A French-style dinner was proposed to guests as another Goût de France/Good France was celebrated in 19 restaurants & hotels in Seychelles, on Wednesday March 21.
The 4th edition of this celebration of the French Cuisine is being held in some 150 countries and 3000 restaurants worldwide, from those offering ‘haute cuisine’ to quality bistro food.
It is the 4th consecutive year that Seychelles has taken part in the international culinary event, which is organised by the French Embassy in collaboration with the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB).
Goût de France/Good France is celebrated a day after the International day of ‘La Francophonie,’ commemorated on March 20.
This year, it is the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and its exceptional gastronomic heritage that has taken the centre-stage.
In a Press Conference to launch this year’s Goût de France on Wednesday, the French Ambassador to Seychelles, Lionel Majesté-Larrouy, said the event is one that aims to attract both tourists and locals.
Mr Majesté-Larrouy said while the French gastronomy is well-known the event helps to showcase how the French cuisine has evolved and can be linked to new gastronomies and can also incorporate products from other countries.
He highlighted the success of the event globally, as the number of participating restaurants have tripled in four years.
The STB’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, also highlighted the growing success of this event locally, which in 2018 has recorded one participant more than last year, as well as four new comers.
Mrs Francis emphasized on the cultural link between the French and Creole cuisine, while adding that the event is a way to promote the destination, with France being one of the main tourism markets for Seychelles.
The event is also a way for the local chefs to gain exposure while working alongside international chefs employed in the local hotels.
Hotels on Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette have taken part in this year’s ‘Goût de France’ on Wednesday. Some of the 19 restaurants will be offering French style dining on other days this week.
Chefs in Seychelles will be among 3,300 chefs worldwide to be presented with certificates for participating in the 2018 Goût de France.