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Chefs' Cafe at the Fairmont Monte Carlo
Usually they are in the kitchen ensuring the finest restaurants along the Cote d'Azur turn out dishes to please the world's most discerning palates. But recently, it was the Riviera's chefs who were feted at the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

The occasion was the arrival of the hotel's new executive chef, Maryan Gandon. As the new kid on the block, Gandon, a 30-year veteran of the toque blanche, invited his brother chefs

for a get-together in his new digs at the recently refurbished L'Argentin restaurant.

The Frenchman comes to Monaco via China, where he launched luxury food retailer Fauchon's largest store in Beijing. Previously, he commanded a team of 160 chefs for InterContinental Phoenicia in Lebanon, and had appointments at Lenôtre Paris, Hotel Kempinski Moscow and The Plantation Club Hotel, Seychelles.

He was once quoted as saying: "My father used to own a cold meat delicatessen in France, so by the age of six I had my own chefs outfit and was serving customers. I really believe that I was born into this field; as a child I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

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