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Simple cooking - topic of Gastronomy Feast, 3rd edition


Simplicity is the ingredient of best things, said Yazid Ichemrahen, special guest at Gastronomy Feast, which focuses on simple cooking this year.

Gastronomy Feast gathers, Friday through Sunday, master classes, special culinary events, product presentations and concerts.

The event opened in Bucharest at the French Embassy in the presence of special guests and of French ambassador François Saint Paul.

The French diplomat spoke about multiple aspects of gastronomic art. “In France, gastronomy represents 230 billion euros business figure and 1.3 million jobs. Gastronomy does not mean a way of living, it is also a major economic asset,” the ambassador said.

He added that Gastronomy Feast was at the third edition in Romania.

Fos the event, Yazid Ichemrahen creates a reinterpretation of the classic “black forest” cake. Because the product contains 40% chocolate and 60% cherries, he made the cake in the shape of a giant cherry.

In his turn, Andrei Tamas, chef at the French Embassy, spoke about the theme of this year’s event.

“The theme is simple cooking, simple food, meals with friends or the family. While in past years we tried fusion cooking, molecular cooking, this year we get back to traditions,”he said.

He pointed out the bonding role of food. “In general meals are bonding points. At table we tell stories with the family or friends. Food bonds us,” Tamas added.

Florence and Daniel Cathiard, owners of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, who came to Romania for the first tome to visit vineyards and know local wines, were special guests at the event. Mrs Cathiard is chairperson of the Higher Council of Oenotourism in France.

The third edition of Gastronomy Feast, a series of events celebrating French gastronomy, is organized by the French Embassy in Romania, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania, the French Institute in Romania and Business France, next to their partners.

Initiated in France in 2011, to celebrate the admission of French gastronomy in UNESCO patrimony, the event wants to turn to account specific products, the way they are prepared and presented, as well as all services that developed around this art.

Gastronomy Feast spread at international level to promote French products among experts and the public.