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French embassy to organise fourth edition of Good France

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Kathmandu, 5 March (2018) – French Embassy in Kathmandu organised a press conference Monday at the Residence of France to introduce the fourth edition of “Goût de France/Good France”.

Goût de France/Good France is a unique global event held in five continents in over 150 countries which, for this fourth consecutive year, will involve French embassies abroad and chefs from around the world.

It unites chefs from all over the world on the evening of March 21 with one common objective: Celebrate French gastronomy with the local products and talent. This fourth year will see some 3,000 participating restaurants worldwide.

During the press conference organised at the Résidence of France, French Ambassador to Nepal, Yves Carmona said, “There is a traditional strong link between diplomacy and gastronomy.  There was a cuisine “à la française” already in the 14th century, well before there were permanent Embassies (16th century).”

He also said that “although the origin of the event is French, it can be considered a very Nepali event since almost all restaurants or schools are run by Nepalis. It perfectly exemplifies the spirit of openness of French gastronomy and is a testament of Nepali talent”.

This year, following restaurants and schools will participate in this prestigious event from Nepal:

  • The Old House Pvt. Ltd.
  • Garden Terrace / Soaltee Crowne Plaza
  • La Terrace / Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE)
  • Rox Restaurant / HYATT REGENCY KATHMANDU
  • The Chimney Fine Dining / Hotel Yak & Yeti
  • Silver Mountain School of Hotel Management
  • Olive Garden / Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
  • Pauline’s Garden

 

Full Address of Ambassador Carmona:

Goût de France is on its 4th year. It has survived 3 foreign ministers, because of its international success

Why ?Because there isa traditional strong link between diplomacy and gastronomy. There was a cuisine “à la française” already in the 14th century, well before there were permanent Embassies (16th century).

As time passed by, the gastronomic menu started taking a more classical order: entrée or potage, fish, meat with vegetables, salad or cheese, dessert, and wines all along, at least two. With all the important official meetings of heads of state there has been a memorable menu and it crossed the centuries. When French President General de Gaulle hosted German chancellor Adenauer in view of signing the historic treaty of reconciliation (22 January 1963), there was a famous lunch and when President Hollande hosted for the first time chancellor Angela Merkel (8 July 2012) there was a famous lunch as well : salmon, beef and vegetables, duck, cheese and macaron, with 3 wines. A bit more luxurious than the first one, which comprised only homard, calf and vegetables, salad and fruit savarin, and two types of wine. In 50 years, reconciliation has well progressed!

Today’s event is not about diplomacy but business. France has decided for many years to promote its attractivity. We already have the biggest number or tourists (89 million in 2017 and growing) and we want more. Gastronomy is part of the reason. But we are not exclusive;  The “gastronomic meal of the French” has been declared by UNESCO “intangible heritage”, so it belongs to all mankind. On March 21st, during the week of Francophonie, 3000 restaurants all over the world will celebrate, including 8 in Nepal.

It is the 3rd time that it is being organized in Kathmandu, on 21st March, and it is more popular every year. It allows Nepal to be on the world map as well as for other global events: the night of ideas on 21st January, the fête de la musique on 21st June. So this year we have 8 participants after we had 2 in 2016 and 5 in 2017. Congratulations ! Please note that it is a very Nepali event since almost all restaurants or schools are run by Nepalis. It perfectly exemplifies the spirit of openness of French gastronomy and is a testament of Nepali talent.

From a simple bistrot to more expensive restaurants, everyone is welcome.  Since proper training and a good service are an essential component of the “gastronomic meal of the French”, schools are also welcome as well.  There is onlya simple requirement when it comes to the meal:  It should have an entrée, main dish, cheese on option, dessert, and a choice of wines.

And now, the floor is for the participants to present themselves.

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