On 19th March 2015, the event “Gout de France” (Taste of France) will be held for the first time in restaurants and French Embassies in 150 countries across 5 continents to honor French gastronomy, of which, seventeen chefs from Viet Nam will join in.
“Gout de France” is initiated by the world-famous chef Alain Ducasse (3 Michelin stars), and French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius. It is inspired by the 1912 Les Diners d’Epicure (Epicurean Diners) initiated by Auguste Escoffier, a well-known French chef, in which one menu was served in different cities around the world on the same day.
In Viet Nam, 17 reputable chefs from Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An will join in “Gout de France” together with more than 1,000 chefs in various locations worldwide to prepare approximately 1,500 dinners with 1,000 menus. Each chef will cook a special menu with typical French cuisine including a traditional French aperitif, a cold starter, a hot starter, fish or shellfish, meat or poultry, French cheese, chocolate dessert, and French wines or liqueurs.
The participating restaurants will decide the cost of their menus and save 5% of turnover for a non-governmental organization in the country for public health or environmental protection.
Speaking at the press conference on March 11th, the French Ambassador to Viet Nam said that Viet Nam is one of the Southeast Asian countries contributing the greatest number of chefs in the event. He hoped the event organized in Viet Nam will be very attractive and impressive to visitors.
Mr. Le Vu Binh – a chef from Le Cafe Lautrec restaurant of the Hotel de l’Opera expressed that the passion for gastronomy encouraged him to join in Gout de France, a continental-scale event and he also hoped to promote the diversity of Viet Nam’s ingredients which help create delicious dishes in this event.