Finland Chapitre

Bailliage of Turku, Finland
Turku, March 12, 2022

At the historic Scandic Hamburger Börs Hotel
" There were 126 participants who made the most of being able to celebrate together "

This winter Gala Induction event was titled the “Pearl Chapitre, named after its time and venue.

It was held at the recently-renovated, historic Scandic Hamburger Börs Hotel. The iconic establishment has been hosting guests since 1894 first as a restaurant with the hotel opening its doors to guests in 1904.

Enjoying a top location right in the centre of Turku by the market square, the elegantly refurbished hotel provides unforgettable hotel experiences in a modern setting.

In the presence of Bailli Délégué Johanna Hornborg-Ojala, the Inducting Officer was Chancelier Juha Ojamo in his capacity as a Member of the Conseil Magistral. He was assisted by Conseiller Culinaire Esa Koppelo. The Induction Ceremony for the Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD) was handled by Tarmo Koskenoja, Vice-Échanson of Turku with Professionnel du Vin Päivi Eklund as announcer.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra played at the opening and closing of the Induction Ceremony including a wonderful fanfare played on the Alpine horn by Markku Kolehmainen.

The pearl-themed Gala Dinner was enjoyed in the banquet hall located in the hotel’s historic Art Nouveau wing. General Manager Mikko Henriksson confirmed that during the refurbishment the Art Nouveau features were protected and renovated.

A historic, very memorable place for the people of Turku certainly evoked feelings for everyone. The dinner not only celebrated the “Pearl Chapitre” with the inducted members, but also the 45th anniversary of the Turku municipality.

The event as a whole was very successful. There were 126 participants who made the most of being able to celebrate together without restrictions at last.

Also at the Gala Dinner, the National Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition prizes were awarded. Otto Hietamies was declared winner of the 2022 Final. Accordingly, he will represent Finland in the International Final in Mexico in October.

In his Inducting Officer’s report to President Yam Atallah, Chancelier Juha Ojamo observed that the hotel provided outstanding food and attentive service. The fresh food ingredients from southwestern Finland were excellent. The evening included great wines and several glasses of champagne. It was a warm and relaxed occasion.

Ed. This article is based on a report received in Finnish from Bailli Riitta Hirvonen, together with the Induction Officer’s report

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