Promoting French cuisine

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You wouldn’t think that you would have to celebrate people about French cuisine. Surely it is widely admired and spoken highly off wherever you go?

The French obviously think differently and, for the third time on March 21st, there will be Goût de France/Good France 2017. This is an initiative sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make known, in its words, “the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoyment and respect for high-quality, environmentally-responsible food.”

There are 2,000 participating restaurants around the world of which fifty in the UK will be flying the flag for France. There are 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. This year’s participants will also include four restaurants located in British prisons and run by The Clink Charity. Celebrated French chef Pascal Aussignac will be assisting them in preparing their menus for the big night. That obviously will be a big improvement on the mythical prison food served up by Godber and Lukewarm in the old television series, Porridge.

Many of the restaurants are in London but there is always Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. Edinburgh supplies the next largest contingent of restaurants with Bia Bistro, Brasseries Les Amis, Le Roi Fou, Number One, Patisserie Maxime and Restaurant Martin Wishart. There are also three other Scottish restaurants, Café boheme in Aberdeen, Taste in Cumbernauld and La Bonne Auberge in Glasgow.

Elsewhere, there are no participating restaurants in Northern Ireland and just that prison restuarant, The Clink Restaurant in Cardiff, that I mentioned earlier.

In England, outside London, there is Lazenby’s on York Place in Scarborough, Maison bleue in Bury St Edmonds and Plateau in The Art School Restaurant and The Art School Restaurant in Liverpool. Finally, there are The Clarendon Hotel in Hebden and The Escoffier in Bournemouth.

The idea for Goût de France/Good France han’t been widely followed. Yet inttoducing us to a nation or area’s cuisine is an obvious way of stimulating tourism.



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