4th Edition of Goût de France/Good France [fr]
On 21 March, over 3,000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in Goût de France/Good France to celebrate French gastronomy. Initiated by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and chef Alain Ducasse, this event is inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the "Epicurean Dinners" in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several cities, for as many guests as possible.
Chefs from all over the world will cook a dinner to pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and its capacity to innovate and unite people around the common values of sharing and enjoyment in a sustainable and healthy way.
The aim is to showcase the French lifestyle, regional products and, more broadly, to promote France as a tourist destination worldwide. A third of tourists have in fact said they visit France to enjoy its cuisine, including the “gastronomic meal of the French” inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Goût de France/Good France menu includes an aperitif with finger food, a starter, one or two main course(s), a cheese platter and a dessert, accompanied by French wines and champagnes.
Restaurants the world over, from high gastronomy to high-quality bistros are invited to apply on www.goodfrance.com by proposing a menu that showcases French gastronomy, a cuisine using fresh and seasonal regional produce.
An international selection committee of chefs will approve the list of participating chefs starting January 31, 2018. The Committee will assess the coherence and quality of the menus proposed by the restaurants that have signed up in their respective geographic areas.
Last 21 March 2017, over 2,000 chefs participated in the Goût de France/Good France event, with French dinners served in over 150 French embassies, across the seas on board Ponant Company cruise ships, and in the air for 24 hours, on Air France flights. In total, over 250,000 people savoured Goût de France/Good France dinners on the evening of 21 March.
French wines and spirits – an essential part of the French dinner – will be the highlight of this fourth Goût de/Good France event. Special focus will also be given to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with its high-quality products, gastronomy, exceptional wines and outstanding restaurants. Goût de/Good France benefits from an international promotional campaign enabling all participating chefs to showcase their cuisine and expertise with the active support of French embassies, Atout France and media partners, France Médias Monde, TV5 Monde and JCDecaux.
The success of each edition is also visible in media coverage (press, TV) and on the social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram with the hashtag #GoodFrance and #GoutdeFrance.