La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs revives tradition

Members and friends of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage de l’Algarve held their annual black-tie Christmas dinner at the Penina Hotel, near Portimão, and chose a very special way to celebrate this year.

The guild of goose roasters or “Ayeurs” had its origins in 13th century France, in the reign of King Louis IX, in overseeing standards and coaching apprentices in their trade.

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which evolved from a re-emergence of the guild in the 1950s, is a global gastronomic society, incorporating both professional and amateur members who promote all aspects of the art of food.

The “Ayeurs “of the Algarve specifically wanted to include their tradition of goose on the menu for this festive occasion. Chef Bernard Lussiana of the Penina Hotel agreed to a meat course substitution and those gathered for the occasion enjoyed a five course meal which included goose, accompanied by selected wines for each course.

For more information regarding the historic background and present activities of the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs see

For information about the Bailliage de l’Algarve, contact Dr Jean Ferran, Bailli provincial, Sud du Tage: 282 912 822 | [email protected]