Ten Maltese restaurants, including the Institute for Tourism Studies, will participate in a French food festival known as Good France. This will be the third participation of Maltese restaurateurs in the international festival which this year will host around one thousand restaurateurs world wide.
Speaking on the French cuisine which is renowned internationally, Mark Camilleri – an ITS lecturer – said that it is difficult that one identifies exactly what distinguishes the French cuisine from others, particularly because it has Mediterranean and European gastronomy. At the same time, he said that it has a unique mark associated mostly with the quality of ingredients used in cooking.
Mr Camilleri added that probably this is also one of the reasons why the French do not have obesity problems due to the fact that their diet contains a lot of vegetables and fruit, and avoids fat. “I would say probably it would be ingredients .. using good fresh ingredients and going towards not the processed foods would be the answer,” Camilleri said.
French ambassador, Le Fraper de Hellen, said that the Good France international festival on the 21st of March is a celebration not only of gastronomy and French culture.
“Why cuisine, why cooking? Because you know, when, and how do you get people together to exchange ideas… to speak culture… to speak tolerance and understanding?,” Ambassador de Hellen asked. “Of course… it is around the dinner table, around food… so cuisine, by itself, is a way to promote tolerance and understanding.”
Internationally renowned chef, Julien Duboue’ will visit Malta and prepare a dinner for the occasion at the ambassador’s residence in Żebbuġ.