The French Embassy in Kuwait in October celebrated the French Gastronomy Week as part of the ‘Good France 2021’ initiative by organizing live and virtual workshops with local French and Kuwaiti chefs.
The economic advisor at the French Embassy Bruno Zanghellini said the chefs were happy to share their culinary experiences including the French culinary heritage with the Kuwaiti people.
In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the opening of a branch of a French restaurant in Kuwait in the presence of Ambassador H E Claire Le Flecher, he added Kuwaitis and French people share a passion for food.
Moreover, Kuwaitis enjoy traveling and knowing the art of French cooking during their stay in France, be it in Paris or the Riviera and are very keen to enjoy the same gastronomic experience here in Kuwait.
He stated the French embassy is trying to unify creativity around the French culinary traditions once a year through the ‘Good France initiative’, with a French menu in a number of Kuwaiti restaurants and French cuisine and workshops by top chefs on the social networking websites.
He pointed out the next edition is scheduled to be held in the spring of next year, adding the new French ambassador, Le Flecher wants to present the experience of French food to the Public who do no go to restaurants, such as children in hospitals saying she intends to set up a cooking or pastry workshop inside one of the children’s hospitals in Kuwait.
He said that French cuisine already has a long history. The majority of the so-called world cuisine is actually derived from the classic French cuisine, as codified in its techniques since the mid-18th century by chefs and culinary critics.
He emphasized the concept of a restaurant is indeed a French innovation and the word restaurant is the same in almost all languages.
He stated France has contributed to the development of restaurants all over Europe through the world-famous Michelin Guide. The first edition of the ‘Little Red Guide’, he added, was born in Paris in 1900, fittingly on the occasion of the Paris World Fair in that particular year.
In recognition of France’s contribution to the advancement of food culture, UNESCO has included the ‘Gastronomic Meal of the French People’ in the ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
The French cuisine, he went on to say, is still alive and well. It still sets international standards for fine dining 200 million luxury items.
He said Kuwait is an important export market for France, where France primarily sell aircraft, machinery, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment and also a lot of consumer goods.
“Our exports span a wide range from high-end fashion, handbags, suitcases and jewelry to cosmetics, perfumes and of course gourmet foods.
“Kuwaitis are among the most educated and discerning consumers. They enjoy the finer things in life, and it is only natural that every year they purchase over $200 million worth of luxury goods from France,” he said.