Good France UK launched at Ambassador’s Residence
The Ambassador hosted participating chefs at the launch of Good France / Goût de France, the annual celebration of French gastronomy, taking place on 21 March
8 March 2016
Participating chefs from all across the UK, as well as food journalists, came to the French Residence on Monday 7 March as Ambassador Bermann officially launched Good France / Goût de France in the UK.
Among the head chefs was Raymond Blanc from Belmond Le Manoir, Jean-Philippe Blondet from Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Walter Ishizuka, from Brasserie Joël.
In her speech the Ambassador said: "I’m very pleased that so many  restaurants all over the UK, from London to Cumbernauld, from Suffolk to Scarborough, are joining us on 21 March in this global celebration of French food and drink.
"Goût de France will provide an exceptional opportunity to savour the dishes of the world’s finest gastronomy – from well-loved classics to the boldest innovations and fusion cuisine, which all promote the best of French cuisine today."
The annual Good France / Goût de France event can be traced back to Auguste Escoffier, the famous chef of the beginning of the 20th century, who in 1912 launched the Dîners d’Épicure (Epicurean Dinners): the same menu, the same day, in several cities across the world, for as many diners as possible.
In 2015, Alain Ducasse resurrected the idea and suggested it to the then French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius and together they mobilized as many chefs as possible to serve a French gastronomic menu on the same day in restaurants around the world: this year, will be 21 March.
At the launch event on Monday night, French Residence chef Gilles Quillot prepared an exceptional menu of hot, cold and sweet canapés from across France’s regions served alongside Ruinart Brut Champagne and a selection of red and white wine.
Also present were sponsors Valrhona who served up dark and milk chocolates; cheesemakers Androuet of London, who provided a cheese board, and cast iron casserole specialists Staub, whose products were on display throughout the evening.
To find out which restaurants are participating in this year’s Good France / Goût de France visit goodfrance.com