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Countdown to the 2023 CCI France Japan Kansai Gala Party: Meet Chef Erwan Ledru of Contraste

Chef Erwan Ledru The clock is ticking, and the anticipation is building as we approach the 2023 CCI France Japan Kansai Gala Party, set to take place on November 7th. With only 5 days remaining until the registration deadline on October 10th, it’s time to get excited about the culinary extravaganza that awaits. Today, we’ll introduce you to one of the four outstanding chefs who will be gracing this prestigious event, Chef Erwan Ledru of Contraste.

ERWAN LEDRU of Contraste:

The name of their restaurant sums up the profile of the two chefs in the kitchen. On one side Erwan Ledru, from Brittany, and on the other Kévin de Porre from the Pyrenees. These two lovers of their region studied together at the Ferrandi school in Paris. After working independently in prestigious, Michelin-starred establishments, they came together two years ago to open their own restaurant in Paris’s 8th arrondissement.  Contraste blends Breton and Catalan terroir in a land and sea cuisine concocted with specific products from their respective regions. Their gastronomic cuisine is designed to be accessible to all. “We do gastronomy that’s assertive, relaxed, and accessible,” sums up Erwan Ledru. “Even when it comes to wine, we keep our prices very reasonable, so that people who come to us can indulge in everything,” adds Kévin de Porre. The two chefs, who have been awarded Ecotable certification, work daily on seasonal cuisine and an ecological approach to everything from the produce to the energy used in the restaurant.  Profile

​​Experience Culinary Magic with Chef Erwan Ledru at Contraste, Paris: A Gastronomic Journey and a Night to Remember

Chef Erwan Ledru , Kévin de Porre In Paris’ elegant 8th arrondissement, where culinary dreams and artistic finesse intertwine, Contraste stands as a beacon of exquisite gastronomy. At the helm of this culinary haven is Chef Erwan Ledru, a virtuoso hailing from the rugged coastline of Brittany. Contraste isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a symphony of flavors, a dance of textures, and an ode to the fusion of terroirs. As you step into Contraste, you’re not just entering a dining space; you’re embarking on a gastronomic pilgrimage. Contraste’s allure lies not only in its menu but in the very essence of its creators. Erwan Ledru and his partner, Kevin de Porre, both culinary prodigies, bring their childhood friendship and shared passion for cuisine to life in every dish. Their journey started at the prestigious Ferrandi school in Paris, where they honed their skills and cultivated their own distinct culinary philosophies.  

A Culinary Tale of Two Terroirs

Erwan Ledru, with his roots in Brittany, brings the essence of sustainable fishing and local produce to Contraste’s creations. His dishes are a celebration of the sea, echoing the wild beauty of the Breton coast. In contrast, Kevin de Porre, born in the Pyrénées-Orientales, infuses the menu with the rustic charm of the land. His culinary creations are a homage to rurality, culture, and the heartwarming flavors of his birthplace.  

Contraste: Where Opposites Attract on Your Plate.

Contraste At Contraste, the name truly defines the experience. The menu is a harmonious blend of contrasts – of flavors, textures, and styles. Atlantic octopus meets Iberian soubressade, eggs from the hen house entwined with exquisite smoked eel and beetroot, and mackerel harmoniously dancing with transalpine Lardo di Colonnata. Every bite is a revelation, a testament to the artistry of the chefs and the rich tapestry of French and Catalan cuisines. The Chefs have been awarded Ecotable certification, a testament to their focus on sustainable seasonal cuisine with an ecological approach to everything from the produce to the energy used in the restaurant.   Beyond the Plate: A Feast for the Senses Contraste is not just a culinary delight; it’s a sensory feast. The restaurant’s ambiance effortlessly marries old-world charm with modern aesthetics. Step into a world where historical charm meets contemporary elegance – the ambiance at Contraste effortlessly marries old-world Parisian grandeur with modern sophistication. The atmosphere is a testament to Erwan’s vision, where Louis XVI moldings harmonize with vibrant, modern hues, creating an inviting space that tempts you to linger. As you revel in the idea of experiencing this culinary marvel, let me stop you from opening another tab to start googling flights to Paris CDG.  Cause you don’t have to travel all the way to Paris to savor Chef Erwan Ledru’s culinary creations. For one special night in November,  Erwan, along with three other Michelin-starred chefs from Paris, each representing their own award-winning restaurants will be creating a sumptuous feast at the CCIFJ’s Kansai Gala at Kyoto’s Westin Hotel. There you’ll have the opportunity to savor the sumptuous flavors of Contraste without crossing continents. Indulge in an evening of exquisite tastes, innovative techniques, and the finest ingredients, all expertly prepared by these culinary luminaries. Mark the date on your calendar (Tuesday, November 7th) and hurry to book your seat or table as registrations close on October 10th and places are filling up fast. This unique event promises an evening of unparalleled culinary artistry, where the best of Parisian gastronomy will be brought to your plate. Prepare your senses for an unforgettable journey. Indulge in the gastronomic wonders crafted by Chef Erwan Ledru and his esteemed colleagues, right in the heart of Kyoto. But fine wine and fine food is just the beginning of the night of glitz and glamour that awaits you. Fine company and a chance to mix and mingle with Kyoto’s most chic and cultured denizens and gastronauts, not to mention some amazing prizes and giveaways. This unique event promises an evening of unparalleled culinary artistry, where the best of Parisian gastronomy will be brought directly to your plate. An exquisite gastronomic journey awaits you, expertly prepared by these culinary luminaries, right in the heart of Kyoto.

Mark Your Calendar and Reserve Your Seat

Dinner: Groupe Eclore - A Gastronomic Journey So, mark the date on your calendar: Tuesday, November 7th. But don’t delay, as registrations for this exclusive event close on October 10th, and seats are filling up fast. It’s not just about fine wine and fine food; it’s about fine company and a chance to mingle with Kyoto’s most chic and cultured denizens. Plus, there are some amazing prizes and giveaways in store. To reserve your seat at this gastronomic extravaganza, follow these simple steps: Step 1: Fill in the Reservation Form by scanning the QR code provided. QR code for Gala Step 2: Ensure you complete the form before the reservation deadline on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. Payment information will be sent to you by the French Chamber of Commerce, and you will receive your invitation card(s) via email about one week before the event.

Event Details:

Location: The Westin Miyako Kyoto “Mizuho” Banquet Room 1 Awataguchi Kachocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0052


– 18:15: Opening cocktail – 18:45: Doors opening – 19:00: Opening remarks – 19:15: Gourmet dinner, Show, Raffle – 21:30: End of the event Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to savor the culinary artistry of Chef Erwan Ledru and other renowned chefs. Reserve your seat now and prepare for an unforgettable evening at the 2023 CCI France Japan Kansai Gala Party!
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