The Cannes Film Festival’s Haïti benefit dinner: a Michelin-star chef prepares a grand meal

The Festival de Cannes has helped fund-raise this year for the earthquake victims in Haïti. The Haïti: Carnival in Cannes gala dinner was presented on Friday by Giorgio Armani, supporting Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Paul Haggis’s Artists for Peace and Justice, and Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts’ Fund.
Photographed by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/WireImage

At the Haïti: Carnival in Cannes benefit dinner: Virginie Ledoyen and Melissa George.

   Guests photographed include Virginie Ledoyen, Melissa George, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joshua Jackson and Diane Krüger, Gerard Butler, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jessica Chastain, Jimmy Jean-Louis, and Lyle Lovett.
   The benefit is a rare event for Festival de Cannes. In 1984, it held a benefit screening of Il était une fois, l’Amérique, by Sergio Leone, to help the Institut Pasteur, and in 1996, it screened Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Elective Affinities, in support of the reconstruction of the Fenice.
   The dinner was overseen by chef Bruno Oger, of the two Michelin star Villa Archangel, with the help of Electrolux.
   The Electrolux Agora Pavilion has been behind some of the Festival de Cannes’ best meals. The gala dinner on Wednesday saw a collaboration between Oger and Rasmus Kofoed (a Bocuse d’Or medal winner).
   At the gala dinner were Freida Pinto, Jessica Chastain, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Eva Longoria, Dolores Chaplin, Julie Gayet, and Tilda Swinton. Other celebrities arriving on the red carpet earlier in the day were Lana Del Rey, Jane Fonda, Diane Krüger, Virginie Ledoyen, Fan Bing Bing, Phoebe Price, Eva Herzigova, Vahina Giocante, Hofit Golan, Harvey Weinstein, Chris Pine, Sarah Marshall, Jean-Claude Jitrois, Daphnée Roulier and Michel Hazanavicius. The full story appears in Lucire.
   Frédérique Pirenne, European PR director for Electrolux said in a release, ‘The Festival is an internationally renowned stage for originality so for the 65th anniversary we wanted to deliver an opening event that reflects the talent and inventiveness that have contributed to its success. We’ve worked with Michelin star chefs for over 90 years, helping to support their creative endeavours in the kitchen, so it makes sense that we honour the festival with a dining experience that matches the artistry of the attendees.’

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