The Epicurean

Roger Federer

Record breaker and unequalled champion, Roger Federer is considered as the best tennis player of all time, so he doesn’t leave anything to chance, especially not the art of ‘savoir vivre’ which he handles, like everything else, with perfection. The ambassador for Moët & Chandon shares some of his secrets about the ‘art of hosting’ to win your next 'home' match.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE GOOD TASTE?

I think that good taste is difficult to define, but you know it when you see it (or when you don’t see it!) It’s a certain style and elegance with a touch of glamour. I believe that you can find good taste in different places – in how you conduct yourself on the court, in fashion, around the table…it’s all in your perspective!

WHAT DOES THE (YOUR) FUTURE TASTE LIKE?

Sweet! I’m having a great time in my career and in my life right now. I’m training, playing, and taking pleasure in the process. And when I’m not playing, I’m able to step back and enjoy, spending time with my wife and kids. That’s one of the most important things to me now and that I hope to continue in the future; keeping a perspective that allows me to take it all in.

IF YOUR SPORT WAS A DRINK, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?

Tennis is definitely like champagne! It’s lively and effervescent, exciting and elegant. And they’re both things that inspire me to constantly learn more. I’m passionate about learning from tennis every day, and always finding ways to refine my game. And I think that champagne is one of life’s great pleasures, so I like to learn about how it’s created…and taste the results, of course!

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© Moët & Chandon, Roger Federer by Giampaolo Sgura

WHAT DOES THE ART OF HOSTING MEAN TO YOU?

For me, hosting means the opportunity to create and share a special moment. I like to celebrate milestone moments, successes, or even just quiet moments with family and friends. I like to celebrate with Moët & Chandon because the burst of champagne bubbles creates a joyful ambiance that honors the moment.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST COMFORTABLE WHILE BEING ENTERTAINED?

I’m most comfortable when the person who is entertaining is comfortable. I don’t think that you need anything overly formal to entertain. Good friends, good food and drink, good music – that’s all you need to make a great atmosphere and put me at ease!

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A GREAT EVENING? IS THERE A MAGICAL INGREDIENT?

A great evening is anytime that I’m surrounded by people I love. But if there’s a magic ingredient, it would probably be wine! When the wine comes out, the conversations start up, and everyone begins to enjoy the moment together. My appreciation for wine comes from my parents. For example, when we would visit my mother’s family in South Africa, my father would get excited about the great wines that they have there.

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WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD AND DRINK?

I love to eat and drink well, but always in moderation, so I wouldn’t consider any of my pleasures to be guilty. I do love Swiss foods like raclette and fondue. You can take the boy out of Switzerland…

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL WAY OF ENJOYING FINE DINING WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE?

When it comes to the people I love, the best way to dine is at home. I really like going out to restaurants when I’m traveling for my work, and exploring destinations through food and drink. But there’s nothing like being relaxed at home and getting my family and friends together to enjoy a great evening.

WHEN ENTERTAINING AT HOME, WHAT IS YOUR SECRET WEAPON?

I’ll admit it, I’m not a very good cook. So my secret weapon is my choice of wines! Some of my favorites are Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1998, Grand Vintage 2004 and Grand Vintage 2006. For me, these vintages represent key moments of achievement in my career. I’m thrilled that Moët & Chandon crafted these great wines that I can serve to accompany my dinners! Also, it’s fun to impress my friends by having them discover Moët Ice Impérial, which is served over ice.