American nouvelle cuisine feted in Paris gastronomy festival
Paris gastronomy festival is set to welcome star chefs from both sides of the Atlantic to celebrate American nouvelle cuisine.
PARIS, April 4, 2008 - With ties between France and the United States simmering with good cheer, a Paris gastronomy festival is set to welcome star chefs from both sides of the Atlantic to celebrate American nouvelle cuisine.
Opening on Independence Day on July 4, the Gastronomy By The Seine festival
will see three-star chef Guy Savoy and young master Helene Darroze mix with
California sensation Traci des Jardins and San Francisco gourmet David Kinch.
"There is a new wave of American nouvelle cuisine from the west coast that
we want to learn more about," said festival organiser Michel Cloes from Chef
Culinary Network, an industry group.
Over three days, top chefs, food critics, industry officials and just plain
'foodies' will converge on the banks of the River Seine and aboard several
yachts to take part in the event.
It is being touted as the first international gastronomy festival to be
held in Paris by organisers who hope to turn it into an annual affair.
For the environmentally conscious, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) is
taking part to promote sustainable fishing among food lovers and Euro-toques,
an organisation representing some 4,000 European chefs and cooks.
WWF in December launched a campaign to promote better choices in fish and
seafood consumption, saying 75 percent of the world's fish stocks were either
depleted or overfished.
"Chefs have an important role to play in our campaign," said WWF
representative for France, Charles Braine.
"They have such an aura and if they were to act on behalf of sustainable
fish exploitation, it's clear that it would have an impact," he said.
Other than workshops, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations and
The winner of the first young European chief contest will be announced to
recognize the talents of a budding haute cuisine master who is under the age
Organisers say delegations from China, India and Japan will be attending
amid plans to put their cuisine in the spotlight during future festivals.