The event is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking; it emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature.
The participating restaurants include Bistro 22, Chapter One-Villa Monticello, Le Tandem, Papillon-Kempinski, Sankofa-Movenpick and The Orangery; all in Accra.
The rest are The Royal Senchi in the Eastern Region, Euphoria-Protea Hotel Marrriot and The Pub; both in Takoradi; and the View Bar and Grill in Kumasi.
Speaking at the launch of the event in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Francois Pujolas, the French Ambassador to Ghana, said this year’s edition being in Ghana was a tenfold improvement upon that of last year.
He recounted that last year, the international gastronomical event, initiated by famous French Chef Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development was a great success, with the participation of over 1,000 restaurants all over the world.
He said this year’s event, which is the second edition, 150 countries around the world, restaurants and embassies would offer 1,5000 dinners to celebrate France’s Gastronomy, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage; by inviting the public to savour a French dinner.
He said the French Gastronomy had opened its country to the rest of the world and seeking to promote a better world.
Mr Pujolas said 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.
“The menu’s price is at the restaurant’s discretion and they are encouraged to donate five per cent proceeds to a local non-governmental organisation promoting health and environment,” the Ambassador said.
“This will be a rare opportunity for Ghana to discover and enjoy the ‘Taste of France’ here in the country,” he said.
The Ambassador will host an exclusive French Gastronomical dinner at his residence in Accra on the day of the event to showcase the theme.
For this special occasion, a young talented French Chef, Mr Nicolas Nguyen Van Hai, from the famous restaurant “Le Chapon Fin” from Bordeaux city has been invited to Accra, to serve a prestigious dinner to high-profile guests from politics, business and cultural community as well as the media in Ghana.
Mr Sander Neu, the General Manager of Protea Hotel Select, Takoradi, on behalf of his colleagues lauded the French Embassy for giving them the nod to partake in this year’s event.
He said the French kitchen was very dear to his heart adding that deserving kinds of French dishes and wines would be served at to make the occasion a very remarkable one.