurant in Monaco, was appropriately invited when he performed himself at Ron Prefecture, an event held at the International Catering Fair (Sirha) one evening hosted by the company GL Events.
This document, which he produced on social networks, indicates that the president of the republic, GL Events boss Olivier Xenon, and Jerome Bocas, president of the Bocus d’Or gastronomic competition, asked him to attend the free dinner. Great chefs and pastry chefs.
But the staff assigned to control the guests did not allow him into the premises. “They told me I was not on the list and their manager did not want to know anything,” Mr Ravin said, “shock and frustration.”
“Sad evening. Be invited and end up on the sidewalk to eat an andollet […] And they explained to me that we were no different. I will tell you what a shame it is, ”he wrote on Facebook.
“I hope our profession comes together and no chef recognized by his colleagues should ever come home again. I want to believe that the organization of this event apologizes for not being considered,” said Sergei Lechimi, president of Martinique’s regional association, condemning the move as “unacceptable”.
When asked by AFP on Monday evening, GL Events spoke of an “unfortunate error”. “We are sorry for this untoward incident on our part and there is nothing about it,” said Sirha Food Brands Director Luke Dubanchet.
According to him, “Priori” was not on the list because Mr. Ravin did not respond to his invitation. Other people like him on Sunday night said, “We were able to replace it because we were warned.”
“However, we are not aware of it there, alas”, Mr. Dubanchet added by submitting the apology of the GL events to Mr. Ravin.