Gastronomy – Official launch of Goût de / Good France 2016
Strong participation of Indian restaurants in this must-attend international culinary event.
Paris, 28 January 2016
Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, along with world-renowned 3-Michelin-starred Chef Alain Ducasse, presented, on 28 January 2016 in Paris, the 1,500 restaurants spread across all five continents that will participate in the 2nd annual Goût de / Good France event on Monday 21stMarch 2016.
Following the success of the first edition, Minister Fabius desired to continue this special initiative. Thus, every year, on 21st March – on the spring equinox –, French gastronomy and the values that it embodies will be celebrated around the world. The French diplomatic network is rising to the occasion: this year, 150 ambassadors will host a dinner to showcase this theme.
Similar to last year, these restaurants – which were selected by a committee of French and international celebrated chefs* – will dish up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine, making it a must-attend international culinary event. This initiative aims, over the space of a one-of-a-kind dinner, to salute the excellence of French cuisine, its innovative skills, its openness to influences from all over the world (participating chefs are encouraged to blend rather than efface their own culinary culture with that of France), and the values it conveys: bringing people together over a shared meal, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature.
Once again, this event will be celebrated with remarkable resonance in India: 51 Indian restaurants across the country have been selected participate in the project (up from 47 last year), placing India among the top participating countries. The full list is available here: http://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/en/participating-restaurants?field_restaurant_name_value=&field_restaurant_type_value=All&field_country_value=Inde&field_city_value=&field_region_value_i18n=All.
Given the importance attached to gastronomy in India, and thanks to this strong participation of Indian restaurants and their talented chefs, the Goût de / Good France initiative should again be a great success in India.
Food lovers are now requested to choose their restaurant and save the date so as not to miss this unique opportunity to enjoy and share, over the space of one evening, the taste of France in India!
- The committee, headed by Chef Alain Ducasse, reviewed proposals submitted by restaurants all over the world, for a menu representative of French gastronomy following Chef Ducasse’s general guidelines.
The project Goût de / Good France is rooted in a long-standing history. In 1912, Auguste Escoffier started Les Dîners d’Épicure (Epicurean Diners): the idea was that for one day, one menu would be served in cities around the world, to as many guests as possible.
In 2015, the first edition of Goût de / Good France, launched by Mr Laurent Fabius under the aegis of Chef Alain Ducasse, took the idea further, inviting many different types of eateries to participate in the global event: bistro, coffee bar, contemporary or haute cuisine restaurants… Spoiled for choice, gourmet diners were able to pick their preferred ambience.
This event marked the first concrete demonstration of French cuisine being listed under the UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” category.
This year again, an international communication plan will be made available to participating chefs to promote their dishes and their savoir-faire all over the world.
The event will be publicized through various media by the embassies of France, the French tourism development agency - Atout France, "Goût de / Good France" on social media and the press, and by major partner media (TV and radio, including France Media Monde (RFI, France 24, MCD) andTV5 Monde).
As of now, the participating restaurants are being given pride of place on the official website of tourism in France www.france.fr in 17 languages.
“Talking about cuisine, French cuisine, is also talking about joie de vivre, delicacy, optimism, and pleasure. Ideas that are all crucial to the image of France.” — Celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse.
Nearly a third of the tourists who come to France cite wine tasting and gastronomy as being among the main reasons for their choice of destination. Operation Goût de France therefore highlights the French art of living and regional products, while at the same time promoting France as a destination.