The Grand Maitre de La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Goute Boudin, Jean-Claude is the son of the first great Chevalier, Aldonce Gotteri, a founding member of the Confrerie and the man who came up with the idea for the international black pudding festival and the brotherhood that organises it. Aldonce was Grand Maitre until his death in 1985.
Jean Claude Gotteri and Jacques Guisembert – Mortagne 2009
When his father died, Jean-Claude took over as Grand Maitre “provisionally” and has been in office ever since. He has the mammoth of task of managing the festival and competition in Mortagne-au-Perche in Normandy every March.
Jean-Claude is a chemist and lives in the nearby village of Nogent-le-Rotrou. None of the pork butchers of Mortagne are ever allowed to become Le Grand Maitre of the black pudding knights. Monsieur Gotteri is an extremely friendly and sociable chap who loves nothing more than inviting huge groups round for dinner and enjoys sailing yachts around the world.
When a new member is enrolled in La Confrerie, it is Jean-Claude who, dressed in ceremonial robes, knights them and pronounces them chevaliers of the black pudding.