Rosa Román, President of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Focused on the develop of business and friendship.
Rosa Roman is the first woman to occupy the chair of presidency in La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
With this change, she was the talk of numerous forums of discussion of big media outlets. This event is the first time that a woman was placed in that type of position for the country.
How would you describe La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs?
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the perfect space for gastronomy lovers; food and wine fans interact and share their values to help connect with others. It is the longest and oldest organization on the globe. It has been dated back to 1248, created by French King Luis IX, in order to have different guilds for students, contractors and apprentices. It is also known to be the organization with four centuries of cultivated art of gastronomy and helped create the known rules of professionalism at the table. The group had a difficult time during the French Revolution when the guild was almost dissolved until 1950, where it was renamed and upgraded with more than 25.000 members and 80 countries recognize the group to host their events.
How does La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs differences itself from other groups?
This group is a safe ground for professionals in the world of cuisine as well as help manage amateurs. They share an interest in gastronomy and find it enjoyable. We have found a balance between the high specialized chefs, owners of restaurants, and economists with the people working in the kitchen of the restaurant or in a job that has nothing to do with gastronomy.
How did you, Rosa Roman, acquire the charge of president of this elite group?
Besides my large curriculum and experience, the last president had passed away suddenly, and the company needed to put someone on the chair. I ran as a candidate for the position as well as another position and the board decided who would be elected in a vote system and I was chosen and accepted by Paris afterwards.
Now that you have acquire the position of president, how would you describe what you feel by it?
Vertigo, that’s the best description that I have since occupying the position as president of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at the global level. It means that a lot of people have put their trust in my hands, and this is a huge responsibility. It will make you ask yourself every day in the morning if you are making the right choices. Thankfully I have been able to ask for help and get information from them if I ever need it.
A lot of people would say that is not very common that a woman achieves the president’s chair in an institution filled with mostly men, what would you comment on that?
This is an institution made for and by men and women; not only directed or interested in attracting men. We live in a time of change – changing slowly but steadily into a more efficient and accepting world where women are finally being placed in higher and more rewarding positions. In the near future this will be completely normal and nobody will have doubts or questioning of which gender is in the position.
How would you describe the footprint that you want to make on the group?
As a non-profit organization that works mainly with gastronomy, the footprint that I aspire to leave is easy to understand – I want people to enjoy their time with us. My goal is to help people feel welcome and have the need to come back. Making friends and creating relationships at an international level is the way I want to make our brand grow during my time in this position.
What relationship can be made between the concept of networking and La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs?
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs works as a company but is a non-profit organization with the goal to have people meeting with each other and creating friendships and amplifying their network. In the case of a non-professional member, he would have to interact with a completely different scenario than expected and that will help with having new and enriching information. However, for the professional members, we interact with them in a way by making sure that they get the information easily and feel they belong as a member of our organization.
There is a popular believe that the most important business decisions are discussed on the kitchen table, what’s your opinion about it?
I share the same belief when we discussed the important memories and business of our life. We spent a great deal of time sitting with the people we value and showing our appreciation which is why we feel more comfortable talking about important topics at the kitchen table.
With your experience about the demand on the culinary field, would you think that the network web of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs would be useful and beneficial in future events?
I believe it will be beneficial. We live in a world where gastronomy has been able to reach a large variety of people. All around the world, events are held with the intention to present a product or a person- and all those events come with an important food or beverage for the luxury lifestyle and to help appeal. As long as those events and other cooking shows continue to attract people, we will thrive.
What would you say that are the keys for success in the future for La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs?
The first key for the future and the success is to let the brand extend to farther areas and be recognized by people around the world. The second key is based on the planning and execution of events, so people will enjoy the event and give them a desire to go again. I want the brand to be known for creating connections and friends that can be used in the future. Our vision is that people will expect the events and after a few experiences, join us as members. We work hard with the intention to expand our business and our family.