Good France in Nigeria: the French Embassy Celebrates French Cuisine with 2 Events
French Cuisine is a driving force of French culture and economy and a source of attraction to many tourists who come to France each year. Within the framework of the international Good France event pioneered by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.
The “Chef’s Taste Challenge” lunch, a culinary competition, took place on March 20th, 2018, at the French residency in Abuja. Four French-style dinners to celebrate French cuisine took place in partner restaurants across town from March 20th to March 23rd, 2018.
This was the first time that the French Embassy in Nigeria and the Institut français in Nigeria had organised a culinary competition. Four restaurants in Abuja participated in this challenge: Helene’s Food Co, Zuma Grill /Transcorp Hilton, Le Petit Square and Relais Café.
Madu Chioma Juliet of Le Petit Square restaurant was chosen as the best Chef by a jury composed of Matse Uwatse-Nnoli, Food blogger, Denys Gauer, Ambassador of France, Aude Urcun, Cultural attaché, and Arnaud Dornon, head of Cultural Action and Cooperation.
Madu Chioma Juliet will have the opportunity to learn more culinary techniques with the Head Chef of the French Residence in Abuja, Olivier Perigault.
The aim of the French embassy was to, not only showcase the richness of French cuisine, but to also present culinary arts as a viable and essential element to strengthen the Tourism sector in Nigeria and also to create an international platform for existing Nigerian chefs to participate in friendly competition, explore and improve their creativity and originality in the exercise of their craft.