Every year, the Guides and Scouts Association of Monaco organize A Great Chef for All and prepare a meal for those in need, without discrimination, for one euro at the Economic Oven in Nice. This year, the Chef for the Prince’s Palace, Christian Garcia, accompanied by Chef Robert Larini helped the young group of scouts create a special meal.
Sharing and generosity are the themes of the event, during which 200 people are served lunch. One of the participating scouts expressed how happy he was to help people who are in need of food, warmth and a little boost of happiness.
Christian Garcia, Chef for the Prince’s Palace, said that there are many requests for him to participate in charitable events. The Prince encourages him to participate in creating meals for good causes, in particular, for Monaco’s Scouts.
Four days a week, the St. Vincent de Paul’s Economic Oven on rue Badat in Nice prepares dishes for those in need. They served over 26,000 meals in 2017. A Great Chef for All has been in operation for five years, recruiting star chefs to help the Scouts create a meal for the Economic Oven. This year, the Archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Barsi also came to support the young participants.
More than an act of solidarity, A Great Chef for All, puts forward one of the Scouts’ principles: education by action. Paul Rouanet, Vice President of the Guides and Scouts Association of Monaco, believes that the act of participating and preparing meals with one another, of going to find food and convincing establishments like Carrefour to donate food, all precedes a dynamic of serving others and helps create active and happy citizens, something which is greatly needed in today’s society.