By ANGELO G. GARCIA
Images by NOEL PABALATE
French cuisine is considered the mother of all cuisines. Many great chefs in the world has been trained with French techniques, an important skill in any kitchen. In fact, it’s a cuisine that is included in the UNESCO World Intangible Heritage list.
This cuisine’s influence has reached every corner of the globe and it is just fitting to celebrate it in grand style.
Goût de France or Good France is an event that celebrates French cuisine in over 150 countries across the world. Launched in 2015 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned French chef Alain Ducasse, it aims to celebrate the cuisine, its traditions, and values.
“Cuisine is part of culture and in France, cuisine and good food is really something important. It’s fitting to celebrate this around the world with around 5,000 chefs,” says French ambassador to the Philippines Nicolas Galey.
It’s the fifth year for the event and in the Philippines, 26 chefs will be participating in the French food fest. On March 21, these chefs and their respective restaurants will serve a traditional French menu that “demonstrates the richness of French gastronomy.”
Recently, this year’s Goût de France was launched at the beautiful Champagne Room of Manila Hotel, where a preview of the delicious French food the participating chefs will be offering was showcased.
“We’re very happy to support this celebration. We here at the Manila Hotel believe in the same values and principles that are highlighted by Goût de France—and that is the tradition of quality, innovation, and environmental responsibility. It is most appropriate that Goût de France in the Philippines to be launched here at Champagne Room, not only because this is the premier French fine dining restaurant, the Champagne Room is also the most romantic and historic restaurant in the country,” explains Manila Hotel president lawyer Joey Lina.
One of the participating chefs is Champagne Room’s Konrad Walter and one of the dishes that he will be serving during Goût de France is the pan-seared scallops with white asparagus and foie gras sauce.
Other dishes to watch out for include Chateau 1771’s five-hour duck by chef Vicky Pacheco; Chef Jessie of Rockwell Club’s brandade de morue au gratin and clear essence of wild gam with dumpling by Chef Jessie Sincioco; La Mere Poulard Manila’s beef cheek confit with gratin douphinois and red wine sauce by chef Clement Damotte; Spiral Manila’s smoked salmon dome with asparagus mousseline and poached egg by Chef Julien Cosse; and Café Ysabel’s tarte tatin with mulled red wine ice cream and saucebeurrenoisetteby Chef Gene Gonzalez.
There will be a total of 28 restaurants that will be participating in the one-day event and are located in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Tagaytay City, Baguio City, and Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.
“Goût de France in the Philippines has grown remarkable since we first organized it with six participating chefs in 2015. This year, we count 26 chefs of different nationalities, diverse professional backgrounds, and based in various parts of the archipelago,” says ambassador Gale.
To learn more about the event and discover all participating restaurants go to http://restaurateurs. goodfrance.com/en/participatingrestaurants