“Goût de France/Good France”
Worldwide Celebration of French Cuisine - “Goût de France/Good France”
(19 March) Rich series of events in India.
On 21 January 2015, Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, along with world-renowned 3-Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, officially launched the “Goût de France/Good France” project. This special initiative will celebrate French gastronomy worldwide, with over 1300 chefs serving a “French-style dinner” on 19 March 2015, on all five continents.
A selection committee of international chefs, headed by Alain Ducasse, unveiled the final list of restaurants participating in Goût de France/Good France”. They reviewed proposals submitted by restaurants all over the world, for a menu representative of French gastronomy following Chef Alain Ducasse’s general guidelines(cf. Note).
Given the importance attached to gastronomy in India, as well as in France, this international event will be celebrated with remarkable resonance in India: 48 restaurants in India will participate in the project, after selection by the committee of international chefs. With this massive participation, India ranks 4th in the world, after Italy (96), Japan (61) and Brazil (55), and just ahead of the United States (46).
1. “Goût de France / Good France”: The menus submitted by participating restaurants to the selection committee of international chefs headed by Alain Ducasse, include:
- A traditional French aperitif: Champagne and gougères (plain or stuffed), or Iced cognac and foie gras
- A cold appetizer and a hot appetizer
- A fish or shell-fish course and one meat or poultry course
- Vegetables to represent the values of healthy eating and environmental responsibility
- One or a selection of French cheeses
- One chocolate dessert
- French wines and one French liqueur
The project “Goût de France / Good France” is rooted in a long-standing history. Back in 1912, the famous Chef Auguste Escoffier started the “Epicurean Dinners”: one day, one menu, served in cities around the world. In 2015, “Goût de France/Good France” takes the idea further. This event will mark the first concrete demonstration of French cuisine being listed under the UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” category. Each participating restaurant has committed to donating 5% of the profits to a local NGO working in the health and environment sectors.
Event pictures can be downloaded on the Embassy of France in India’s Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/franceinindia/sets/72157649986994577/