OnThursday 19 March, 20restaurants around the UK will join over 1,300 chefs from all five continents for a worldwide celebration of French food and drink.Goût de France/Good France is a global initiative supported by the French Foreign Ministry and three-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. The event showcases a cuisine that is dynamic, outward-looking and innovative, whilst remaining true to its values of sharing, enjoyment and respect for good food.

In the UK, chefs at 20 restaurants have devised special French gourmet menus, which will be served to diners on19 March.Menus include a traditional French aperitif, hot and cold starters, a fish course, a meat course, a cheese course, a chocolate dessert and French wines and liqueurs. A range of restaurants – from local bistros to fine dining – are taking part. Menus will be based on fresh, seasonal and local produce with reduced levels of fat, sugar, salt and protein. Dishes already announced include scallops with blood oranges, roast partridge breast, wild seabass with celeriac, and white chocolate and rhubarb soufflé.

  • Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester with ChefJocelyn Herland
  • Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons with
  • Boulestin with ChefAndrew Woodford
  • Boundary Restaurant with ChefFrederick Forster
  • Brasserie Joel with ChefIshizuka Walter
  • Brasserie Zedel with ChefAndrew Parkinson
  • Casse-Croûte with ChefSylvain Soulard
  • Club Gascon with ChefPascal Aussignac
  • Escoffier with ChefJonathon Warner
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon with ChefXavier Boyer
  • Ladurée at Harrods with ChefPierre Mirepoix
  • Le Petit Nantais with ChefJean-Philippe Gravier
  • Marianne with ChefMarianne Lumb
  • Mirabelle with ChefLionel Strub
  • Pollen Street Social with
  • Rivea London with ChefAlexandre Nicolas
  • The Balcon with ChefVincent Menager
  • The Grill at the Dorchester with ChefChristophe Marleix
  • The Vineyard with ChefDaniel Galmiche
  • Pillars Restaurant, University of West London with Chef The students, led by Chef Coaker

Members of the public can view participating restaurants’ menus on the Good France website:www.goodfrance.com. Table bookings should be made directly with the restaurant.

On19 March, the French Ambassador to the UK, Sylvie Bermann, will host aGoût de France/Good France VIP gala dinner at the French Residence, in the presence of French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Matthias Fekl.

Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, said: “France’s heritage is its cuisine, its wines (…) The gastronomic meal of the French has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2010, but it is a heritage that should not simply be contemplated, glorified and savoured; it is a heritage that should be built upon and showcased.”

Chef Alain Ducasse said: “The common point of this event is generosity, sharing and the love of what is beautiful and tastes good. It will be a delightful interlude and an opportunity to celebrate French cuisine worldwide.”