After two successful editions, Goût de France/Good France, an initiative supported by Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is back with 2,000 participating restaurants worldwide and 50 restaurants across the UK.
On 21 March 2017, dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants will highlight the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoyment and respect for high-quality, environmentally-responsible food.
Ambassador Sylvie Bermann will host a dinner at her residence on the same night. The dinner will be prepared by Buckingham Palace’s Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, former MasterChef judge and French chef Amandine Chaignot and the French residence chef Gilles Quillot.
Sylvie Bermann: “Goût de France isn’t only about French cuisine, but also about the mix of cultures and how British and French chefs can influence one another. Each chef in his and her own way, contributes to France’s influence, or the influence of French culture in the UK, and I’d like to thank them for that. Some show the essential contribution European immigrants can make to this country. Could we survive a day in London without all the foreign chefs?”
In addition to 21 March, the French embassy has worked hard to develop many other gastronomic activities.
On 2 February a partnership was launched between the French Embassy and the charity Chefs Adopt a School. French and British chefs will visit bilingual schools together, to raise awareness among school children about healthy eating.
On 7 March the Ambassador will visit Ecole Marie d’Orliac with chef Amandine Chaignot and Sara Howard of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. On the eve of International Women’s Day, it will be an opportunity to show the children that being a chef isn’t just for men.
On 9 March, the Ambassador will visit the University of West London for a “pre-Goût de France” dinner at the University’s award-winning Pillars restaurant, with food prepared by students from London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism – which will be an opportunity to highlight the importance of professional training and education.
The restaurants and chefs participating in this year’s Goût de France are truly diverse with many British chefs taking part, and a wide range of restaurants from newly opened Bistros to some of the most renowned restaurants in the world.
This year’s participants will also include four restaurants located in British prisons and run by The Clink Charity. Celebrated French chef Pascal Aussignac will be assisting them in preparing their menus for the big night.
Participating restaurants in the UK:
- Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet, London
- Augustine Kitchen, Chef Franck Raymond, London
- Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Chef Raymond Blanc, OBE, Oxfordshire
- Bia bistrot, Chefs Roisin Llorente & Matthias Llorente, Edinburgh
- Boulestin, Chef Elliot Spurdle, London
- Brasserie Joel, Chef Walter Ishizuka, London
- Brasserie Les Amis, Chef Peter McGrail, Edinburgh
- Café boheme, Chef John Pattillo, Aberdeen
- Cépages Wine Bistro, Chef Dan Cohen, London
- Cigalon, Chef Julien Carlon, London
- Club Gascon, Chef Pascal Aussignac, London
- Comptoir Gascon, Chef Valentin Verdenet, London
- Frenchie Covent Garden, Chef Greg Marchand, London
- Gauthier Soho, Chef Alexis Gauthier, London
- Kona, Chef David Tilly, London
- La Bonne Auberge, Chef Gerry Sharkey, Glasgow
- La Dame de Pic London – Four Seasons, Chefs Benjamin Brial, London
- La Gourmandina, Chef Giulia Mastrorocco, London
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Chef Jeremy Page, London
- Lazenby’s on York Place, Chef Simon Lazenby, Scarborough
- Le Garrick, Chef Charles Lepelletier, London
- Le petit Nantais, Chef Jean-Philippe Gravier, East Molesey
- Le Roi Fou, Chef Henry Jerome, Edinburgh
- L’Escargot, Chef James Tyrrell, London
- Les Douceurs de la Tentation, Chef Dimitra Agapidis, London
- Maison bleue, Chef Pascal Canevet, Bury St Edmunds
- Mamie’s, Chef Aymeric Peurois, London
- Mosimann’s, Chef Federico Pinelli, London
- Number One, Chef Brian Grigor, Edinburgh
- One-O-One Restaurant, Chef Pascal Proyart, London
- Papillon, Chef Alexandros Porfyris, London
- Patisserie Maxime, Chef Cyril Barthelme, Edinburgh
- Petit Pois Bistro, Chef Chris Smith, London
- Petite Terre, Chef Jean-Christphe Martinez, London
- Pillars University of West London, Chefs Michael Coaker & Nathan Vasanthan, Ealing
- Plateau, Chef Can Cropper, Brighton
- Restaurant Martin Wishart, Chef Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
- Rivea London, Chef Alexandre Nicolas, London
- Sofitel St James Hotel London, Michael Buard, London
- Taste, Chef Paul Clark, Cumbernauld
- The Art School Restaurant, Chef Paul Askew, Liverpool
- The Balcon London, Chef Michael Buard, London
- The Clarendon Hotel, Chef Lionel Strub, Hebden
- The Escoffier, Chef Stephen West, Bournemouth
- The Greenhouse, Chef Arnaud Bignon, London
- The Grill at The Dorchester, Chef Christophe Marleix, London
- The Tokenhouse, Chef Paul Weller, London
- Toulouse Lautrec, Chef Florent Regent, London
- The Clink Restaurant, Paul Clarkson, Kerry Rickett, Sebastien Vanoni & Brendan Gough, London, Wilmslow, Cardiff & Surrey
Everything you need to know about Goût de France 2017:
Chef Walter Ishizuka previews Good France 2017:
Photos of Goût de France launch event on 6 March celebrating the 50+chefs:
Goût de France/Good France website in English: