11 chefs in Manila, Cebu join global celebration of French gastronomic heritage
in celebration of Goût de France / Good France.
Tourism and gastronomy
In 2015, France attracted over 83 million foreign tourists, making it once again the leading tourist destination in the world. Of these international arrivals, one third mention food and wine as reasons for choosing to visit France. This rich gastronomic heritage was recognized when the “gastronomic meal of the French” was included in UNESCO’s Intanglible Cultural Heritage List in 2010. Moreover, the French tourism industry accounts for around 7% of it’s annual GDP, making it a key contributor to France’s economic growth.
This recognition of the interrelation between tourism and gastronomy is the spirit behind Goût de France / Good France.
Goût de France / Good France in the world…
Goût de France / Good France was launched by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and chef Alain Ducasse in 2015 with the aim of highlighting the culinary tradition of France, which values high-quality, innovative, and environmentally responsible cuisine, while promoting France as a prime destination for tourists.
Last year, chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world were screened and chosen by a committee of experts led by Alain Ducasse to offer a French menu in their restaurants with a traditional French aperitif, a cold starter, a hot starter, fish or shellfish, meat or poultry, a French cheese (or cheeseboard), a dessert, and French wines and digestifs, while remaining free to highlight their own culinary traditions and cultures.
These menus will be served to the public on March 21, 2016 – 1 French dinner prepared by 1,000 chefs from 150 countries all over the world, including the Philippines.
… and in the Philippines
Following the screening process, 10 restaurants were selected to participate in Goût de France in the Philippines: L’Aubergine (Taguig) with Chef Julian Koeberl, Le Bistro d'Agathe (Makati City) with Chef Michel Herbert, Bizu Patisserie & Bistro (Makati City) with Chef Alexander Tanco, Champêtre Boutique & Restaurant (Taguig) with Chef Marc Aubry, Impressions (Pasay City) with Chef Cyrille Soenen, Lemuria (Quezon City) with Chef Kevin Endaya, Enderun College's Restaurant 101 (Taguig) with Chef Justin Baradas, Sofitel’s Spiral Manila (Pasay City) with Chefs Denis Vecchiato and Paul Cottanceau-Pocard, and Hotel Benilde's Vatel Restaurant (Manila) with Chef Pierre Cornelis.
Goût de France / Good France also reaches Cebu for the first time with the participation of La Maison Rose with Chef Adrien Guerrey.
As part of this campaign, Mr. Bruno Quenioux, a French wine specialist, will also be holding wine tasting sessions on March 22 at Hotel Benilde’s Vatel Restaurant and on March 23 at La Vie Parisienne in Makati City.
To know more about the menus and to make a reservation, please contact the participating restaurants. For more information on Goût de France, visit www.ambafrance-ph.org or find the Embassy of France to the Philippines on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyManila.
Share your French culinary experience with us online by tagging @FrenchEmbassyPH and using the hashtag #GoodFrance.