Congratulations Maxine!

Following the success of the very first Goût de France – Good France event in 2015, the French gastronomy celebration will be held again on 21 March 2016 in South Africa and the rest of the world.

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Initiated by the French Minister of Foreign affairs and international development and world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, Goût de France – Good France showcases the French way of life, regional products, and France as a tourist destination.

Goût de France – Good France is also about healthy living: less salt, less sugar, less fat, but still 100% taste. Conservation of our planet and of our natural resources is also at the core of the project – local products, sustainable agriculture and green cooking methods.
Inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the “Dîners d’Épicure” (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912 (the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible), Goût de France / Good France recreates this wonderful idea by involving restaurants around the world.
Over 1,500 chefs worldwide will once again pay tribute to the tastes of French cuisine and its emphasis on sharing, by preparing a special menu of recipes inspired by French excellence and traditions.
In addition to the restaurants, French embassies will also be taking part in the event, hosting dinners in the residences of the French Ambassadors in more than 150 countries.

In South Africa, the event is coordinated by the French Embassy, in partnership with Atout France (French government agency in charge of promoting tourism) and the French Institute of South Africa.
On 21 March, 10 South African restaurants (compared to 6 in 2015) across the country will offer their own Goût de France – Good France menu:
– Gauteng: Brasserie de Paris (Pretoria), 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge (Monte Casino), De Kloof restaurant (Pretoria), Winehouse Restaurant (Jhb)
– North West: Café La Bonheur (Hartebeespoortdam)
– Western Cape: Nadege Cuisine (Noordhoek), 6 Spin Street (Cape Town), Chalk and Cork (Cape Town CBD)
– KwaZulu-Natal: Fusion Restaurant and Fusion French Café (Durban, as part as the Franco Fête event)
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Ambassador of France to South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier will host a dinner at the French Residence in Pretoria on 22 March 2016, with special guest of honour – South African chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Since the launch of the Michelin Guide in 1900, Jan-Hendrik is the first South-African national to receive such a distinction for his work at restaurant JAN in Nice (French Riviera).

The French Residence dinner will also involve the cooperation of local culinary schools, through a specially designed bake off. JHB Culinary & Pastry School, Prue Leith Chefs Academy and The Capital Hotel School & Training Academy have put forward one of their best young apprentice chef to compete in a dessert challenge.

Maxine Bastos, Professional Cookery student (2015 intake), participated in the dessert challenge.

Maxine created a wonderful Gateaux Opera, an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee and chocolate filling and icing.

Maxine placed second in the dessert challenge, only falling short of a Macaroon – the French dessert icon.

Congratulations on your success Maxine!

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