Ambassador hosts 2018 Goût de France dinner
On 21 March 2018, dinners served simultaneously around the world showcased French cuisine, its capacity for innovation and its values: sharing, enjoyment and respect for high-quality, environmentally-responsible food.
In London, Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet hosted a dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc OBE, French Residence chef Gilles Quillot and the UK’s World Pastry Cup team for 2019.
Guests included Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, author Kazuo Ishiguro, the New Statesman’s Jason Cowley, Sky News presenter Kay Burley, FT deputy editor Roula Khalaf, sailor Alex Thomson and many others guests from the economic, diplomatic, political, media and cultural worlds.
The Ambassador said: "French cuisine is a showcase of positive French values, imbued with the warmth associated with the pleasures of the table."
Goût de France is an annual global event supported by Alain Ducasse and the French Foreign Ministry, with 3,000 restaurants participating worldwide this year. Forty restaurants across the UK took part.
This year, Embassy chef Gilles Quillot was challenged to prepare a menu for under £10 (excluding wine), to demonstrate that a high-quality meal can be created at low cost, making fine dining more accessible.
In addition to 21 March, the French Embassy has carried out many other gastronomic activities.
Under its partnership with The Clink Charity and its restaurants, Aubaine’s head chef Anthony Ekizian and its pastry chef were sent to give a masterclass for inmates at Brixton prison.
The Embassy has also continued its partnership with the charity Chefs Adopt a School. This involves French and British chefs visiting bilingual schools together to raise awareness among schoolchildren about healthy eating.
British schoolchildren have also been invited to lunch at the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres and the Lycée Winston Churchill to promote the concept of “eating well”.
The restaurants and chefs participating in this year’s Goût de France are diverse, with many British chefs taking part, and a wide range of restaurants from newly-opened bistros to some of the most renowned restaurants in the world.
Participating restaurants in the UK
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet, London
Augustine Kitchen, Chef Franck Raymond, London
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Chef Raymond Blanc, OBE, Oxfordshire
Bia bistrot, Chefs Roisin Llorente & Matthias Llorente, Edinburgh
Brasserie Joel, Chef Walter Ishizuka, London
Cépages Wine Bistro, Chef Dan Cohen, London
Chelsea Creperie, Chef Bastien Bastien Guillon, London
Cigalon, Chefs Julien Carlon and Christophe Gravelot, London
Club Gascon, Chef Pascal Aussignac, London
Comptoir Gascon, Chef Valentin Verdenet, London
Frenchie Covent Garden, Chef Greg Marchand, London
Galvin at Windows, Chef Galvin Chris, London
Gazette Putney & Gazette Balham, Chef Pascal Even, London
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Chef Jeremy Page, London
Lazenby’s on York Place, Chef Simon Lazenby, Scarborough
Les Douceurs de la Tentation, Dimitra Agapidis, London
L’Escargot, Chef James Tyrrell, London
La Muse Bistro, Chef Akif Gunal, London
Le Petit Nantais, Chef Jean-Philippe Gravier, East Molesey
Le Roi Fou, Chef Henry Jerome, Edinburgh
Maison bleue, Chef Pascal Canevet, Bury St Edmunds
Mamie’s, Chef Allan Hesry, London
Mange Tout Brighton, Chef Gregory Jeanselme, Brighton
Park House, Chef Andrew Frost, Cardiff
Pillars University of West London, Chefs Michael Coaker & Nathan Vasanthan, Ealing
Rivea London, Chef Antonio Corsaro, London
Taste, Chef Paul Clark, Cumbernauld
The Art School Restaurant, Chef Paul Askew, Liverpool
The Clarendon Hotel, Chef Lionel Strub, Hebden
The Escoffier, Chef Mark Alderman, Bournemouth
The Greenhouse, Chef Arnaud Bignon, London
The Clink Restaurant, Paul Clarkson, Kerry Rickett, Sebastien Vanoni & Brendan Gough, Brixton, Wilmslow, Cardiff & Sutton
Toulouse Lautrec, Chef Florent Regent, London
Très Bon Raymond, Chef Kirsty Richardson, Leeds
Wilks restaurant, Chef James Wilkins, Bristol
To see all the photos from the French Embassy’s 2018 gala dinner, click the image below: