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Origin and Inception

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society, founded in Paris in 1950, traces its origins back to 1248. At that time, the French King Louis IX (later canonized as Saint Louis) wishing to thank the trades which had contributed to the construction of Sainte Chapelle, ordered the establishment of several professional guilds, one of which was the “Oyeurs” or goose roasters. The vocation of this guild was to improve the technical knowledge of its members: apprentices, tradesmen and masters. Over the decades its activities and privileges were expanded.

Renaissance of the ‘Confrérie des Rôtisseur’

For more than four centuries the ‘Confrérie des Rôtisseur’ cultivated and developed the culinary arts, meeting all the requirements of professionalism and quality demanded by the “Royal Table”, until 1793 when the guild system was dissolved during the French Revolution. The Rôtisseurs were completely forgotten until 1950, when Dr. Auguste Bécart, the well-known journalists Jean Valby and Curnonsky (elected “Prince of the Gastronomes”), and chefs Louis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin revived the association and founded the “Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs”.

Royal Charter and Naming of the “Rôtisseurs”

By 1509, during the reign of Louis XII, when the guild’s knowledge was extended to

include the preparation of other meats and poultry, including game, it took the name

“Rôtisseurs” (roasters). Then in 1610, under the reign of Louis XIII, it was granted a Royal Charter and a Coat of Arms.

Renaisance of the  Chaîne

For more than four centuries the ‘Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ cultivated and developed the culinary arts, meeting all the requirements of professionalism and quality demanded by the ‘Royal Table’, right up until the guild system was dissolved during the French Revolution.

The Rôtisseurs were completely forgotten until 1950, when Dr Auguste Bécart, the well-known journalists Jean Valby and Curnonsky (elected ‘Prince of Gastronomes’*), and chefs Luis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin revived the association and founded the ‘Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’.

*Curnonsky was the pen name of Maurice Edmond Sailland, a French writer, novelist, biographer and gastronome. He was know as the “Prince of Gastronomes”, a title he was awarded in a public referendum in 1927, and a title no one else has been given since. At the height of his prestige, eighty restaurants around Paris would hold a table every night in case he arrived. Supposedly in his later years he was so heavy he was unable to walk and had to be carried by six friends to his favourite restaurants. On July 22, 1956, at the age of 84, Curnonsky leaned too far out of his window and fell to his death.

Today’s  Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members have numerous benefits, above and beyond enjoying good food, wine and company to share it with.


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