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One of Australia’s most exciting young chefs, Shannon Bennet of Vue de Monde in Melbourne, has set out to recreate one of the most famous culinary events of all time: the Three Emperors Dinner held at the Café Anglais in Paris on the 7th of June 1867.
The dinner was arranged for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, his son Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II) and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia (later first Emperor of Germany). All three were in Paris to attend an international exhibition and the meal was one of the first occasions at which heads of state ever met outside of the royal court.
The chef was Adolphe Dugléré, known as “the Mozart of Cuisine” and the man responsible for making Café Anglais one of the major restaurants of France’s Second Empire.
Dugléré’s menu for the Three Emperors Dinner is regarded today as a masterpiece of its style and time, and Shannon Bennet set out to not only be faithful to Dugléré’s vision, but to subtly adapt it to modern sensibilities and tastes.
The 2001 dinner is both an exciting exploration of a fabulous past and a living testimony to how food has evolved over the past 130 years.... Read more.