French and proud

By Mike Peters ( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-03-21 06:55:37

A global celebration of the world's most venerated cuisine has doubled in size since last year, Mike Peters reports, with many French restaurants in China offering menus that look far beyond foie gras and champagne.

For Yohan Fatela, the French chef at Heritage restaurant in the Wanda Sofitel, every day is about celebrating his country's cuisine.

But the past week has been more intense than usual. Saturday night his restaurant team hosted Chaine des Rotisseurs, a centuries-old group of gourmands founded in France, with active chapters in Beijing and Shanghai. On Tuesday night, he joins the third annual Gout de France (Good France), along with about 2,000 chefs from five continents who will present a special menu on the spring equinox, widely celebrated as the first day of spring.

French and proud

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