A guide on yacht provisions from Monaco
Written by Michael Henson
Last updated: 09/06/2016
Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world, yet it’s also one of the wealthiest places on earth; richly populated with luxury food and provisioning specialists. Given its location, the cuisine of Monaco is heavily influenced by French and Italian styles.
Monaco’s location on the sea means seafood dominates the menu. This allows superyacht chefs to source some of the freshest fish available, the most common in the region is cod and anchovy, although dozens exist.
In addition to this, the country has a great growing climate as numerous fresh fruits and vegetables, such as onions, garlic, and olives (or olive oil) are readily available and should also be sourced when in the area. There are a number of reasons why using local and seasonal produce will benefit yacht chefs when cooking dishes for their guests. Taste, variety, health, budget and even the environment will all benefit by deciding to cook a meal that’s been sourced locally. See this guide on seasonal and local food specifically made for yacht chefs.
Speciality dishes from Monaco for yacht chefsThe national food of Monaco is Stocafi which has cod as the main ingredient. This food is combined with tomato sauce to make it irresistible. Other local specialities yacht chefs could prepare for their guests visiting the area are;
- Barbagiuan: sweet pastry filled with rice, cheese, leeks, and either pumpkin or spinach
- Fougasse: another sweet pastry made from orange-infused pastry and topped with nuts and anise seeds
- Socca: pancakes made with chickpea flour
Pastries are common in Monaco. The Barbagiuan and the Fougasse are the favourite pick of the locals and charter guests would be sure to love them.
And then there’s the Galapian, a tart so grand you’ll have guests coming back year after year. Slices of candied cantaloupe enrobed with a light almond cake, studded with brilliant maraschino cherry drops and glazed with lavender honey, which will give instant glamour to any dinner.
Expert advice from a local yacht provisioner in Monaco
A leading Monaco provisioner who asked to remain anonymous gave Yachting Pages their top three tips.
1) Just because you are in Monaco don’t let that be a reason for the price of your provisions to be extortionate. Get two or three quotes from different provisioners who will deliver and play them off each other. You will be surprised how much that original quote will come down.
2) Ask where the provisoiner will be sourcing their supplies. Ensure that the food in particular has not travelled too far as this will make the taste substandard. There is no reason why most food can’t be sourced locally and if they do not it is purely to make more profit. Be weary of this.
3) Plan ahead. If you give a provisioner enough time they will be able to get you everything needed just at the time you need it delivered. However if you ask the night before, even though it may possible usually there will be some kind of extra fee, and you wont have any time to ensure the quality is high.