Chefs that can drive and drivers that can cook: once again, the "Volant des Chefs" celebrated typically French flair and excellence, bringing together enthusiasts from two different worlds at a fun event with a healthy dose of humour – and competition – thrown in for good measure!
The fun all started on Sunday, 13 November, with a cooking challenge organised in the kitchens of the Hôtel du Castellet. As President of the panel of judges, the two Michelin-starred chef Christophe Bacquié unveiled the contestant’s challenge: create a Provençal Aioli! Selected at random, the teams – each featuring a driver backed up by two chefs – immediately set about the task in hand.
When it was time to taste the finished products, Anthony Beltoise won the majority of the votes for his interpretation of this dish, made up of cod (or salt cod), vegetables and, of course, the famous garlic sauce. Jean Ragnotti, Jean-Pierre Jarier and Philippe Alliot had no choice but to accept defeat…
The next day, the merry band gathered at the Paul Ricard Circuit for the driving part of the challenge. Coached by Renault Sport monitors, the chefs drove the Clio Trophy 220 EDC and then the Clio Cup on two challenging events.
César Troisgros set the fastest time on the against-the-clock course to earn the right to take a Clio R.S.16 for a spin. The "Volant des Chefs" prize, given to the winner of the driving test, went to Jérôme Bocuse. This multi-talented sportsman was therefore able to hop into a Renault Sport R.S.01 for an unforgettable test run!