The Mombasa Chapitre of the Chaine des
Rotisseurs hosted their annual Induction Ceremony followed by a
formal dinner at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel on Saturday
18th February 2017.
The evening began with cocktails and
canapés in the front lawn of the hotel.
This was followed by the Induction
Ceremony which saw the promotion of three members
and the induction of one new member.
Bailli Délégué Mrs. Shabnam Nayer was
the Inducting Officer and Mr. Michael Hughes was the
MC for the ceremony.
Mrs. Aliya D’Silva was promoted to
Bailli for Mombasa; Chef Gurpreet Singh Mehta was
promoted up the rank of professional chef to Maitre
Rotisseurs; Mr. Zul Harunani was promoted to
Conseiller Culinaire at the National Baillage
Level. Mrs. Isha Khan was inducted as a new member.
This induction ceremony marked the 20th
anniversary of the Chaine des Rotisseurs in Mombasa.
After the induction ceremony, guests
moved to the dining area in the conference centre
for the formal dinner.
The newly promoted Bailli, Mrs. Aliya
D’Silva, started the dinner with the loyal toast and
her welcome remarks.
She began by congratulating those
members who were promoted and inducted and then
welcomed a very special delegation from
Dar-Es-Salaam who had travelled to Mombasa
especially for the occasion: Bailli Délégué of
Tanzania, Mr. Hatim Karimjee with two members of his
committee, Mr. Thomas Scherer and Ms. Sarah Scott.
She made a special mention of two
pioneer members present who were inducted 20 years
ago - that is Mr. Zul Harunani and Mr. Phillipe
Alberto Lazerri then entertained
guests with his famous opera voice, after which
dinner service began.
Guests were treated to a most
exemplary meal prepared by Chef Gurpreet Singh Mehta
and his team.
The Bailli then gave the vote of
thanks during which she gave a special mention to
Bailli Délégué Mrs. Shabnam Nayer and Bailli
Honoraire Gurdeep Nayer for organising the induction
ceremony with great commitment as well as for
providing valuable support to herself and her
She especially mentioned that Shabnam
and Gurdeep have been the backbone of the Chaine des
Rotisseurs Mombasa and attributed its standing to
their passion and dedication.
She then proceeded to invite the
Bailli Délégue from Tanzania, Mr. Hatim Karimjee, to
present Chef Gurpreet Singh Mehta with a Chaine
plaque to commemorate his promotion.
Bailli Délégué of Kenya, Mrs. Shabnam
Nayer, was invited to present Chef Gurpreet with his
certificate on behalf of the Chaine des Rotisseurs
Mombasa in recognition for hosting the dinner.
The Bailli then invited Chef Gurpreet
to accompany her to present the management team and
senior kitchen staff with their certificates after
which the committee for Mombasa presented
certificates to the entire kitchen and service
The evening ended on a high note with
a few more recitals from Alberto.
This was a most memorable evening
commemorating 20 years of Chaine des Rotisseurs in
Mombasa and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.