On October 23, 2006, Fatos Pristine was inducted the Order of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France. The following year, on March 31, 2007, Fatos hosted an elaborate ceremony at Cheese Boutique so that the Confrérie could induct nine more Ambassadors of Cheese into the order, including son Afrim Pristine.
This all day event was a rare opportunity in that Knights are not normally honoured outside of France. The Confrerie specifically indicated that the nominees be local to our community in Toronto. In attendance was a delegation of French representation that included the Grand Commander of the Confrerie, Monsieur Jean Arnaud. Members of the community were invited to share in the event and participate in adding awareness for the love of cheese and how it is woven into our city. The day was packed with cuisine events---a showcase of cooking with cheese from some of our most notable French Chefs in Toronto.
About the Confrérie des chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France:
Year founded: 1954
Place: Paris – France
Its history in brief: Forty members of the Comité national de propagande des produits laitiers (France) felt the necessity of conferring on the cheeses of France their letters patent of nobility. As a result they founded the Confrérie Brillat-Savarin de Taste Fromage, which was entered on the civil register of the French Republic on March 18, 1954. A few years later that society became the Confrérie des chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France, as it continues to be known today.
Its mission: To showcase all the great cheeses of France, from the viewpoints of their consumption as is and their involvement in culinary creations;
To see to the preservation of the traditions that connect them to the folklore of French provinces;
To establish or perpetuate, in the same spirit, contacts with societies representing the wines of France, which are the indispensable complement to cheese, and their enhancement;
To assume the role of ambassador for the fine-cheese tradition, both in France and abroad;
And lastly, an in international aspect, to recognize the work and the fine products of other countries (note from the author).
Its structure: A “Grand Conseil” consisting of close to 30 members. The “Grand Conseil” has the responsibility of electing the “Conseil Suprême”, composed of four members known as the “Grands Dignitaires”. The president of the Confrérie is called the “Grand Maître”. The secretary is called the “Grand Chancelier”, the treasurer bears the name of “Grand Chambellan”, and those who head the individual commanderies are known as “Grands Commandeurs”. Regular members are divided into two groups, “Officiers” and “Chevaliers”.
Its motto: “Honni soit qui sans fromage prétend à bonne table rendre hommage.” (Evil be to him who would without cheese pay homage to a fine table.)
Its activities: Both in France and abroad, the Confrérie takes part in expositions, trade shows, fairs and events of all kinds aimed at the promotion of cheese.
In the 50 years of its history the Confrérie has organized more than 800 chapters, into which its members, more than 15,000 of them, have been inducted. The Confrérie has to date established only one chapter on North American soil: in 1997 in Montréal. That chapter was also organized by Saputo.
Its famous names: Personalities as well known as Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Chirac and Alain Prost have been inducted into the Confrérie. Not to mention the Québecers who have already received an initial distinction, including Gilles Jourdenais, Yanick Achim, Louis Aird, Marilou Lorenzo and Ian Picard.