Goût de France 2019: A global celebration of French gastronomy and responsible cuisine
BONJOUR! The biggest French dinner in the world returns for its 5th edition of Goût de France happening on March 21, 2019! First launched in 2015 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned French Chef Alain Ducasse, Goût de France (or “Good France”) is a worldwide festivities event organized by 150 countries. It aims to celebrate French cuisine, its traditions, and its values over a grand gastronomic evening on the same date, all over the world!
Inspired by Epicurean Dinners and Responsible Cuisine
There’s nothing like a good and proper French meal. And that’s why on March 21, 2019, each of the 26 participating chefs in the Philippines will serve a traditional French menu in their respective restaurants. The epicurean dinner consists of starter, main course, cheeses, dessert, accompanied by French wines and spirits. Each menu is aimed to highlight the richness of French gastronomy while featuring local culinary traditions and ingredients from the Philippines.
Trivia: Did you know that French cuisine ranks top 3 in the list of favorite cuisines around the world? Based on a recent global food survey.
Goût de France 2019 also dedicates a particular focus on responsible cuisine. Participating chefs are encouraged to offer “planet-friendly” menus to diners. This means serving “good food” that use less fat, sugar, and salt. All in the effort to follow through with France’s commitment to the fight against climate change and environment sustainability.
26 Participating Chefs in the 5th Goût de France
Along with 5,000 others all over the world, a record number of 26 chefs are participating in this year’s Goût de France in the Philippines. Happening in both Metro Manila and key cities in the Philippines, expect a global culinary festival for Goût de France 2019 from the following chefs:
- Jacq Tan of Apero and Duck & Buvette
- Ariel Manuel of Bistro Manuel
- Didier Derouet of Cafe Adriana by Hill Station (Baguio City)
- Gene Gonzalez of Cafe Ysabel
- Konrad Walter of The Manila Hotel Champagne Room
- Vicky Pacheco of Chateau 1771
- Jessie Sincioco of Chef Jessie Rockwell Club
- David Olyver Virrey of Eiffel Kubo (Malaybalay City, Bukidnon)
- Martin Kaspar of L’Entrecôte Manila
- Bruno Tirel of Epicérie Gourmande
- Waya Araos-Wijangco of Gourmet Gypsy Art Café;
- Clément Damotte of La Mère Poulard Manila
- Richard Amado of La Vie Parisienne Cebu
- Robert Lilja of Maria Luisa’s Garden Room
- Hervé Clair of Raffles Hotel’s Mirèio
- Trish Panlilio of Mulberry Door
- Glenda Maupin of Petit Bistro Manila
- Justin Baradas of Enderun College’s Restaurant 101
- Jonathan Bouthiaux of Anya Resort Tagaytay’s Samira
- Cocoy Ventura of SGD Roastery
- Patrice Freuslon of Society Lounge (Tauro Pintxos, Tapas, Wine Bar)
- Menoy Gimenez of Tito Chef
- Julien Cossé of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Spiral
- Pierre Cornelis of Vatel Restaurant Manila
- Richard Amado of La Vie Parisienne and La Vie in the Sky (Cebu City)
This year, there are eight new participants at Goût de France 2019. And they all represent a roster of haute cuisine, bistros, culinary schools, hotels, and resorts.
A gastronomic preview of Goût de France 2019
Recently last March 13, 2019, we were privileged to be invited to an exclusive preview of Goût de France 2019 at the Champagne Room of the Manila Hotel. It was indeed a gastronomic night filled with good food and good company. As the 26 participating chefs of Goût de France 2019 gave us a taste of what they will serve in their respective restaurants on March 21.
Everything was delicious and dishes were well thought of. But of course, we did have our favorites for the night. For starters, I enjoyed the Scallops Saint Jacques by Milagritos and the Smoked Salmon Dome with asparagus mousseline and poached egg by Spiral Manila.
The exotic combination of the Pan Seared Scallops on White Asparagus with Foie Gras Sauce by Champagne Room was impressive as well. I also loved the green pea puree with smoked salmon foam of Samira (Anya Tagaytay). As well as the Clear Essence of Wild Game with herbed dumplings by Chef Jessie (Rockwell Club).
For mains, I took delight in the 5-Hour Duck by Chateau 1771, the Coq Au Vin by Mulberry Door, and the Roasted Spring Chicken with smoked red rice by SGD Coffee Roastery.
And of course, we can’t forget about dessert. Loved the unique taste of the Tarte Tatin with mulled red wine ice cream and sauce beurre noisette by Cafe Ysabel. As well as the sweet-tangy flavor of the Lychee-Raspberry Tart by Restaurant 101.
Goût de France 2019 on March 21, 2019
With this, we invite everyone to come and enjoy the Goût de France experience happening this March 21, 2019. Reserve a table and dine at any of the 28 participating restaurants in Metro Manila, Baguio City, and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
For more information on the participating restaurants and their menus, visit: http://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/en/participating-restaurants. And remember to share you Goût de France 2019/ Good France experience on social media with the hashtags #GoutDeFrancePh and #GoodFrance. À bientôt et bien manger! (See you and eat well)
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