‘Good France’ 2017 in Ghana: when gastronomy meets economy.
On Tuesday, 21st of March 2017, as a part of the world wide celebration of French Gastronomy, twelve restaurants from Ghana participated in this year’s Good France dinner to familiarise Ghanaians with French food.
In Ghana, the participating restaurants came not only from Accra but also from Kumasi, Peduase, Takoradi, Akosombo and Axim. All the restaurants were from different backgrounds, but with an open outlook to create a convivial atmosphere of complementarity for the event.
This event gave an opportunity to Ghanaian gourmets to enjoy French food and wine here in Ghana, where there is an increased interest in French cuisine.
To conclude the week, a prestigious dinner was held by Ambassador of France to Ghana Francois Pujolas and his spouse Revati Pujolas, at the Residence of France in Accra on Friday 24th of March. This dinner was prepared by the Three starred Michelin Chef Jean-Luc L’Hourre who presented an exquisite menu bringing together France and Ghana, with local ingredients or locally available ingredients. Around 80 VIP guests from the political, economic and cultural worlds enjoyed these delicacies in the presence of the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Lady Rebecca.
During the dinner, the Ambassador of France to Ghana François Pujolas affirmed: ‘’French gastronomy is not only a matter of culture or pleasure but also fully part of economic development of one’s country, including training, education as well as job creation.’’
Earlier in the week the French ambassador along with Honorable Catherine Afeku Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, had organized a joint meeting with all concerned actors of the hospitality and catering industry to understand the current trends and needs of the sector, and to explore avenues of cooperation in training and education. Support by French actors in developing the tourism sector in Ghana was also discussed. This meeting was followed by a workshop during which the Chef Jean-Luc L’Hourre shared his knowledge and experience while preparing his dishes with professional chefs from Ghana.
This third edition of the Goût de France/Good France event was organized on the initiative of chef Alain Ducasse and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. In 150 countries around the world, restaurants and embassies offered 2000 dinners to celebrate French Gastronomy, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. In each participating restaurant, the event paid tribute to a vibrant, open and innovative cuisine, while remaining true to its values of sharing, pleasure, and respect for good food and for the planet.