‘Good France’ event spreads global word on good gastronomy

Source:AFP Published: 2017/4/1 0:43:39

A self-confessed nation of gastronomes, France on March 21 showcased its famous cuisine by hosting "Good France," a global promotion of its mouthwatering morsels.

Some 2,000 restaurants from Bogota to Wuhan, 71 ­culinary schools and 150 French embassies are hosting the promotion, a joint initiative by top chef Alain Ducasse and the foreign ministry.

The event, which was first held in 2015 to "pay homage to the excellence of French ­cuisine," is focusing on training for catering-related ­industries to promote the French art of eating.

The event gathered international students of the arts of culinary preparation and presentation as the selected restaurants and embassies concocted 1500 innovative "French dinners," for all budgets.

"To speak of French cuisine is to speak of joie de vivre, levity, optimism and pleasure," Ducasse said ahead of the ­offering, adding such concepts were "central ideas" going to the heart of the French soul.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that this year's edition of the event prioritized "training in careers related to catering, hotels and tourism," in order to spread the word on the importance of good eating.

Ayrault added that the ­promotion, inspired by ­Auguste Escoffier's 1912 ­Dinners of Epicure project to offer the same menu on the same days in cities across the globe, would "promote ­gastronomy and thereby France's image as a tourist destination."

Escoffier was a famed chef, restaurateur and writer on all matters relating to haute ­cuisine who was called by many the "king of chefs and chef of kings."

Ayrault expressed the hope the promotion would encourage young people "to perpetuate the art of cooking."

Catering students attending the global promotion will be offered internships at French embassies, while in Britain, both French and non-French chefs offered "taste education" sessions at a handful of schools.

In Paris, six of the capital's most renowned catering schools offered some 6,000 nibbles to tourists visiting the Arc de Triomphe.

Last year's edition de France saw more than 200,000 guests regaled with the finest cuisine in 1,700 restaurants and 150 embassies.

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