Euro-toques, the European Community of Cooks, is a pan-European organisation representing over 3,500 chefs and cooks, with national branches in many European countries. The organisation was established in Brussels in 1986 by Belgian chef Pierre Romeyer of Le Maison de Bouche, a well-known three star Michelin restaurant. The initiative stemmed from concerns about a potential threat to culinary traditions and food quality in the face of increasing European legislation and open markets. Mr. Romeyer invited eminent and like-minded chefs from several European countries to join him in implementing his ideals. The founding members included Gualtiero Marchesi from Italy, Juan-Mari Arzak from Spain, Paul Bocuse from France, Cas Spijker from the Netherlands and Myrtle Allen from Ireland. Each founding then chef established a Euro-toques branch in their own country, selecting exceptional chefs to support them in their task.
Official recognition was awarded to Euro-toques by Jacques Delors, then president of the EC. The organisation is recognised by the E.U. as promoter of quality food and a lobby group on food related legislation. Euro-toques continues to lobby at EU level through its international office in Brussels, while each national branch is responsible for lobbying its own government and state bodies, and arranging events and activities, to protect the food quality and culinary traditions of their country.
To find out more about Euro-toques International please visit this website: http://euro-toques.org/
Euro-toques Ireland was also established in 1986, by Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House in Cork. She was assisted in setting up the Irish branch by her fellow founding Commissioners John Howard of Le Coq Hardi in Dublin, Declan Ryan of Arbutus Lodge in Cork, and Gerry Galvin of Drimcong House in Galway. Today the membership is made up of about180 chefs; most of them active in restaurant kitchens, some in catering and consultancy, others engaged in teaching; who support the philosophy of sourcing top quality local and seasonal food ingredients to serve to their customers, therefore delivering foods of flavour, authenticity and provenance. Euro-toques Ireland is a non-profit organisation, financed by membership subscriptions and sponsorship from a number of selected companies and related bodies.