The French Ambassador to Namibia, Claire Bodonyi, this week presented the Good France initiative at the residence of France, which will take place in Namibia on the 26th of March this year.
The Ambassador explained the initiative and invited journalists to taste a few petits fours prepared by the participating chefs.
Taking part this year are French chef David Thomas and Namibian chefs Augustina Namupala and Penda Nangolo.
This event, orchestrated by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and chef Alain Ducasse, is inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the Epicurian Dinners initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.
The chefs from all over the world, 3000 different menus on five different continents, will cook a dinner to pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and its capacity to innovate and unite people around the common values of sharing and enjoyment in a planet-friendly and healthy way.
The aim is to showcase the French lifestyle, regional products and, more broadly, to promote France as a tourist destination worldwide. A third of tourists have in fact said they visit France to enjoy its cuisine, including the “gastronomic meal of the French” inscribed on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In Namibia, on Monday 26 March, the FNCC restaurant Goûts d’Afrique (Taste of Africa), will participate in this event to celebrate French gastronomy while highlighting local products.
The Goût de/Good France menu includes a starter, a main course, a cheese-based meal and a dessert, accompanied by a selection of wines.