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We wear chains which denominate our class of membership. Chains are only awarded at an Annual Intronisation event; the event at which we welcome new members and promote members. Chains can only be awarded by a Conseil Magistral who flies in for the event and who reports individual attendance to Headquarters in Paris. You are required to countersign the documents dispatched to Paris. The Conseil Magistral is distinguished by a Red Collar. If you cannot attend the Intronisation, you must wait for your chain until the next Intronisation. With sufficient advance notice it may also be possible to arrange for the chain to be presented by a Conseil Magistral at the Intronisation of another Bailliage if that is later than our own and is convenient.

CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP AND REGALIA

Professional Membership
KITCHEN
RÔTISSEUR
The initial Professional grade of La Chaîne. Reserved for a young commis.
Silver medal and chain on orange ribbon decorated with a “Rôtisseur” insignia
CHEF RÔTISSEUR
Chef in charge of a kitchen.
Silver medal and chain on orange ribbon edged in red decorated with a “Rôtisseur” insignia
MAÎTRE RÔTISSEUR
Owner/manager or director of a restaurant involved in the running of the kitchen.
Silver medal and chain on orange ribbon with two red stripes, with “Rôtisseur” insignia
OFFICIER MAITRE ROTISSEUR
Promotion for a Maître Rôtisseur.
Gold medal and chain on orange ribbon with two red stripes with “Rôtisseur” insignia
GRAND OFFICIER MAÎTRE RÔTISSEUR
Special promotion for an Officier Maitre Rôtisseur, possible after ten years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President. Gold medal and chain on orange ribbon with a red stripe in the middle and « Rôtisseur » insignia
 
FRONT OF HOUSE / RESTAURANT / WINE
PROFESSIONAL DE LA TABLE
Young professional who works with a roasting spit. Silver medal and chain; no ribbon.
CHEF DE TABLE
Maitre d’Hôtel or Chef de Rang who, if need be, cooks at the table.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon with orange stripe
PROFESSIONAL DU VIN
A person directly involved in viticulture.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon with an orange stripe with grape escutcheon.
SOMMELIER
Sommelier or Chef de Cave.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon with orange stripe with silver grape escutcheon
MAÎTRE DE TABLE
Owner/manager or director of a restaurant and not himself involved with the running of the kitchen in this establishment.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon with orange stripe edged in light blue
MAÎTRE HÔTELIER
Owner/manager or director of an hotel.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon with orange stripe edged in light blue with “Hotel” insignia
MAÎTRE SOMMELIER
Head Sommelier of a restaurant.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in light blue with orange stripe with silver grape escutcheon
OFFICIER MAITRE DE TABLE
Promotion for a Maître de Table.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in red with orange stripe
OFFICIER MAITRE HOTELIER
Promotion for a Maître Hôtelier.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in red with an orange stripe, with “Hotel” insignia
OFFICIER MAITRE SOMMELIER
Promotion for a Maître Sommelier.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in red with an orange stripe with silver grape escutcheon
GRAND OFFICIER MAÎTRE DE TABLE
Special promotion for an Officier Maître de Table, possible after ten years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged with two red stripes and an orange stripe in the middle
GRAND OFFICIER MAÎTRE HÔTELIER
Special promotion for an Officier Maître Hôtelier, possible after ten years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged with two red stripes and an orange stripe in the middle with “Hotel” insignia
GRAND OFFICIER MAÎTRE SOMMELIER
Special promotion for an Officier Maître Sommelier, possible after ten years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged with two red stripes and an orange stripe in the middle with silver grape escutcheon
 
NON-PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
CHEVALIER / DAME DE LA CHAINE
The initial nonprofessional grade of La Chaîne.
Silver medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in blue
OFFICIER
Promotion for a Chevalier or a Dame de la Chaîne. Also for a special member, or President of an Association to be honoured.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon edged in red
GRAND OFFICIER
Exceptional promotion for an Officier – a gastronome who has distinguished himself through his efforts for La Chaîne, possible after ten years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on purple ribbon with two red stripes and an orange stripe in the middle
PAIR DE LA CHAÎNE
Exceptional promotion for a Grand Officier, possible after fifteen years in La Chaîne, but only with approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on a purple ribbon, edged in orange
 
HONORARY TITLES
CHEVALIER D’HONNEUR
High honorary title, given to a very important person or celebrity. Awarded only with the approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on burgundy ribbon
GRAND OFFICIER D’HONNEUR
Highest honorary title, given to Royalty, Head of State or Ministers. Awarded only with the approval of the President.
Gold medal and chain on burgundy ribbon, edged in gold braid
 
MANAGEMENT
BAILLIAGE
BUREAU
Gold medal and chain on blue ribbon
Bailli
Gold medal and chain on green ribbon
BAILLIAGE NATIONAL
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
Gold medal and chain on blue ribbon edged in gold braid
BAILLIE DÉLÉGUÉ
Gold medal and chain on green ribbon edged in gold braid
INTERNATIONAL
CONSEIL MAGISTRAL
Gold medal and chain on red ribbon edged in gold braid
CONSEIL D’ADMINISTRATION
Gold medal and chain on red ribbon edged in gold braid

HONORARIAT

Members retiring from the Bureau of a Bailliage or a Bailliage Provincial or a Bailliage National may take “Honoraire” status with the approval of the Bailli Délégué and the President. Members retiring from the Conseil Magistral or Conseil d’Administration may take “Honoraire” status with the approval of the President. This status is signified by the addition of the word “Honoraire” to the management title. The Conseil d'Administration may decide to award insignia showing “honoraire” and/or “active” status.

AWARDS

Awards as below may be made to members for long service or to reward contribution made to the organisation and management of La Chaîne.

The “COMMANDEUR” badge will be given upon request to all members, after twenty years of uninterrupted membership in La Chaîne since the date of intronisation.

The “OFFICIER COMMANDEUR” badge will be given upon request to all members, after thirty years of uninterrupted membership in La Chaîne since the date of intronisation.

The “GRAND COMMANDEUR” badge will be given upon request to all members, after forty years of uninterrupted membership in La Chaîne since the date of intronisation.

BADGES AND OTHER ACCOUTREMENTS

In addition to the formal regalia mentioned above, there is a significant amount of other accoutrements. There is a badge for the Bailliage National in Bangkok and for the Bailliage Régional de Phuket en Thaïlande which may be attached to the regalia collar.. There are many other accoutrements such as cufflinks, car badges, and plates which may be collected. Details of many of these are contained in our magazine.

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