Heritage of Monaco: Glamour and Fascination

 August 1, 2018

The Place du Casino in Hollywood in 1922 | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM


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Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco is a distinctive publication highlighting the exceptional culinary scene of the Principality of Monaco. Authors Bradley Mitton and Zsolt Szemerszky are showcasing the most excellent restaurants in Monaco as well as the heritage of the Principality of Monaco.

Glamour and Fascination

The Principality of Monaco has always represented elegance and luxury dating back hundreds of years.

1919 – Grand Duke Boris of Russia © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

At the beginning of the 20th century, Monaco was an attraction for Russian nobility. The Principality’s prosperity, and particularly that of the casinos, was in large due to the Russian community.

The 1920s – Serge de Diaghilev | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1930 – Grand Duke Dimitri of Russia © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Since 1909 the Principality of Monaco has hosted its world famous „Russian Ballet“. Since then it has been through several rebirths to maintain its notability and with the arrival of Jean-Christophe Maillot in 1993, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo joined the ranks of the World’s most renowned ballet companies.

1911 – The Russian Ballet | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1925 – The Russian Ballet | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

One of the most amazing fascinations of the Principality was glorified by actor and director Eric von Stroheim, who built a perfect replica of the Place du Casino in Hollywood at the Universal Studios in 1922. His attention to detail thoroughly captured the atmosphere of Monte Carlo for the movie Foolish Wives (Folies de femmes).

The Place du Casino in Hollywood in 1922 | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

The movie stirred up an American fascination with Monte Carlo, thirty years before the legendary royal marriage that linked the two nations in April 1956, which was Monaco‘s own fairy tale.

Cary Grant at The Place du Casino in 1939 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Since then, Monaco has become the location of choice for many film directors searching for genuinely dreamlike and elegant settings.

Yves Montand, scene from the movie „Grand Prix in 1966 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Louis de Funes in Monaco in 1970 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Roman Polanski, Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco in 1971 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

The Principality has had a long relationship with the brightest celebrities and sport personalities. The building of the legendary Monte Carlo Country Club was inspired by Suzanne Lenglen, who was the number one ladies’ tennis player in the world in the 1920’s, dominating the sport by having only lost 4 sets during her 7 year career.

Suzanne Lenglen in Monaco in 1921 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

And the Principality cares for its celebrity visitors. Josephine Baker was one such recipient, who was a huge star and possibly the world’s first Afro-American celebrity. After great success, she had greater bad-luck and racial issues and by the mid-1960s, Josephine had used up her entire fortune. A period of dark days overwhelmed her and her children, when Brigitte Bardot and Princess Grace personally came to her help. Bardot helped her financially and then Princess Grace invited her to Monaco, helping with funds raised at galas held in the Principality, offering her a home for life.

Josephine Baker in 1932
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Amongst the most famous and internationally recognised people to be connected to the Principality was Sir Winston Churchill, who loved Monaco and often visited. As early as 1945, he regulary enjoyed staying at the Hôtel de Paris for Monaco‘s famous New Year festivities.

Sir Winston Churchill in Monaco in 1958 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Almost every week there is a new and exciting international event in the Principality and so one can always find something for one’s taste. It is fascinating, and one can observe the enormous efforts that the Monaco Government goes to with its various commitments on an international level, making the Principality an important player in global entertainment and corporate business.

Rose Ball with HSH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace in 1976 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Rose Ball on the Rock in 2013 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1957 – Monaco Red Cross Gala: HSH Rainier III & Princess Grace © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1982 – Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O‘Neal © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1985 – Régine, Boris Becker and Paul Anka © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

1988 – Liza Minnelli
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Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco

Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco

Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco is a distinctive publication highlighting the exceptional culinary scene of the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco’s first gourmand book was launch December 2016 as the number one release in wine pairing at Amazon.com allows gastronomy lovers to discover the excellence of the Principality of Monaco thanks to recipes and interviews with Executive Chefs who hold together over 50 Michelin stars.

Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco is a distinctive publication highlighting the exceptional culinary scene of the Principality, whilst focusing on gastronomical specialities and offering an overview of the heritage of Monaco.

Thanks to the invaluable help from the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, authors Bradley Mitton and Zsolt Szemerszky are showcasing the most excellent restaurants in Monaco. This culinary guide offers its readers a unique experience as they offer a rare insight into the characters and personalities behind these wonderful gastronomical locations.

This is an exceptional joint effort thanks to the supportive chefs include Alain Ducasse, Benoît Witz, Christophe Cussac, Christophe Dupuy, Dominique Lory, Jean-Claude Brugel, Joël Robuchon, Marcel Ravin, Paolo Sari, Philippe Joannès and Takéo Yamasaki as well as accommodating sommeliers including Damien Borghi, Noël Bajor, Frédéric Woelffle and Massimo Sacco.

The publication is available international delivery through Amazon.com.


 

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