Gout de France is back again for this year’s celebration of French food.
Gout de France (or Good France) is a worldwide gourmet festival celebrating the French gastronomy organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once a year, on the same day, participating chefs around the globe will simultaneously serve French cuisine for the world to enjoy and appreciate.
The annual event is a global appreciation of the taste of France for food connoisseurs aiming to boost French tourism through the means of dining. After all, the French cuisine has been declared as a “world intangible heritage” by UNESCO! It’s been a social custom for most people—even royalties—to present this gastronomy during special moments; it’s all about getting together and basking in exquisite food paired with superb choices of drinks.
This is the 5th year that the Philippines is joining the celebration. To make the occasion grander, in the evening of March 21, 2019, there would 26 participating chefs—an all-time high record!—offering signature French menus to the public at their respective restaurants.
The theme would be in line with the ministry’s focus on socially and environmentally responsible cuisine. This is to aggrandize France’s fight against climate change and aim to promote environmental sustainability. Each chef is encouraged to offer a planet-friendly menu in all ways possible—be it in their technique, ingredients, and presentation.
This year’s Gout de France in the Philippines stretches out its scope even further with the participation of chefs going all the way from Manila to Baguio to Cebu. Here are the participating restaurants:
– Chef Jacq Tan of Apero and Duck & Buvette
– Chef Ariel Manuel of Bistro Manuel
– Chef Didier Derouet of Café Adriana by Hill Station (Baguio City)
– Chef Gene Gonzales of Café Ysabel
– Chef Konrad Walter of The Manila Hotel’s Champagne Room
– Chef Vicky Pacheco of Chateau 1771
– Chef Jessie Sincioco of Chef Jessie Rockwell Club
– Chef David Olyver Virrey of Eiffel Kubo (Malaybalay City)
– Chef Martin Kaspar of L’Entrecote Manila
– Chef Bruno Tirel of L’Epicerie Gourmande
– Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco of Gourmet Gypsy Art Café
– Chef Robert Lilja of Maria Luisa’s Garden Room
– Chef Clement Damotte of La Mere Poulard Manila
– Chef John Louie Gonzaga of Milagritos of TRYP Hotel by Wyndham
– Chef Herve Clair of Raffles Makati’s Mireio
– Chef Trish Panlilio of Mulberry Door
– Chef Glenda Maupin of Petit Bistro
– Chef Justin Baradas of Enderun Colleges’ Restaurant 101
– Chef Marc Aubry of Sagana French Bistro
– Chef Jonathan Bouthiaux of Anya Resort Tagaytay’s Samira
– Chef Cocoy Ventura of SGD Coffee Roastery
– Chef Julien Cosse of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Spiral Manila
– Chef Patrice Freuslon of Tauro Pintxos, Tapas, Wine Bar
– Chef Menoy Gimenez of Tito Chef Restaurant
– Chef Pierre Cornelis of Vatel Restaurant Manila
– Chef Richard Amado of La Vie Parisienne and La Vie in the Sky (Cebu City)
These chefs mentioned above will prepare a special menu just for that night. You can check out what they’ll offer at https://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/en/participating-restaurants
Don’t miss out on Gout de France and experience dining a la Francaise! Bon appetit! Be sure to use the hashtag #GoutdeFrancePH and #GoodFrance!
French Embassy Manila