France fetes gastronomy with Italian chefs ahead of Expo

Gala dinner in 150 cities; Elysee chef at Rome embassy

11 March, 17:21

    French ambassador to Italy, Catherine Colonna, and the Elysee Palace chef Guillaume Gomez at the 'Gout de France' presentation in Rome French ambassador to Italy, Catherine Colonna, and the Elysee Palace chef Guillaume Gomez at the 'Gout de France' presentation in Rome

    (by Séverine Kittler) (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 11 - The French embassy in Italy will be opening its kitchens to three Italian chefs to be announced on March 19, chosen in a draw as part of the international celebration of French gastronomy Gout de France/Good France.

    Some 1,300 restaurants in 150 countries will be taking part in the event. Italy will have the highest number of chef participants - about one hundred - who responded to a call launched by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and chef Alain Ducasse a few months before Expo Milano 2015. The theme of this Expo is linked to nutrition and it ''will be a chance to think together about feeding the world'', said French ambassador to Italy Catherine Colonna in presenting the initiative on Wednesday at the French embassy. Such well-known chefs as Stéphane Betmon, Andrea Berton, Andrea Fusco, Anthonv Genovese, Davide Scabin, Cristina Bowerman and Simone Rugiati - along with dozens of other less well known - will be making French dishes for a 'gala dinner' to be held on March 19 at about one hundred of restaurants in 50 Italian cities. At Palazzo Farnese, a select number of invitees will be able to enjoy a dinner by Guillaume Gomez, the Elysee chef at the historic building housing the French embassy in Rome on Wednesday as part of a surprise visit. ''The president is a foodie and loves trying new dishes. I would rather not say anything'' about his tastes, Gomez said, ''to prevent him from being served his favorite dish everywhere he goes.'' The French embassy will at the same time (March 16-19) be holding in Rome 'French Gastronomy in Italy Days', an occasion for French and Italian chefs to meet. ''I am very pleased to celebrate French cuisine, which was named UNESCO World Heritage when I was French ambassador to the UN. However, I did not want this event to be unilateral; I wanted it to also be an opportunity for dialogue, to sharpen our tools for the shared struggle to defend the quality of our top products,'' Ambassador Colonna said. The event, organized alongside the Institut Francais Italia and Atout France, the French tourism authority, will include meetings between chefs from the two countries, six of whom - three French and two Italian - will make dinners in three restaurants in the capital. Jean-Paul Bosteon (from the Auberge de l'Ill in Alsace) will work with Giuseppe D'Alessio at La Terrasse, the Sofitel Villa Borghese, Christophe Dovergne (founder of the recipe site) will work with Andrea Quaranta at Necci dal 1924 and Paris chef Martial Enguehard and Stefano Marzetti will be at the Mirabelle restaurant. There will also be two Masterclasses on 'Foie Gras' and 'Menu' alla Francese', B-to-B meetings between those working in the sector and a rountable discussion entitled 'France-Italy, Territory at the Table'.

    Lastly, Ambassador Colonna has decided to begin the 'Open Kitchen' initiative, which will open the embassy's kitchens to dishes made by the three Italian chefs selected at the March 19 draw. (ANSAmed).

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