Ambassador Farnaud hosts Good France dinner 2018
On the evening of 20 March 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, hosted the fourth annual Goût de France - Good France dinner at the Residence de France in Pretoria in celebration of French gastronomy.
The exclusive four-course dinner was presented by French Michelin-star chef Vincent Lucas.
The event was attended by high-level guests such as singer Mrs. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, former ANC spokesman Mr. Zizi Kodwa, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Mr. Gert Oosthuizen, fashion designer Mr. David Tlale, fashion designer Mrs. Marianne Fassler, television and radio personality Ms. Lalla Hirayama, actress and director Ms. Mmabatho Montsho, 67 Blankets founder Mrs. Carolyn Steyn and Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award winner Ms. Amanda Dambuza.
Taking place for the fourth consecutive year, Goût de France / Good France is a celebration of the vitality of French cuisine. The global initiative was inspired by Auguste Escoffier’s Epicurean dinners of the early 1900s – serving the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.
All around the world, restaurants, chefs and ambassadors offer French menus in a re-creation of Escoffier’s original idea. Good France in South Africa and Lesotho will take place between 19 and 25 March with 23 restaurants taking part to celebrate French gastronomy and French art de vivre. This year, there is a regional focus on Nouvelle Aquitaine.
The dinner involved the cooperation of local culinary schools, through a specially designed bake-off, infusing South African “Honeybush” in French dessert recipes. JHB Culinary & Pastry School, Prue Leith Chefs Academy and The Capital Hotel School & Training Academy each put forward one of their best young apprentice chefs to compete in the dessert challenge. The guests voted for their favourite dessert and the winner was Lithalethu Mtshabee of Prue Leith Chefs Academy who made a basque cake served with Honeybush tea infused custard.
As French companies support the project all around the world, the French Embassy in South Africa expresses its warm thanks to its local partners: BNP Paribas, Grey Goose, JC Decaux, TRACE TV, L’Oréal, Air France, Ambassador Duty Free, the French Market and Patachou.
Picture credit: Alet Pretorius