French Embassy in Athens welcomes you to taste French culinary delight, éclair!

French Embassy in Greece hosts for a second consecutive year a culinary event dedicated to celebrating the fusion between Greek and French culinary culture. As a passionate cook, French Ambassador to Greece Christophe Chantepy, has looked throughout his tenure in Athens for traditional Greek recipes and natural ingredients. To this end, the French Ambassador has travelled to the most remote villages of Greece, tasted local culinary traditions and learned the secrets of authentic home-cooking experience. To celebrate his passion for food, the French Ambassador hosts for a second consecutive year within the Embassy’s premises the renowned Gout de France (Good France) exhibition.

Gout de France is a renowned culinary event celebrated in French soil around the world on an annual basis every March.  The first ever Gout de France took place in 2015. It initiated at an experimental basis across 150 states – almost in each place of the world where a French political institution (e.g., embassies, consulates) was present. Gout de France was institutionalised in 2015 to celebrate the insertion of the so-called ‘gastronomic meal of the French’ in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. These lists contain the most important elements of cultural heritage found in the world and are worth of conserving and raising awareness about their existence. Indicative example is Greece’s Parthenon.

Last year’s event in Greece was framed around a culinary competition entitled as MaziChef. MaziChef invited French and Greek culinary culture representatives to create macarons, traditional French deserts, with local ingredients. The finalists exhibited their creations in an honourable event held within the Embassy’s premises. The relative success of Gout de France exhibition in 2018 lies in the participation of Jean-Marie Hoffmann to the event, the Embassy’s resident chef, who successfully guided counterparts to produce delightful macarons. The Gout de France challenge for the year 2019 relates to another traditional representative of French desert culture, the éclair. The finalists of current culinary tests taking place in four cities of Greece concurrently, namely, Athens, Hania, Patra and Thessaloniki will be invited on 18 March to the Embassy’s premises to exhibit their éclair fusion recipes.

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