Creole Cuisine from the Indian Ocean Islands – the best recipes now appear in a book


(Posted 20th August 2016)

A new cookbook named Aquacasi was officially launched on Friday during a cocktail reception held at the Seychelles Tourism Academy at La Misère.

It was signed and presented by Shanti Maurice executive chef Willibad Reinbacher in the presence of Mr. Alain St Ange, Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture.

Aquacasia, through executive chef Reinbacher, is the product of a partnership between Shanti Maurice, a Nira Resort, the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA).

It has been described as the jewels of the Indian Ocean and is a culinary tribute to food developed by local island cultures of the Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Reunion, Indonesia and Western Australia.

It brings together each island’s love of food, the culinary art of the people and an understanding of where it all started.

Other guests present at the launch ceremony were Deepak Balgobin, director of human resources and external affairs of Shanti Maurice; Flavien Joubert, the principal of the STA; among other dignitaries.

In his introductory remarks did Mr. Flavien Joubert, himself the author of culinary books published over the past years, say that Shanti Maurice and STA had signed an MoU five years ago already and plenty of projects have matured between the partners since then.

After an STA delegation visit to Shanti Maurice, the cookbook project came about hence the launch in Seychelles. ‘It is always a fitting time when a group of people sit together to get a book edited and more so to put out the flavours of different countries together‘ said Minister St Ange.

He remarked that a week ago during a ministers’ meeting of the Vanilla Islands, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius suggested they consider the book as ‘the Vanilla Islands’ cookbook.

As for Mr Balgobin, he said in the Indian Ocean islands, relationships and bonding are valued, as well as cultures and the local community.

This book is a symbol that we need to give back something to the community, to the islands. This was being done through the islands’ food, culinary arts and the people‘ he said.

Chef Reinbacher revealed that the idea for such a book came a few years ago and since then the production has been a journey of discovery.

He said it has been a great achievement as the book has been talked about on European TV which is watched by millions of viewers.

The evening also saw a video on the book and all distinguished invitees got a copy afterwards.

(Minister Alain St. Ange seen here with the author of the book)

Bon Appetite it is to readers who can now discover the secrets of the famous Creole Cuisine.