Good France is a coordinated, worldwide celebration of French gastronomy. On March 19th, 2015, over 1000 chefs spanning five continents will participate by preparing a dinner à la française in their local dining establishments. This ambitious project, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, intends to promote the excellence, diversity and modernity of the French gastronomic meal, which is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.In 1912, Auguste Escoffier started the project Les Dîners d’Épicure (Epicurean Diners). Participating restaurateurs around the world united for one day to serve a single menu to as many people as possible. Good France takes this action of solidarity one step further by encouraging the accomplished chefs to bring their individual and cultural creativity to a traditional French menu. The traditional elements of the French gastronomic meal are compulsory; one must, for example, respect the order of presentation (commencing with a French apéritif, etc…). But these guidelines leave the chefs more than enough of leeway to individualize and make ‘traditional’ more modern.
1000 chefs, 1000 menus on 5 continents
By attracting chefs and restaurateurs from around the world, the ‘Good Food’ project seeks to promote French tourism through innovation and excellence in food. Participants from drastically different backgrounds will showcase the contemporary and adaptable nature of French cuisine through their unique menu conceptions, never compromising on the French demand for quality.But quality and taste are not everything. ‘Good Food’ lives up to its name and the French quality standard, demanding that each menu highlight a healthier cuisine by minimizing fat, sugar and salt. Ingredients must be selected with a respect for environmental concerns and, while menu prices are at the chefs’ discretion, each participant must commit to donating 5% of sales to a local NGO within the health and environmental sector.If you and your eating establishment wish to participate in “Good Food de France” be sure to appl! Registration began on November 4th and consists of two phases: provision of restaurant details and then proposal of the menu. The final day to register will be December 15th. A committee of international chefs, chaired by Alain Ducasse, will validate applications and present participating restaurants on 15 January 2015.The official Good France event informational flyer