(This feature was published in GMA News Online last March 13, 2017)
Did you know that French cuisine has been named by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity? In fact, it is the only cuisine in the world to be part of its Intangible Heritage list.
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to fly all the way to Paris to be able to taste this cuisine, as the Philippines will be joining the Goût de France event that celebrates French gastronomy.
On March 21, this worldwide affair will feature French cuisine by chefs from different countries. An annual event since the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development organized it in 2015, the Goût de France was inspired by legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier’s idea to serve the same menu on the same day and in different cities across the globe.
This year, 2,000 chefs will prepare 2,000 menus across five continents. In the Philippines, 10 restaurants run by nine chefs will take part in this celebration:
- Apéro and D&B – Duck & Buvette (Jacq Tan),
- Cav Wine Shop-Café (Victor Magsaysay),
- Corner Tree Café (Francesca Mabanta),
- Novotel Manila’s Gourmet Bar (Michael Schauss),
- La Crêperie (Chris Bautista),
- Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant (Kevin Endaya),
- Raffles Makati’s Mirèio (Nicolas Cegretin),
- Enderun College’s Restaurant 101 (Justin Baradas), and
- Hotel Benilde’s Vatel Restaurant Manila (Pierre Cornelis).
“It is an opportunity for Filipinos to get a better feel of France through different aspects—culture, technology and also what we call art de vivre, the way of living. And obviously a part of art de vivre in France and in the Philippines is good food, good cuisine, fun cuisine,” said French Ambassador Thierry Mathou at a media preview for the event at Vatel Restaurant in Manila.
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